One thing that is always fun to deal with as a "single parent" while your spouse is sailing is preparing for Christmas. Sneaking presents in the house and shopping is much more of an adventure. Trying to sort and wrap them is quite the quest as well lol. I need to sort out where we're going to put our Christmas tree, it's a lot harder than I thought it would be. Finding a good spot that has electrical sockets is proving interesting.
The good thing is that it gives me a sense of accomplishment being able to get some of the tasks completed. Being able to actually say "That's done" is something that is a bit few and far between with having back issues and getting through treatments for breast cancer. I've been able to check off quite a bit, at least. And after a scare the other day, I needed a CT scan to be sure I didn't have appendicitis and it showed no signs of cancer (take the small victories!). With that relief I'll start focusing again on trying to get the decorations up, house sorted, and, hopefully, all the presents done up!
Hope no matter what holiday you celebrate at this time of year you have as much fun getting ready for it as the event itself. =) And if it is Christmas that you are counting down to, get to blaring those Christmas songs (from Bing Crosy, Burl Ives, and Kenny & Dolly, to Wham!,The Darkness, and U2) and get your wrap on ;)