Here we go….

SO we are officially hurtling towards the festive season and I can honestly say, hand on heart, my preparations so far can only be described as minimal.
Purchases include a panetonne, some Christmas crackers and a few cards. I have friends who have virtually finished their Christmas shopping and are already planning their New Year’s Eve party. In fact I am beginning to think that by the time the big day actually arrives, they will have fast tracked their festive season and brought twelfth night forward so they can ‘get on’ with 2012 as swiftly as possible.
I have, however, made a list in a notebook of all the things that have to happen pre-Christmas. These include finishing the gardening and decorating the landing….so I am starting to think that maybe I am in a bit of denial about the fact that on Thursday this week advent officially begins. While other people will be decking the halls, I will be up a ladder with a pot of emulsion.
However, when it comes to party outfits I seem to be very well advanced. Having realised that for the last five years I drag out the same sad black top and take fashion mag advice to ‘dress it up with accessories to bring it bang up to date’ and pair this with some smart-ish jeans and a pair of boots I figured it was about time I invested in a couple of grown up fashion items. Thus I have invested as follows:
Black slinky cat suit with gold belt, glitter court shoes (Matalan £14-bargain!) a sequin top, gold sparkly shrug, cute little dress, various dangly earrings and a faux fur jacket. So that’s me sorted for the festive season-just need a few parties to go to now!
And, yes, the guilt has seeped in to my inner being and today being Mega Monday, I will be joining millions of other people as I embark on my online Christmas shopping spree. Apparently 3,300 orders will be placed on line every minute today, making it a Mega Monday. Who comes up with these labels? Does it mean that tomorrow will be Tetchy Tuesday, followed by Weepy Wednesday, Thoughtless Thursday, Frightful Friday, Stupid Saturday and Sulky Sunday?

Published by Sarah Adams

I am the author of The Life Edit, an eight step personal development coaching programme that harnesses the power of journalling and writing to help people make transformational changes to their lives. I am also journalist and writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines, TV and online for the last 35 years, and an accredited personal development practitioner. I have written books, appeared on TV and radio and have worked in the world of corporate communications as a senior manager. I launched and ran The Community Media Group for ten years-this is a social enterprise that exists to produce professional, community newspapers in socially challenging areas as well as providing free training.

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