Tuesday, October 18, 2005
It's not even Halloween yet and already Christmas doings are in the making. I got back to work today, and I was immediately sequestered into detailed planning for this years Christmas Open House. There are two people involved in the planning of the decorations and displays for the outside of the nursery and I'm one of them. It's not that I don't like to decorate for Christmas, I just kind of need to be in the mood or the spirit of Christmas to really enjoy it. I'm so not ready for Christmas, I'm still raking leaves and thinking of jack-o-lanterns.
That's the drawbacks of being in the retail world, holidays are weeks and weeks ahead of schedule. The store people were at buying shows for Christmas in July. Looks like I need to shift gears and quick. We have about 2 1/2 weeks until the Christmas Open House. Tomorrow we begin the process of going through the boxes of Christmas Crap to figure out what we have. The thing that's hardest from me, is that I'm the outsider on Christmas. Everyone else has done this role before and no one wanted to do it again so they nominated me, AND THE DID IT WHEN I WASN'T EVEN THERE TO DECLINE. My boss came up to me that day and said, oh by the way, we nominated you to be the Christmas coordinator for the nursery this year. Me, "Okay, what does that mean exactly?"
I'll tell you what it means people, it means that I have to try and come up with ideas, prioritize the projects, organize the people, delegate the tasks and hope that it all comes out in the end. I thought it was going to be just me decorating some displays in the nursery area, just swap out my current displays of fall color for season appropriate material. It's so much more than that. It's everything from the North Tills, to the back door of the nursery. I know none of this makes an ounce of sense to you, you have never been there, but it's a big area, trust me. I can't wait to see how many time I hear the words, "but it's always been done this way" when ever I have a new idea. *sigh*
I do think it will be okay, ultimately, but it's a bit daunting when there are still so many unknowns. I know it will come together as I get a better idea of what I'm working with. I think we have some good ideas and hopefully, we'll be able to execute most of them.