It’s al­ways later than you think

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION - Bethany Tyler

I HAVE a con­fes­sion ... I am in no way ready for Christ­mas.

I kept telling my­self we were months out, but then I saw a post on­line that read “Only six more Mon­days un­til Christ­mas” and I started to freak out a lit­tle.

How has this hap­pened? I thought I had more time, I need more time.

This time last year, I had al­ready com­mit­ted to host­ing both Christ­mas Day and a New Year’s Eve party at my house.

The first week of Novem­ber saw me plan­ning out the menu and del­e­gat­ing what peo­ple could bring. I had al­ready put in a seafood or­der at the lo­cal fish­eries co-op.

Fast-for­ward 12 months to present day and I feel like it should be Au­gust.

To be fair, I kind of skipped two months of the year for over­seas travel, so maybe that’s why I feel so left be­hind by the hol­i­day calendar.

But be­tween the Michael Bublé Christ­mas car­ols play­ing at Safe­way and the Yoda Santa bauble at Typo, I can no longer ig­nore the fact that fes­tive cheer is here and spread­ing, like the plague.

I’m go­ing to have to start com­ing up with ideas for Christ­mas presents soon, and I’m one of those peo­ple who likes to get in early.

Af­ter all, you’re far bet­ter off cruis­ing the aisles this month than do­ing bat­tle with hordes of pan­icked De­cem­ber shop­pers.

To me, gift giv­ing is an art form. It’s not about spend­ing the most money or even get­ting some­one the thing they specif­i­cally asked for. It’s about find­ing “the right” gift.

You know the one. The light bulb mo­ment present that could be a $2 soap in the shape of a pug or a wine glass as big as the bot­tle.

You know what they say, you don’t choose the gift, the gift chooses you.

But even so, it’s good to be pre­pared, and I’ve been known to carry around a hand­writ­ten list of present ideas for each per­son. Just call me Santa. But this year I’ve got noth­ing. There are no gift ideas sim­mer­ing away, not one.

I’m not help­ing my predica­ment what­so­ever.

Two days ago I gave a friend a “just be­cause” gift and now I’m won­der­ing why I didn’t just keep it for Christ­mas.

This all means the New Year is creep­ing ever closer too, and I’ve achieved noth­ing.

I’ve not made good on any of my res­o­lu­tions and I don’t even know how I’m cel­e­brat­ing it.

‘Tis the sea­son to be stressed out.

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