Each year at Christmas, I rummage through the storage under the stairs dragging out boxes and sweepers and dusty seasonal items that I forgot I had until I get to the Christmas stash. Hunched over and hitting my head on the low ceiling, I'm hot and annoyed. I get everything stacked in the laundry room, then shove all the other crap back inside. Full of the joy of the season at this point!
While I go through it all, I see things I realize I could have used before I finally convinced myself that the do-I-or-don't-I decorating drop-dead date had arrived. Further annoyed and popping open a festive bottle of wine at this point.
This weekend I had a crackpot idea: I created a Christmas Starter Pack as I put stuff away. It's meant to be opened in November (when more organized, jolly women are putting up their tree). In it I put a few nativities for Advent, cards and stickers and outfits for the cats in case I can get anybody to wear one next fall. Naturally, I can't remember what else I should pack in there, so if you have any ideas, let me know. It's at the very front of all the boxes and bins so I can get to it.