Do you ever get those moments of panic? Like you wake up and realize it’s less than two weeks until Christmas and you haven’t bought a single present? Or that you don’t even know what you plan to do Christmas day? I had that panic for a few moments today. This flu thing has thrown me off my game. I can barely get all the work done, so I’ve sort of left all the extra for another day. And I’m not really one to procrastinate. I think the freak out came after receiving several Christmas cards and I realized, I haven’t even bought any yet. This may be the first year in many, that I won’t be sending any out. I think I can live with that. And this may be the year that EVERYONE gets a gift card. I think I can live with that too. I probably won’t be making cookies, and I may buy one of those supermarket meals or have Christmas day catered. I can live with all of that too. As long as I have my kids and my husband, it’s all good.

So my question to you today is, what can you live with? What are some of your holiday traditions you can let slide without the guilt?


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

3 responses »

  1. I know some people think gift cards are a cop-out present, but personally, I love them. Beats the heck out of getting something you might have to return. This way you can get exactly what you want. :)

    As for cards, I’m not doing them this year either. I barely managed to get presents ordered and at least one may not make it on time. If so, the recipient will get a wrapped picture of it. *g*

  2. I used to bake so much but now I just do it right before Christmas if I have any time. My kids are older now so if they want something baked they can do it.


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