Christmas is a Sneaky Little Thing.

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  1. Anonymous

    October 6th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Dude. I started with my kids layaway already. I ain't playing around this year.

  2. a la Maxfield

    October 6th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    It always does sneak up! I start brainstorming what to make my family members for next year, the day after Christmas. It's so difficult sometimes. When is the American Thanksgiving? Our Canadian one is on October 13 this year, but my mom raised me and I've always known "don't do anything Christmas-y until after Remembrance Day! Honour the veterans!" Though, I love Christmas and really do wish it could be year round…

  3. Katie @ A Beautiful Little

    October 6th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Very true! I shop all year round so it spreads out the budget! I have half of my shopping done šŸ™‚ This will be fun to read!

  4. P!nky

    October 6th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I'm 100% with you. I am a Christmasaholic, but won't start any celebrating or decorating before Thanksgiving either. I love thanksgiving and LOVE to embrace the Christmas season once it's time. But, I'm also with you on shopping early. Makes life more fun!

  5. Fairy Princess Jord

    October 6th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I would love to help out with your best friend gift guide. This is a great idea, your eight Christmas shopping starts way before December (or at least it should if you hope to avoid chaos!)

  6. Kristen

    October 6th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    i start planning christmas presents in like july, buying starts in like october or so. but i'm australian, so thanksgiving is never on my brain lol. christmas all the way! šŸ™‚

  7. Kate @ Another Clean Slate

    October 6th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Ohh great idea! Hopefully I'll get some good ideas. I always have a hard time shopping for my dad.

  8. Carly Blogs Here

    October 6th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I love this idea! I'm with you on trying to keep Christmas until after Thanksgiving, while starting to shop as early as possible– you're so right about it sneaking up on you!

  9. Anonymous

    October 6th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I am SO excited for this! I also believe that Christmas shouldn't be celebrated until after Thanksgiving though!

  10. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    October 6th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    so true!

  11. Life with Lolo

    October 6th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I totally agree that shopping has to happen early – heck I have Christmas gifts in mind all year long for some people! Very excited about your gift guide!

  12. Nadine Lynn

    October 6th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I love this! I try to get an early start on the shopping but sometimes I slip up and find myself in a bind come December! Plus who has money to buy all the presents in one month?! I dont!

  13. Rebecca Chapman

    October 6th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    This is so awesome, Chelsea! I am always such a terrible procrastinator with gifts. It's mostly because I get too excited and want to give everyone their gift way too early but I NEED to plan better this year!

  14. SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    October 6th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Yay! Can't wait. I suck at gift giving and I love guides. I also like to get them out of the way ASAP.

  15. Because of Jackie

    October 6th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I am on a MISSION this year! Working on having all my shopping done by December 1st, so I can truly enjoy the season instead of running around like a crazy lady;)

  16. Karen M. Peterson

    October 6th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I have never really done any shopping before Thanksgiving because laziness. But this year I already have a few presents bought, which is a good thing since I'm going to have some additional gifts to buy this year!

  17. Abigail Driscoll

    October 6th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Yay! This is great, I'm excited to see what is in store for the gift guides šŸ™‚

  18. Crumbs and Curls

    October 6th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I feel the exact same way about Thanksgiving/Christmas! I feel like Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday because so many people go from Halloween straight to Christmas. I do think shopping before Thanksgiving is ok though because other wise it's just too much once you get close to Christmas! I can't wait to see your gift guides!

    Crumbs & Curls

  19. Aukele Cockett-Askew

    October 6th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I sell my Dad's salts. I like to carry them on since he passed in 2009. I sell it individually or in packs of 6 (one is free). You can see them at

  20. Annie

    October 7th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Bless you. I always wait too long to start looking for presents, and you're right, gift guides run way too late in the season!

  21. Jackie @ Our Nashville Life

    October 7th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    YES! I have the same exact rules. No Christmas until Thanksgiving, but I try to buy all my presents before Thanksgiving so I can actually enjoy it.

  22. Taylor

    October 7th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    umm YESS to all above!! i know! completely agree, but the shopping sneaks up on me and stresses me out. my sisters have their presents already bought and stored away – cannot get over that!! so jealous, in a way!
    i have an etsy shop and sell notecards…would that meet your criteria?!

  23. Crystal

    October 7th, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Usually I wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas, but last year I wanted to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving and held off. After Thanksgiving I was so stressed out with various things leading up to Christmas that I didn't really enjoy my favorite time of the year. So I decided that I'll start listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas music whenever I feel like it this year. I've actually never been a fan of Thanksgiving anyway.

  24. Megan Pace

    October 7th, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Well, yes!!! This is a genius idea, and I cannot wait to see your lists! I am the absolute worst about last minute shopping. It stresses me out and steals all my Christmas joy. I am determined to get ahead of it this year.

  25. Pamela @

    October 7th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    This is such a great concept! I am usually deep into my shopping but this year I am slacking. Thanks for the inspiration to get started!

  26. Ms. Emily Ann

    October 7th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Such a good idea, I always try to wait until after Thanksgiving, and then find myself is a sea of shoppers the weekend before Christmas, hating life! lol. Getting a head start is definitely worth it!

  27. The Southern Thing

    October 7th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Last year I put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving and it was the best decision I've made! I think I'll do it again this year!

  28. marsha buckner

    March 28th, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I do too and love it!

  29. Samantha @ Elah Tree

    October 7th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Fun! This looks so great! I'm so excited to see what you include! I'm a Christmas rebel, because we decorate for Christmas the first weekend of November. It started when we first moved to SoCal. My birthday is in the beginning of November and Tyler asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I was so overwhelmed by living in SoCal and all I wanted to do was eat Chinese food and go no where. Then I asked Tyler if we could decorate for Christmas because I knew it would remind me of home. It's been a tradition ever since.

  30. Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often

    October 8th, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great idea! I already have 3 gifts purchased because I hate crowds. I need help for the hard to get people.

  31. Kelly

    October 8th, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I am on board! Yes, yes, yes!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  32. Susannah

    October 8th, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Yay! I'm excited for this!

  33. Krysten Quiles

    October 8th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I gotta get moving on my gift buying – Izzy's birthday is also in December so it's double the presents!

  34. brittany

    October 9th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    oh my gosh. i get so stressed now over christmas shopping! i started last month haha! i am determined to start earlier every year because once december hits, i straight up panic, and all the crowds are out panicking, too, haha! i used to start listening to christmas music SO early. like… now early. but buuuut i do it a little around thanksgiving because i kind of lump thanksgiving and christmas together into one fun holiday season thing i think to try and amplify the whole seasony feeling, you know?!

  35. Chelsea

    October 11th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    1. I am so with you on Christmas after Thanksgiving. 2. You are SUCH a genius. 3. I'll definitely let you know if I think of any things that are must-haves on these lists!!!

  36. Jess

    October 12th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    My guy is a fish-a-holic and there's never anything to get him other than clothes. I need all the help I can get!

  37. Alli @ Allena Mistral

    October 17th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Love this!! So smart to start early! I'm a firm believer in no Christmas before Thanksgiving as well, although I slightly break me rule every year because we participate in an art show the weekend before Thanksgiving, so we try to sell with the "Christmas gifts!" pitch. What's really starting to get me though is that I saw a small Christmas light display in Target in September. Say whaaaaaa?

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