Tis the Season or a Christmas Plea

Years ago when my boys, who are now 19 and 18, were barely out of diapers, I needed a meaningful gift for my mother-in-law. My budget was at a “what can we make from things we already have” level of low for gifts that year. I’m pretty sure that was the year the boys got sock puppets from Santa.

The materials in my craft drawer included items for scrapbooking and sewing. Because we had a Costco membership, I also had an overabundance of photos of the boys.


I decided to make a calendar with photos of the boys. It would cost nothing but my time – and I had plenty of it. Needless to say, my boys’ doting grandmother was over the moon and about the time of the following Thanksgiving, she started dropping not-so-subtle hints that she’d really like another calendar.

And so became an annual tradition. She loves these calendars so much, that I’ve learned to order well in advance to avoid anything that would delay delivery.

So you can imagine my shock when yesterday at lunch I realized I hadn’t ordered the calendar. Not only had I not ordered it, but I also had yet to begun gathering pictures of her grandchildren, which now include my husband’s sister’s kids as well.


After weighing the options between Snapfish and Shutterfly, I went with the former as it was the last day for a hefty promotional discount. Close to ten hours of Facebook stalking, surreptitious downloading, and clever graphic designing later, I clicked the button to submit my order.


The calendar is due to arrive less than 48 hours of exchanging presents with her. Please excuse me while I enter a state of perpetual prayer that this calendar arrives on time. I don’t think I could bear the look of disappointment if anything would cause her to think I didn’t follow through this year.

Are you done your holiday shopping? Are you waiting to make one mad dash to the mall on Christmas Eve? Are you somewhere in between? Let’s chat in the comments!


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