‘Tis the Season…..for Short Cuts….
The Day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday—is not just the kick off for the shopping season. It’s more like the day the starter’s gun loudly goes off, signaling the mad dash toward the holidays and end of the year. We collectively race toward Christmas, Hanukkah or other holiday celebrations, decorating, communicating through cards, cooking and…..compromising as there is NO way to get everything done…much less get it done perfectly.
Not at my house anyway.
Take decorating. If the decision to haul everything out of storage and get it all prettily placed, perched and plugged in isn’t made fairly close to Thanksgiving, the front end Window of Enjoyment is gradually moved further back…risking decorations doubling as Super Bowl adornments for maximum use and appreciation. Uncooperative strings of Christmas lights, requiring painstaking unraveling and hanging in outside trees were so time-consuming and tedious one year; I simply gave up, tossing the knotted ball of lights up into a sturdy branch. Lit up, it was a perfectly plausible Star of Bethlehem.
Online shopping is a huge help making up for time lost cursing and wrestling with the lights….not taking the time to write down what was ordered serves as a source of happy surprises when rediscovering what the heck I bought when it arrives.
Inevitably, last year’s post-holiday sale purchases I so cleverly acquired and hid in an attempt to be ahead of the game this Christmas can’t be found.
Cleaning for company definitely requires short cuts. Handy step ladder placement in the entryway with strategic drop cloths around the house allows blame for dusty premises to be laid squarely at the feet of an imaginary contractor. “Having work done….Can ‘t believe the painter didn’t get finished in time….maybe by New Years!” Our cats regularly take the fall for having to close off parts of the house, “Those darn cats shed everywhere—you’re allergic, right?”
Christmas cards are the new Valentines for me. With that freeing decision made, the pressure is off until I have to find my address book…..probably should start now.
Yes, ‘Tis the Season of Short Cuts and for missing deadlines…..like this story……
It was due December 1st.
Hoping your Holidays aren’t short on Happiness.