Holiday Head-Smack

It is a beautiful, snowy day in Colorado. My mind turns to the holidays, decorating the tree and wrapping gifts. It’s time to get busy!

I’ve made my list. My craft room is organized and stocked with new paintbrushes, glue and glitter. Coupons and email offers are neatly filed in a pocket organizer. I’m all ready to start making and buying gifts!

While my intentions are good, the reality is, there’s just one more thing I need to get started: time. And I can’t find it anywhere.

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Catalogs. Commercials. Pop-up ads. Everywhere I turn, I’m offered suggestions for the best way to procure presents. I’m not ready for this at all! Shopping has become a major sport; when I have time to shop, parking lots are jammed and checkout lines are endless.

Purchase gifts online? Perhaps; but I still like to look at what I’m buying…hold it, turn it over, and examine the quality…before I hand over the credit card. Especially when the item is a gift.

I feel overwhelmed. There must be a better way to do this, I think to myself. What can I do to simplify the gathering of gifts for family and friends? Then I realize, I’ve had the answer all along: chocolate!

Yes, of course, chocolate – that’s it! Easily acquired, won’t break the bank, and a flavor for everyone. Lots for my best friends and those I love; smaller quantities for those in the outer circles. Why didn’t I think of this before? And why don’t more people do this? Just think how much better society would function if we all gave chocolate.

My list in hand, I’m going to the Chocolate Crisis Center today to pick flavors and doses for everybody.

Now, about those Christmas cards…

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