"I stopped believing in Santa Clause when I was six. Mother took me to a department store to see him and he asked for my autograph." Shirley Temple
My kids haven't believed in Santa Clause for a long time, but they still wanted to bake cookies for him even years after they stopped believing he was real! And that was one more activity to plan. Speaking of which, are you a planner or a pantster when it comes to the holidays?
When I write, I don't like to fly completely by the seat of my pants. I prepare a skeleton outline and then go where my characters lead me. No detailed outline or spreadsheet for me--I think my head would explode if I tried to that. So I fall somewhere in between.
Same with holiday planning; I wouldn't dare try to do everything just days before Christmas (although I usually do wrap presents on Christmas Eve). I'll mail my Christmas cards this week, as well as finish my Christmas shopping. I'll do my baking this weekend. So hopefully, by Christmas morning, everything I need to do will already be done!
I envy all the organized among us who buy their presents right after Thanksgiving and have their cards mailed by December 1.
From what I've observed, having the ability to organize is genetic. My husband (whose parents are extraordinarily organized) is a very ordered person--I am not. My dad had piles on his desk, and for some reason, so do I. And I know exactly what's in my piles and where to find what I need.
I don't like clutter, but beware of my closet. If you go in, you may not come out! I'm also a procrastinator--that drives Mr. McKenzie nuts! But somehow we manage to complement each other. I suppose the old saying is true: opposites attract.
Time to put the writing aside and catch up on some more Christmas--dare I say the word--details!
Are you a holiday planner or pantster? Thanks for stopping by!