Every year, my good friend M and I share this mission of having all our Christmas stuff done as early as possible. We even have a timeline–shopping done by around September (or earlier), gift wrapping finished by October (or earlier), Christmas cards written and mailed out by first week of November. It’s a great way to put the pressure on ourselves to be more efficient, especially with the holidays being such a hectic time of year. We also actually enjoy the process because we end up keeping tabs on each other, making sure that we’re on track and on time. The best thing is that by December, there is very little left to do, and more time can be spent bonding with the family :)
This year, I must admit I’ve been having difficulty sticking to the plan, while M is waaaaaaaaay ahead of me on all fronts. I think she is already done with most, if not all her Christmas shopping, while I’ve barely scratched the surface of my list. Currently, we are both on the lookout for the perfect Christmas card (as you will read in her blog entry here) and have begun to discuss with each other and finalize the “look” of our Christmas packaging (although at this time, I think she’s bought her wrapper and ribbon already :().
Among the three tasks, I think the latter is the one I take the most seriously. It’s also the one I have the most fun with because it allows me to let the creative juices flow :) Every year, choosing a theme or color motif is serious business for me! Hahaha! In other words, “kina-career” ko talaga! From the choice of wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tags and accessories–it MUST be perfection!