Next year the Nation cruise is in November, which is ideal because I've arrived back from this year's Demember cruise with the feeling that I missed Christmas. What I've actually missed is the time I'd have spent shopping, attending parties, writing cards, decorating the house, and baking.
It feels like walking into a fancy party and realizing you're wearing your workout clothes. ("What's wrong with that?" Zorg will ask.)
My plan is to triage Christmas 2004 based on age, guaranteeing timely gifts and greetings only to people over 70 and figuring I'll have many years to make it up to everyone else.