Surprise! …What? You were doing something else this month?
I’ve been thinking a lot this year about how to handle Christmas. Last year, due to depressing, move-related circumstances, I was not able to begin buying Christmas presents until the second week of December. I had, however, picked out and bookmarked a lot of the things I was planning on getting for the kids. When I went back to the pages though, many of them had increased in price. By a lot. (I was going to get the boys a very basic swingset – just two swings – for $100. When I went back to buy it, it was either $150 or $200. This was just two or three weeks later.) Some things were sold out, too. I bought Max a very small trampoline with a handle, and I had to order it from someone on Ebay instead of through Amazon. Now, it’s not like this was a surprise or anything, everyone knows that the crazy level increases the closer things get to Christmas, but that was the first time that I had marked the things I wanted and then gone back later, and so it was the first time I realized HOW MUCH prices go up and things get scarce in December.
So obviously (and yes, everyone already realized this, I’m sure – including me) earlier preparation would be better. I never really liked the whole “Christmas in July” thing, though. It’s too hot to feel Christmas-y, and it’s really too early, in my opinion. What a kid wants in July may not be anything like what they’d like in December. I often do Christmas in November, but I find myself sidetracked by Thanksgiving. In October I’d much rather play with Halloween than worry about Christmas. September, on the other hand…aside from one last fling with summer over Labor Day weekend, what have you got going on in September? For lots of people September is the breather in between summer and the holidays, so why not put that down time to good use? Especially if it’s going to save money, make Christmas more fun, and finally let you make handmade presents as you’re meaning to do every year?
So! Interspersed with the posts about things that are going on this month (Charlie’s party, our trip we’re taking this weekend, regular crafting) I’m going to be posting ideas for handmade gifts that are cheap, awesome, or both, and who knows, maybe even some crafts and decorating ideas.
In the meantime, take a look at 10 Great Gifts to Make at the Last Minute and 10 Gifts to Knit or Crochet for Babies. Because wouldn’t it be fun to get some of this taken care of in September?
What a great idea! I have so many things I want to make for Christmas this year, I should really get on it! I’m excited to see what you post about!
Good idea Tersa Merry Christmas dear!
You just read my mind! I started my presents in August so I actually will finish in time this year. 😀
I on the other hand love the whole early Christmas thing I mean it’s the most wonderful time of the year why not give it a head start Christmas is wonderful Santa Claus, the decor, the dinner, and of course the holiday cheer I mean come on it’s only 93 days away (not long at all) Merry Early Christmas! From the Boudreaux family!
i agree with demarcus. the early christmas thing is even better because you can enjoy it for more time. people saying “I love it, but don’t want to see it for 2 months” shows they must not like it that much, especially since early november without christmas fun is dull, brown and boring. for me the christmas season starts unofficially in september and offially first day of november. merry christmas!