From my perspective here is how a non-artist gets ready for the holidays:
1. Around Thanksgiving-make a list of stuff you need to do, like buying gifts for certain people, get a tree, making cookies, planning meals, etc. Look at ads, find good deals and plan accordingly.
2. Spend weekends leading up to the holidays either shopping for gifts, food, trees or baking, decorating, or wrapping. Mail out holiday cards.
3. Non artist is ready for Christmas before Dec. 25.
Here is how I get ready for the holidays:
1. Around Thanksgiving-work on making stuff out of clay until the last possible moment before the kiln needs to be fired and fire the kiln on a tight schedule so that no moment is wasted.
2. Spend weekends taking all the finished pieces to whatever holiday art fair is going on
3. Dec 17-Remember that Christmas is less than ten days away and panic that I have no ideas for gift giving
4. Go pick out a Christmas tree in the dark (forgetting to bring flashlights), chop it down, and stubble to car. Usually we are so late getting the tree the lot is sort of closed. We manage to find someone to pay though!
5. Decorate tree and watch cat undecorate lowest branches.
6. Eureka! Gift ideas come to me.
7. Begin making handmade gifts on Dec 22. Plenty of time!
8. Take annual trip to the mall to find non-handmade things. UG. Find nothing. Go to Pamida and Rite Aide and shop for any possible non-handmade gifts.(These are the closest stores are open in my last minute shopping fiasco-Rite Aide has a lot of candy and click pencils-this is usually what Chester gets in his stocking-poor Chester!)
9. Artist is ready for Christmas on Dec. 25
10. Mail holiday cards? Oops, I forgot to make them!
Now back to work....