December really got away from me this year. For the last few months, I've been involved with a committee for our library consortium -- we've been researching a potential new vendor for our integrated library system software. December was crunch-time -- we had to read literally thousands of pages of system proposals from various vendors, and had bunches of meetings culminating in an intense two-day meeting the week before Christmas where we decided on our top two choices. And in the midst of all of that, I interviewed for, was offered, and accepted a new job (!). My last day at my now-former job was December 21, and so in the midst of all that committee work, I was also trying to wrap things up at my job and get things in order for my eventual replacement. WAY too much going on.
So, yeah, December basically disappeared in the blink of an eye. I swear, one day I was thinking "Christmas is more than a month away..." and then all of a sudden it was December 22 and most of the things I'd hoped to do in the lead-up to Christmas just hadn't happened. We did get our tree and some other decorations up mid-month, and Santa arrived on time, and we managed to watch The Grinch and A Charlie Brown Christmas, so the important things were in place.
As a result, this year I am fully embracing the Twelve Days of Christmas idea. I am still in Christmas mode until January 6 (and I start my new job on January 7, so the timing is excellent). Today Ian and I did a couple of the little projects I'd hoped to do before Christmas. Tomorrow we'll bake some cookies before ringing in the new year. I still plan to do handprint ornaments with him at some point. I bought more eggnog at the grocery store today. And I'll be posting some more about Christmas in the next few days (assuming I keep myself motivated) -- so those of you for whom the holiday is OVER on December 26, consider yourselves warned!