This holiday season feels compressed doesn’t it? I guess because Thanksgiving was so late this year. Christmas is in 3 weeks and we’re in the thick of things right now, but so far, no lost sleep or panicky situations. We have a new car so we don’t have to worry about the car dying in the middle of Times Square on delivery runs like last year or the timing belt falling off while circling around Grand Army Plaza like the year before. It was always the damn car that was the tipping point towards some kind of holiday madness breakdown.
Have you ever tied 250 ribbons? 500? How about 1000? It’s a lot harder than you’d think. We tie shoes and knots all the time, after all, but I remember the first time I underestimated how long or hard tying bows onto packages would be. I thought I would be done in 2 hours, but I ended up struggling with every other bow until I had to search on Youtube the proper way to tie a ribbon so that it’ll lie flat against the package. It’s so counterintuitive to how you tie a shoe. So my life these past few days is tying ribbons and bows for hours upon hours every day. Not so bad if you watch a movie or a show on the laptop (we started and finished The Walking Dead – we’re all caught up for when it resumes in February) and now that I think about it, I can associate a show to most of our holiday seasons. Last year during the massive calender production I watched all of Gossip Girl. The year before was binge watching Mad Men.
Sometimes I laugh when I think to myself, “my life is a pile of ribbons. I have a graduate degree and here I am tying endless ribbons all day”. Of course I want to slap myself for even thinking obnoxious, elitist thoughts, but I’m not going to lie…I do occasionally think them, even if it’s just in jest and I can laugh at myself. But the truth is, there can be something soothing about manual labor, as tedious as it is, and it’s definitely satisfying seeing a pile of finished, neatly bowed packages ready to be delivered. Every year we get faster, holidays are a bit more manageable and near nervous breakdowns seem to be a thing of the past. Hey, who says we’ve haven’t learned a thing or 2?
P.S. Holiday ordering deadline this year is December 13th.