I exist to make holiday-happy, put-a-wreath-on-it folks (you know who you are) feel superior. My name's Pat, and I'm a Christmas slacker.
Today is December 13, a lucky date for those of you who finished shopping for gifts, wrapped them beautifully (no gift bags for you!), and placed them under a decked-out tree.
You achievers, though, tend to doubt yourselves. Quit it! You're making me and the elves crazy. Stop kicking yourself for forgetting someone on your list. You made a list. High five!
Do you wish you'd put up multi-color light strands instead of white or white instead of multi-color? Dude, you put up lights.
Are you second guessing the Starbucks card you bought for your child's teacher? Stop angsting. You know how you chug coffee before you wake up your kid for school? Multiply one kid times thirty and you'll understand how much a latte or cappuccino means to a teacher. Parent of the Year! Parent of the Year!
Wish you'd retouched the paint on the wooden reindeers prancing across your front lawn? Know I drive by your house to admire them every day. Who notices faded paint when the reindeer hold their heads at such a jaunty angle? You rock!
What? You baked tried-and-true sugar cookies instead of making Martha Stewart's Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies? You made cookies! They'll be no lumps of coal in your stocking.
By this time next week, I may have a decorated tree. If so, it's because of the shining example y'all have set.
That said, would it have killed you to set the bar a little lower?
Your turn: Do you prepare for the holidays weeks in advance or prefer the adrenaline rush of last-minute shopping?