And yes, I did hear strains of the Hallelujah chorus in that moment.
More often than not, I have at least a few stocking stuffers left to buy on Christmas Eve, or suddenly learn or realize by that afternoon that I’m going to celebrate Christmas Day with at least one person for whom I’ve yet to purchase even a small remembrance.
The only time I beat this year’s feat was a couple decades ago when I completed my shopping by mid-October. Problem was, since I didn’t have to rush around to purchase all the presents I was giving away, I felt like I hadn’t done enough to make the season bright for my loved ones.
As a result, I ended up spending even more on pretty much everyone. So by the time all the gift wrap and tinsel settled, I’d spent about twice what I’d planned.
The budget gods were not pleased!
Needless to say, I haven’t made the mistake of vastly early shopping since.
Instead, I now begin my Christmas lists by early fall, but typically don’t make any of the actual purchases until December rolls around. The reasons for this are many: this really does help me get into the holiday spirit; stores often offer excellent prices in December these days; I sometimes get Christmas bonuses that help to cover my holiday expenditures, thereby keeping my day-in, day-out budget on track.
Now I can spend today, Christmas Eve, wrapping the last of my packages, visiting friends, dropping off some of the baked goods I’ve made and attending a candlelight service at my church. Most important of all, it looks like I’ll have time to count my many blessings and to think about all the reasons why the holidays are truly joyous for me this year.
It’s my fervent prayer the same is true for all of you.
May you all have the very merriest possible Christmas and the happiest 2014 imaginable!
In other words, happy reading to all and to all a multitude of wonderful books.
WHEN DO YOU TYPICALLY DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES? DO YOU USUALLY MANAGE TO STAY ON BUDGET THIS TIME OF YEAR? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER, WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.