The Procrastinator’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Author Donna Alward is running her “Twelve Days of Christmas” promotion and contest on her blog ( Today I’m the featured author! Tomorrow is the last day. And it’s not even mid-December yet. Obviously Donna has her act together. Go check it out for 12 chances to win a boat load of terrific books and other goodies!

Me, I lean toward the procrastinator side. Heavily. So in honor of Donna’s awesomeness, I’ve put together my own version. Here is “The Procrastinators Twelve Days of Christmas”.

On the FIRST day of Christmas….pretend it’s still July! There’s still plenty of time, right?

On the SECOND day of Christmas…notice the stores have put up holiday trimmings, but heck, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so ignore the endless repetitions of Jingle Bells playing in the aisles.

On the THIRD day of Christmas…wonder where you stashed those boxes of decorations. Decide to search the attic…sooner or later

On the FOURTH day of Christmas…Buy a box of Christmas cards with cute puppies on the front and stash them under the seat of the car for later. Much later.

On the FIFTH day of Christmas…go to the Black Friday sale, get a great price on some bling for yourself…fail miserably to find anything suitable for family or friends.

On the SIXTH day of Christmas…buy a magazine full of tantalizing pictures of holiday meals, complete with recipes. Stash it under the seat with the Christmas cards.

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas…find the decorations in the attic. Move them to the hall closet.

On the EIGHTH day of Christmas…Find the address book with data for friends old and new, buy stamps, but have forgotten where you put the Christmas cards.

On the NINTH day of Christmas…finally find the perfect gifts for family far away. Max out the credit card, pack bags and boxes in car and leave them there. Too tired to wrap!

On the TENTH day of Christmas…panic getting presents wrapped and packaged for mail before post office closes. Spend two hundred dollars to overnight one hundred dollars worth of packages so they arrive on Christmas Eve.

On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas…find Christmas cards and realize you never sent any. Spend all afternoon driving around and dropping them off personally. Friends think you’re really into the spirit! Get home and decide which recipes to make from magazine, but realize you don’t have the ingredients. Run to WalMart at 11:55 on Christmas Eve and wait in line with all the other procrastinators.

On the TWELTH day of Christmas. Relax! Enjoy! Spend time with family, exhausted from all the preparations! After all…it’s CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Later, find box of decorations in closet and put them out. Leave them until March.

P.S. – In stores now…LEGACY OF STONE!

3 Responses to “The Procrastinator’s Twelve Days of Christmas”

  1. 1 Amanda December 17, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Dear Vickie,

    I’ve been waiting for over 3 years for Legacy of Stone. 3 years. I’d given up hope entirely for this book. I’m pretty sure I went through all the levels of grieving: denial, anger, sadness, hurt, etc. I had worked myself all the way to acceptance. I was so excited when I just happened to see it at Wal-Mart tonight while Christmas shopping I almost peed my pants. I know these feelings are a little extreme but if I have a hobby or a collection its paranormal romances/fiction. Gargoyles as main characters is especially rare. I really really enjoyed Flesh and Stone and was really dissappointed when I went to buy Legacy of Stone in December 2006 and it just wasn’t there. Never released. Better late then never.

    Thank You.


    • 2 vickietaylor December 17, 2009 at 3:55 am


      I hope you enjoy “Legacy”! I am sorry that it was so long in coming. Unfortunately real life just overwhelmed my ability to write for a while. But I am back hard at it now. In addition to the release of LEGACY OF STONE this month, I have a Silhouette Romantic Suspense titled A DOCTOR’S WATCH next month. And I hope to have a release date for the fourth book in the Gargoyle series, tentatively titled RUNESTONE, soon. Thanks for writing!

      Check back for some exciting news about the Gargoyles that I hope to be able to talk about tomorrow!

  2. 3 Dottie December 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Vickie!

    You’ve described my Christmas preparations exactly, lol, world’s biggest procrastinator here!

    I can’t wait to pick up Legacy of Stone!!

    Dottie 🙂

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