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November 21, 2013

KEPPELER: It's beginning to look a lot like ...

Tonawanda News — I had a stunner of a realization Wednesday, and because I needed to write a column anyway, now I’m sharing it with you:

Christmas is less than five weeks away.

Not so much time, really, is it? A mere 34 days. And so much to do in that meager span: Shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, visiting, etc. And that’s around and in between the usual stuff of our daily lives, like work and family and, well, sleep. It’s enough to make even the most laid-back of holiday shoppers a bit concerned.

I’m generally not one to complain much about Christmas creep — I like the holiday season, and I have no problem admitting that — but it even got to me this year. When I see visits from Santa in the Today & Tomorrow listings two days after Halloween, even I start getting a little grumpy. Several radio stations have even made it onto my “banned” list at least until next Friday.

And yet if you don’t start early, it’s too easy to get overwhelmed. I usually wind up making a number of gifts, and without an early start, those last few days before the holiday are anything but festive. And I’m a huge advocate of getting Christmas shopping, at least for my kids, done early, even if it means I’m eavesdropping on all successive conversations with Santa, just in case they come up with something that they absolutely NEED the jolly ol’ fella to bring them. (Something realistic, anyway. It’s been firmly established that Santa has limits in this household, and never you mind what the other kids at school are telling you.)

So what’s a fan of Christmas to do?

I can only speak for myself, but the rules I’ve established thus are as follows:

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