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This is an all point bulletin for my friends and family because I've been getting some questions, and I figure it's easier to do this than repeat it to eeeeeeeeeeverybody....

No, I'm not doing Christmas gifts again this year.

The reason I quit on gifts last year is because I was burning out.  I won't tell you all the details, but there were a couple of things that I was working on.  I one day looked at them, thought about how stressed I was getting trying to complete them, find other stuff, deal with overtime, work on my writing...I just crashed.  I couldn't handle it.  I realized I was putting a lot of effort into it, but these couple of special things were just me taking things WAY too far and I needed to stop (the gang was actually thrilled that I bailed because they've been saying I needed to scale back for years).  Last year was the most stress free my holidays have been in decades, and that's including the drama my sister has been causing.

So, I'm taking a step back from Christmas gifts.  I'll still celebrate the holiday and everything, but gifts are out.  They have to be.  I've burnt out after over twenty years of investing nine months out of each year to seeking out things to make the holiday special.  I need a break, and I'll let you all know when I'm ready to jump back in.

But it ain't happening this year.

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