The first step was deciding what goodies to make, and who they went to....and then came the lists....lists for the pantry, lists for wrapping supplies, menus, party, and yes ultimately the gifts.
It seems everything is built on the anticipation for the big day, the big moment, and once it's done....it's done. Christmas is flicked off like a light switch, and I'm not just referring to the decorations. The good will, the getting along, the stress fun and excitement all seem to disappear as fast as you unplug the lights on the tree.
It's always over so fast.