I was cruising through the living room with a basket of laundry the other day and caught sight of the television (hint: it's not hard to catch sight of my husband's new 47-inch Panasonic high-definition attention span) where I learned that we are already in the midst of a holiday shopping season described as frantic, manic, rough, tough and tricky.
This was completely news to me. Frankly, news like this is always news to me. After Jan. 1, everything that comes stampeding at me for the rest of the year – all the Hallmark occasions, the manufactured shopping seasons, the media histrionics and pandemics – is news to me. I'm living on the tail end: the perennial last to know. It's quiet here, and we're not in the midst of any mayhem.
The truth is, I kind of like it that way. I like not getting worked up ahead of time. I get plenty worked up right on time. And it occurred to me, being so concerned with the well-being of others, that I could share the bliss by offering a one-touch way to get someone else's holiday shopping done before they even begin!
Just point them in the direction of this gift certificate to the Mother's Winter Plunge on Jan. 16 in Scottsdale. This year, care enough to send the very best to that special someone who is frantically shopping for you. Tell them to save the hassle, the traffic, the wrapping paper, the hiding place and the surprise for someone else. Tell them to send you to Scottsdale.
And after the shopping is done, have some tea. I might have to ask for some myself.
Mother's Winter Plunge Holiday Gift Certificate