Is it just me, or does it seem like December is flying by? In a little over two weeks, it'll be Christmas, and a few short days following that will be 2012 ... whoa, we're all getting older, aren't we?
So as we are full on holiday season mode, I am feeling especially behind this year. All I've done so far is decorate my mantle and I use "decorate" rather lightly, because all I've really done is spread out some prelit garland and smattered some glass ornaments about. I went to Costco last night thinking that I would finally get some of those pretty wreaths and oversized ornaments and ran into a whole lotta nada. It's still early December and I'm already left with the dregs of holidays decorating. At this point I am pretty sure I will not make it to tree-dom.
As for my Christmas gift meter, I am on fumes and going nowhere fast. It's apparently all about me here, because I've managed to buy myself two pairs of shoes this week (these and these, how could I not) but not a single present. And to make things better, I don't even have a list yet.
It's not even like I have a lot of presents to purchase - I usually limit gift giving to the immediate family and the BF. Not even buds or co-workers. But I am already envisioning a total copout year filled with envelopes of gift cards. (Do I think people like gift cards? Sure - but is it really thoughtful and heartfelt? Well ...)
I can't be fully blamed though, because my tiny gift-giving circle is also the most difficult group of people to buy things more. Big sis and hubby already have pretty much everything they want, plus sis is a bit luxe, a lot particular. Little nephew is also the first grandchild for both families, so he was already king of the castle years ago - he loves cars, and already has every single thing produced on four wheels. Mom wants - seriously, the woman means it - absolutely nothing. Dad loves himself some tennis and in his retirement I am finding out who I got my shopaholic gene from because this man owns about the same number of rackets as a Sports Authority. BF ... shoot, I think I am living with a future star of Hoarders. So can I admit my lame defeat yet?
What kind of holiday shopper are you? Do you plan and prep in advance or revel in the last-minute shuffle? Who is the hardest person your to buy gifts for?
Sweater: J.Crew tippi (sim cabled here)
Shirt: Lands' End Canvas heritage oxford (striped on sale here)
Skirt: Limited high-waist (worn here - sim here, more orange-y here)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction swim n fool (worn here - sim here, platform here, luxe here)
Necklace: Old Navy ethnic statement (worn here - sim feel but pricey here, single here)