Are we ready to get organized for Christmas?
It's the traditional opening greeting of the Christmas Countdown. Problem is, each year when I ask the question, I have to remind myself to duck!
I've seen it happen year after year: we careen into the first day of the Countdown saying to ourselves, "It can't possibly be time to prepare for the holidays!"
For many of us, the coming of the holiday season brings a feeling of panic in its wake--and I am not one whit different.
Where is your time sense stuck? Do you still feel as if it's back-to-school week? Are you stuck farther into the past, imagining sunny summer sunshine outside the bedroom curtains?
This year, I'm still mentally mired in July--and I wonder, with a sense of panic, how it ever got to be so late into the autumn without my noticing. With just 63 days to go, will there be enough time to create a warm and memorable holiday for my husband, children, grandchildren and friends?
But I also know a secret. No matter how "behind" I feel, how overwhelmed I think I am, how stressed, over-committed or distracted I may be, there is plenty of time to have the stress-free holiday of my dreams.
The Countdown works. I know it works, because I've shared it with thousands of families who have told me so, year after year.