By Sarah Schrock

A Canadian friend of mine who lives here recently shared her distress about the holiday rush between our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. You see, the Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday in October, well before Halloween, giving a long grace period between fall holidays and the ability to ease into Christmas.

We Americans are barely composting our jack-o’-lanterns when the turkey rolls out of the oven, then before you know it, holiday season is well underway. Gosh, Santa already came to the end of the road — missed it. Next, he’ll make it to Mistletoe Madness and the Twisp Valley Grange, but there are holiday bazaars, plays, school concerts, Cascadia Concerts, church pageants — the holiday fury is upon us! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday — all ways to spend money, even if it’s for a worthy cause, and the pressure builds. “When are we going to get the tree? When will we get our lights up? Order our Christmas cards?” Oh, and we have a birthday or two to throw into the mix!

I know there are some really organized people out there, who can take it all in stride because you’ve had your shopping done since August; your lights are organized in a labeled tote, tested and untangled; and you’ve got your schedule set from now until Jan. 1. You have time to hand-make gifts, bake, and maybe even write a blog about a new trendy holiday cocktail. But I would like to believe most of you are in my tribe — we just realized Christmas is a month away and have absolutely nothing bought, decorated, and certainly there’s no chance of anything handmade at this point!

Wait, what — a month? Usually there’s only three weeks of holiday madness between Turkey Day and Christmas. Yippee! This year, we have an extra week because Thanksgiving landed on the earliest possible third Thursday of November. Phew, but for our Jewish friends Hannukah falls early this year, on Dec. 2-10, so they don’t really get a break between festivities — and for those families who do both holidays, well, my hat’s off to you.

To make it all a little more manageable, here’s a cheat sheet of the upcoming Twisp events for the next two weeks, take a photo on your smarty-phone:

• Dec. 1 — Christmas Bazaar No. 2 and the Senior Center’s Christmas Sale (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the Methow Valley Community Center.

• Dec. 6 — Gear-Up for the Holidays at TwispWorks featuring the Valley Goods Store grand opening and Mistletoe Madness, an evening of shopping throughout town, caroling, bonfires, free horse drawn carriage rides, from 4-7 p.m. Plus, Santa at Hanks Harvest Foods at 5 p.m.

• Dec. 7-16, “A Seussified Christmas Carol” at The Merc Playhouse. Times vary.

• Dec, 8 — Holiday Bazaar at the Barn (Winthrop, OK not Twisp, but worth it), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dec. 11 and 12 — Cascadia Holiday Concert and Chorale, 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

• Dec. 15 — Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Twisp Valley Grange, 8-10:30 a.m.

While you are out doing your holiday thing, make sure to stop in to the new Robin Doggett Studios located in the blue bungalow opposite the Community Center across from the Twisp Commons Park. A graphic designer and printmaker, Robin is a former partner at Door No. 3, the print studio at TwispWorks. Robin specializes in custom letterpress works for a variety of paper products ranging from stationery, coasters and business materials as well as graphic design. Stop in during the bazaars or regular business hours for special holiday cards and gifts.

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