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Only 17 shopping days left

I just don’t know how it happened so fast but the holiday is nearly “upon us” already. There is now less than three weeks until Christmas and even less for us since the family will be here to celebrate on December 23 this year.

Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving?

I am doing a little better than usual this year. I have my Christmas shopping about half done and even have a few presents wrapped already. I give Lisa all the credit for that as she persuaded me to go shopping with her Monday and told me what to buy…

I’m afraid I am not a very good shopper. I really would like to do it all over the computer and have it arrive wrapped, ribboned and tagged on my doorstep. (I think that is something like wishing for year-round summer).

I also have purchased my Christmas Cards, although I haven’t addressed and sent them out yet. I think I will have to get that done by this weekend for sure, or everybody will be getting my cards after the holiday – again.

I used to blame my procrastination on the newspaper because it really was the busiest time of the year for us. That excuse doesn’t work for me anymore since my office is here at home and I don’t work near as many hours anymore and I still can’t seem to get it all done on time…

I don’t know why I am worrying about getting everything done anyway since the world is supposed to end before the holiday even gets here.

According to “hottopics” on the internet, we really don’t have to worry. “The federal government wants you to know the world will not end on December 21 — or any other day in the near future — as predicted by the Mayan calendar.”

(Take this with a grain of salt, these are the same people who faked the moon landing, planned 9/11, assassinated JFK and hid all evidence of those aliens in Roswell, they added.)

In an official government blog post titled “Scary Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors” the feds try to throw around big words like “astrobiology” to set the record straight.

False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others, all just great disaster movie topics.

The Pittsburg Post Gazette says, “For years, New Age hucksters and other assorted con artists have cashed in on the irrational fears of a tiny fraction of the public that believes a planetary apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Fears about what the ancient Mayan calendar allegedly predicts as it reaches the end of its 5,125 year cycle has triggered wide-spread anxiety across the globe.”

But as the day approaches I have seen less and less publicity on this supposed “doomsday.”  I am pretty sure it will end up like all the predictions of world-wide computer crashes on the year 2000. Remember those?

I think December 21 will end up as just the first official day of winter and just another day in this year’s “countdown to Christmas.”

So be sure and make your mortgage payment this month, just in case…