Okay, now she's napping. I have moved from zero to somewhat prepared in my Christmas readiness - it's amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour at Target with focus and without children. As I think I rediscover every year, once I let go of the compulsion to buy everyone the Most Perfect Gift Ever, that they will treasure for many years and regale their grandchildren with tales of, it becomes much easier. A present that's good enough is still a present, and will probably be worn or played with or read or otherwise used at some point, and that's fine. Getting it to the recipient before Christmas day is also quite important, at least with kids.
(I have to pack a box and mail it to Ireland by December 9th, lest you think I'm crazy ahead of myself. I could use Amazon.co.uk or some other Internet source to buy myself more time, but I do really like just going shopping and picking things out myself. This, presumably, is why bricks-and-mortar stores still exist even in this click-button age. And I could shop for twelve-year-old girls all day. Which is unfortunate for those of my nephews and nieces who are no longer, or not yet, or have no hope of ever being a twelve-year-old girl, but quite happy news for the one who is.)
I have found some Christmas cards, but have yet to print out a few photos to accompany them - my nod to the American habit of sending cards featuring a lovely shot of you and your family, which to non-Americans seems simultaneously a bit pretentious but also very nice because it's good to see the kids growing up once a year. I have a lead on a present for my Dad, and some thoughts about the remaining people on the list. And when all that has gone to the post office, I might start contemplating gifts for my nearest and dearest and most demanding.
How are your Christmas preparations going? Or are you still hiding under the covers until it's really December?