I am the first person to moan about Christmas in November but the truth is that for the last few years now, I have spent November quietly getting organised. And let me tell you, it makes for a much more fun December.
Instead of spending the lead up to Christmas in a mild panic that I still have a hundred and one things to do, for the most part I can sit back and actually enjoy those few short weeks of December. The thing is, anyone with kids of school age will tell you, they really are the shortest weeks of the year and you spend at least one of those weeks going back and forth to cry at carol services, buy back your donations from the tombola at the fair and squeezing on to a plastic chair to watch the nativity in duplicate. Not that I’m complaining about the back and forth to school bit, I love it in fact. But being organised in November means that I can do all that (and more) knowing that I don’t have a mountain of wrapping still to get through or that elusive present to source. There’s always at least one, isn’t there?
I always thought that being organised would somehow suck the fun out of Christmas. I used to think that the hustle and bustle of December was all part of the joy of the festive season. The truth is that I am not a very organised person by nature. It has taken me a good couple of years to really perfect the whole getting organised in November thing, but I wouldn’t do Christmas any other way now. Don’t get me wrong, we never go all out crazy at Christmas but having a large family means that it still takes some serious organising. I would much rather do it while I still have breathing space in November when running out of sellotape doesn’t feel like the end of the world. And I nearly always run out of sellotape.
The responsibility of making Christmas happen every year has always fallen firmly on my shoulders. All Mr Mostly has to do is buy my present. And I have to be honest here and say this isn’t me playing martyr, I like it that way. Trying to make Christmas special is my thing, you know? From making sure everybody is in the right place at the right time, to the buying and wrapping of all the presents for everyone. From the finding of the perfect tree to the making of the paper chains. I love every bit of it. I have lists coming out of my ears. Lists for dates, lists for presents, lists for food, lists for lists!
Plus this year, I have taken it upon myself to also pay for Christmas all by myself too. Every invoice paid in the last couple of months (no matter how tiny) has been squirreled away and now I am slowly but surely been ticking things off my many lists. I might not be all done by the end of November as it seems to be sneaking up on me a little sooner than I realised (why oh why can’t people pay me on time?!) but the lion’s share will certainly be done. And it feels good, you know? I’ll be able to sit back in December knowing that I have done all of this for them.
Are you secretly organised too this year? Or will you be running out of sellotape come Christmas Eve?