Today is the eleventh day of October. Which means tomorrow is the twelfth day of October. Which reminds me of the 12 Days of Christmas.
But, before I break out in song about lords-a-leaping, and pipers-piping, or even a handful of golden rings (Did you see what I did there?), we need to discuss the merits of ordering unique Christmas gifts early.
Around our house, we love to give gifts, but we want them to be meaningful. The actual dollar amount is irrelevant, as long as it is within the budget. Often, for our family, we make gifts or purchase unique items that are handmade by artisans. We have thrifted gifts, and even regifted gifts to someone in the family that had a greater need or more use for the item in question.
By way of confession, one of the categories of gifts that has always been high on our family's priority list is books. I know that may come as a surprise to everyone who reads this. But it is true. And I hope you have people in your life that love to read too.
Which brings us back to the opening commentary. If you have someone on your Christmas list for whom you are intending to purchase books written by me, it would be a great idea to make your purchases earlier rather than later.
It would break my heart if a child was left weeping on Christmas morning because their book was not ordered in time. Imagine how embarrassing it would be for the young man who would have to postpone the proposal because the books that were supposed to hold the engagement ring were out of stock.
Take my advice, avoid all those awkward scenarios by ordering early.
That's my hard sell. And they wonder why we're called starving artists.