Stuffing in the Christmas jobs amid the Christmas joys

Do you ever have those moments this time of year where you wonder how the ho-ho heck you are going to get everything done?

I fully admit that I love the Christmas season and probably take on a little more than I should, but I can’t help myself. I want to take advantage of the month leading up to the holiday and make as much merry as I can. It’s my favorite time of the year.

But I realized over the weekend that trying to fit in all the cookie baking and bread making that I want to between all the holiday gatherings and shows, basketball tournaments, soccer games and seasonal events like the Garden of Lights is going to make my go batty.

I’m organized, but there is only so much time. And I only have one vacation day remaining for the year.

Right now I’m struggling to find a way to get all of my presents out so I can take a look at what I have, organize them in piles or bags and then tuck them neatly away until I have a chance to wrap them. Working during the daytime while the kids are in school and out of the house can be difficult this time of year.

I was talking to a friend about the very same thing. She is organized and is a visual person and wants to physically see what she has rather than looking at her list. Because she is home when her kids also are home, she waited until they were long asleep over Thanksgiving and hauled everything out, got the gifts prepped for wrapping and then hid them. She was up until 1:30 a.m. to make it happen.

That’s what I think I’ll be looking forward to this weekend. I have most of my shopping done, but I need to take count and assess to make sure I have everything I need and that the kids are nearly evenly matched in what will be under the tree.

All of that is hard to do when kids are around so … I’ll suck it up and put in long hours one night like my friend.

But I’ll feel better in the morning.

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