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I have always been a last-minute shopper, but with the way things have been the last couple of years, I’ve had to change my ways and start my Christmas shopping earlier. And while I won’t deny there are some benefits to getting my shopping done earlier, like not having to worry about not getting that one thing your daughter really wants, but everything isn’t all rainbows and roses.

 

Take last year for instance. Our big gift for Alexis was a Barbie 3-in-1 camper. It sold out pretty quickly in our local stores so I was forced to order online. No big deal; Target had my back…until they didn’t. I guess because this camper came in its own pretty big box, the shippers didn’t feel the need to do any type of packaging. So when the delivery guy dropped it off on our front porch, Alexis’s big surprise was almost ruined.

 

And we can’t forget the gifts that my mom lost for five years. Five years!

 

At the start of December, we’ve already gotten all but one of Alexis’s gifts and are having to be very creative in how we hide them. But we can’t hide them too well, or we’ll have a repeat of my mom’s missing gifts fiasco.

 

Jokes aside, this really is the most wonderful time of the year. There’s so much to do as a family and so many ways to get involved in our community. Check out the Holiday Happenings Guide for a comprehensive list of all the ways you can experience Christmas in the Wiregrass this year.

 

As always, my family will take in the lights at the DABG’s Gardens Aglow, and I’ve got plans to attend SEACT’s presentation of Elf with my mom and a friend and her mom. We’ll also be donating to Toys for Tots and emptying our spare change into the Salvation Army’s red kettle.

 

If you hadn’t already guessed, this month’s issue is all about helping you make the most of the holiday season. So be sure to check out our feature articles, Holiday Savvy: Survive the Season with Your Finances Intact and Keep it Light: 10 Ways to Simplify the Season.

 

As we count down to the end of 2021, I can’t help but think how quickly this year has gone by, especially after 2020 just seemed to drag on and on. I have a lot to look back on from this year and smile. Some highlights include Alexis graduating kindergarten, me starting yoga, spending a week with my college BFF, and my brother and sister-in-law getting pregnant after going through IVF.

 

I hope 2021 was filled with more ups than downs for you and your family, and that as you look back on the year that’s passed you’ll choose to focus on the good rather than the bad.

 

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min