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Christmas in February

February 19, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I am bound and determined this year not to let Christmas sneak up on me. Somehow, someway, it always manages to do so. As if the date is not ever eternally December 25th or something, I find myself scrambling for last minute gifts, stretching both November and December budgets, chintzing on some things when I’d really rather splurge…all because it seems to creep on me.

And I don’t understand that At All, because the stores do a fantastic job of reminding us that Christmas is approaching, I think, right around Halloween. There’s really no gradual transition. They take down the witches and put up the elves and Santas. Replace the piped in “H-A-double L-O-doubleU-doubleE-N spells Halloween-songs” with Burl Ives and red and green signage. I always scoff and shake my head at the blatant commercialism, but maybe there’s a method to their madness. Maybe it’s aimed at blatant procrastinators like me.

One of my resolutions this year was to work a little harder on the procrastination, and get some stuff done ahead of schedule. So far I’m doing okay in some areas and so-so in others. (FYI, blogging doesn’t help.) I have managed to buy the kids quite a few of their Christmas goodies for next year, and have a great list going of what needs to be purchased for other people as the year progresses. If I manage to knock this one huge thing out, I’ll be doing great.

I just received an email from Shutterfly that I’m going to pass along to you in case any of you are working on the same project. It’s for 20% off of photobooks and two free 8×10 prints when you purchase a photobook–the code is BOOKSANDPRIN TS. These photobooks, if you’ve never looked into them, make ideal gifts for grandparents and other people close to you, and although a little time consuming at first as you upload your photos to Shutterfly’s site, are not difficult at all to put together. Ranging in price (without the discount) from around $30 to $50, they fall into a good price range, as well. Happy Christmas Shopping!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2009 1:06 pm

    Hi there and thanks for visiting my food blog. I also have a family blog. I received the email today with thw coupon you mention and am determinted to make some books. I need to make some from 2004 to present-yikes!

  2. Ms. Crabtree permalink
    February 20, 2009 11:29 pm

    I love this post, because I often find myself scrambling around Christmas. The kids usually make out o.k. But my parents,husband and extended family get the shaft. I always say I want to have all the decorations and presents up early so I can enjoy the whole Christmas season. Thanks for the reminder. Good luck!

  3. hintonrae permalink*
    February 21, 2009 8:06 am

    Thank you! A kindred spirit! Happy to report that I completed the book last night around 11:30…one down, several more to go. Whoo-hoo!

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