Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Wednesday Discussion: Are You a Holiday Planner or Pantster
My kids don't believe in Santa Clause anymore either, but they still want to bake cookies for him! And that's 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 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 finally mailed my Christmas cards today, and I only have three more gifts to buy. 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 has 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 some how 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!