How to survive last-minute Christmas shopping

I imagine Frodo Baggins, on last but not least destroying the One Ring, summed up my latest thoughts finest: “It’s in excess of. It’s carried out.” 

Xmas is behind us. Yet a different festive, yuletide holiday period is in the textbooks, and I no for a longer time devote my days teetering on the brink of a catatonic condition. 

One would feel the anxiety of Xmas in a pandemic was what pushed me towards the edge of my possess sanity. I upset one or two segments of my family – once again – by declining invites for massive gatherings. I also fretted over my kids in daycare and faculty, stressing for their protection. 

But no. 

I have realized to reside with those factors. At this issue, it’s type of program. 

(There’s a social commentary in that, somewhere…) 

No, the one facet of Xmas that stretched the restrictions of my supposedly seem brain, the one factor that produced my teeth chatter and my eyes twitch, was the buying.