I'm so behind with Christmas, I feel like going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head. Yes, I know it's only December 3rd but when most of your family lives across an ocean and there are air-mail deadlines looming, it's a problem. And don't even ask about Christmas cards.
I usually pride myself on doing a nice American-style card complete with family photo, although not in matching sweaters or anything like that. (Bear in mind that many people see us less than once a year so they like, nay demand, a photo.) This year it's going to have to be a lovingly put together JPEG collage which will be e-mailed to everyone. Let's face it, most people glance at their cards, perhaps display them over the festive season and then chuck them out anyway. Think of the trees....
And I've bought precisely two presents so far. Half of that problem is the teen thing - what to get them. I know they appreciate money and gift cards, so that they can choose their own clothes instead of having to pretend they love the shirt/top/jacket, but it gets very boring just handing over teeny little gift card presents.
So, what's been the cause of this woeful behindness? Well, on Friday I hit the "Send" button and e-mailed a 55,000 word first draft to my publisher. Despite the fact that it had been pretty much finished all week, I couldn't resist going over it again and again right up until the deadline. Chained to my desk I was, and boy did my back ache. Even though I have one of those proper ergonomic office chairs, I could barely walk by Thursday and actually lay on the sofa doing last minute edits. My lap top is now officially a stomach top.
Anyway, it's gone and I have to stop thinking about it and address this here Xmas problem. If I could come up with some gift ideas it would help.
Anyone bought any novel gifts? Perhaps I could steal your ideas.