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Five little letters left in our Missing Letter Monday series, and oh what a ride it’s been.  Hope you didn’t show up hoping for Vs ’cause we’ll be skipping that one today.

This challenge brought to you by The Mad Grad Student’s Missing Letter Mondays.

True confession time: for the last few years Christmas has been a year round occasion in our house.  We’re a little less conspicuous than the permanent holiday lights or Christmas tree in the corner, but it’s there all the same.

It’s just hidden away in the office.

The office is like our own black hole – things get sucked into its core and sometimes disappear for good.  It’s the home project that permanently nibbles at the edge of my To Do list yet I can’t seem to get it done.  It’s distressing, is what it is.

At any rate, I wrote about the insanity of our four annual Christmases.  (Didn’t see that one? You can read about it here.)  The schedule is nothing short of deranged, and the breakneck pace of it spills into my life like soda poured too quickly, bubbling out onto the counter and down to the floor.  And what do you get then?  Sticky counters.  And floors.  And only half a glass of soda.

But I digress.

You see, those four Christmases involve gifts.  Gifts kindly chosen by the people in our families but, in the end, gifts that are often stuff.  Now most of the time the amount of stuff that comes back to our house is manageable – the kids take their new thing(s) to the proper location, be it the bedroom or bonus room or garage, and we keep on rolling through the season.  This system only breaks down when we’re inundated with a quantity of gifts that, frankly, freaks me out.

Which is how the Office System began.

It started out innocently enough.  We’d walk through the door with a ton of gifts, but December is a tricky month.  I’ll be cruising along fine until one day I simply hit the wall.  That was the first time I said Just drop those in the office and we’ll deal with it tomorrow.

Famous last words, right?

If we’re not on top of things in December then guess what stays in our office, waiting patiently for our return?  Yep.  The stuff.  The same thing goes for January, February, and March, too. Hell, it’s not unheard of for us to tackle Christmas as a summer project.

I was feeling ambitious last month and (once again) tried working on the office.  I got roughly 80% of the way through before hitting my limit, so I did what any self-respecting mama would do.  I delegated.

I posted a sign that read FAIR WARNING: Go through any Christmas things in the office.  If it is not claimed and put away, it will be donated!

Big talk, right?  I’m probably losing credibility here considering that sign’s been posted since March 9th…

Plus we really need to get going.  It’s only eight months until Christmas 2016.