When I was a much younger man, a kid actually, I used to poke fun at my mother for beginning her Christmas plans around this time of year. She would (and still does) make a list of all the people she planned to purchase or make gifts for and then agonize over what to get them. She would also plan out her Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and develop her guest list for each family gathering. And there I was, the prince of procrastination, telling her to begin planning for the Fourth of July while she was at it in the most sarcastic voice I could muster.
Well, it turns out she was correct (as EVERY mother is about everything) in her October planning for a late December event. She was always the “Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?” type of mom and it’s a shame that if that philosophy came in apple form it fell very far from the tree in my instance. Anyway, it wasn’t until I was a fully (ahem)mature adult that it dawned on me why mom was fully justified in her autumnal holiday planning and the reasons why she was correct are as follows:
She was the master of the spacing out of holiday spending. For mom, the worst part of Christmas was when the credit card bills arrived in January. To avoid that single, massively depressing January credit card bill that took damn near the rest of the year to pay off, she spread those bills out over November and December as well. Needless to say, mom didn’t need to read last week’s blog about financial planning. She was, and still is, the princess of pecuniary policies.
When she went shopping (the physical form of shopping which involved a car, walking from store to store in the mall, hauling the presents home, etc.) in October there was always a wide selection of “stuff” to choose from. No matter who she was buying for, kids, dad, grandkids, co-workers, friends, relatives back in Ireland, she shopped from fully stocked shelves.
She always managed to find great deals prior to December in the form of Colombus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving Day or “just for the hell of it” day sales. She would scour the newspaper inserts in search of sales and deals that would keep her gift buying budget as low as possible and she was amazingly successful at it. Now, you can just scour the internet machine looking for great October and November deals.
She would spend a great deal of time planning for Christmas dinner and the earlier she started this process, the smoother it would go on December 25th (unless my drunken uncle caused “issues”). Of course, today MagicKitchen.com can eliminate a lot of that planning, prep work, and actual cooking by delivering a savory holiday dinner right to your door. Our prepared foods also make a great gift for not just yourself, but for any busy family or senior during the holiday season. Why not give someone the gift of time in the form of a pre-cooked Christmas dinner delivered right to their door?
Finally, and most importantly to mom, she always said that the more Christmas chores she could take care of prior to December, the more time she could spend with family and friends once the holidays arrived. To that end, having all her shopping done prior to the start of December gave her many advantages, but the most significant to her was the time it granted her which she used to spend with the people most important to her, her family.