If sometimes you feel overwhelmed by this holiday crunch time, then this top ten list is for you... Ten Signs that the Holidays are Here...
10. You've already given up on any diet that you started during the year. How can you begin to count calories after you've just downed two pieces of your aunt's famous chocolate cream pie (in addition to snacking on the sugar cookies, the cheese and crackers, and that delicious pumpkin tart)?
9. Each day, you're afraid your mailbox might possibly tip over from all the holiday catalogs and coupons that come in the mail. Even worse, you're afraid the collection that has now overtaken your living room might present a real fire hazard.
8. Your DVR/VCR is already set to record all your holiday favorites--How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown's Christmas, etc. etc.
7. You literally have no place left to write on your calendar. Every single square is covered in notations about sales, visits with friends and family, and other holiday parties and events.
6. You've already mapped out your Black Friday route. Not only do you have a list of stores to visit on your agenda, but you've also created a list of areas within each store to visit. You'll be camping out at 3 a.m. so that you have access to the best selection. You're on a mission!
5. You've already started to drop subtle hints to friends and family about what you can use-- a new car, a new Apple iPad. (Oh, and you've started asking the not so subtle questions yourself..."So...you're favorite restaurant is..." "And you are a size....larrrrggg, no medium. That's right.")
4. You've already figured out what bills you can scrimp on this month. "Hmmm....let's see. If I don't pay the electric company this month, they will still have to wait for another full month before they threaten to shut my lights off..."
3. You've already made your family crazy about buying and coordinating matching outfits for the
2. You've already started testing all the outside and inside lights. Hey, you don't want to go through the actual trouble of setting up the decorations only to learn that your beloved lighted Rudolph is now missing a few limbs.
1. The kids' TV commercials have pushed you over the limit. If you see one more advertisement for that (fill in the blank) toy, you're going to hurl the next object that winds up in your hands directly at the TV. Of course, these commercials have delightfully persuaded your kids that the meaning of Christmas is...TOYS.
Bonus: You've now started assessing the past year...you know...what you've accomplished...what you didn't accomplish. The guilt of what didn't get accomplished will always make the top of your New Year's resolution list for next year...guaranteed.