Dear 2012 Me,
Fight all urges to be helpful. When extended family asks you to give them an idea for Christmas gifts for the kids,
do not do it!
Do not listen carefully to every reaction the kids have in the store or to the advertising between shows. Do not scour the web pages of places like Toys-R-Us and Amazon for things you know the kids will like.
And especially do not take the time to make lists for each child of various ideas in different prices ranges to be emailed or read off over the phone.
They don't really want those lists!
Half of the family will just get what they want to anyway and the other half will just contact you a couple of weeks later--multiple times-- to ask you to tell them again, and then they will just get what they want to anyway.
Please remember: Your family members are incapable of reading through older emails or phone texts to read what you painstakingly compiled, so don't do it!
Please trust me on this. You do it every year. This year you have this warning, heed it.
However, with the world getting ready to end and all, at least this is the last year you have to fend off those relatives.
P/S Don't forget to stock up on mince pies-- I hear they are THE party food for the End of the World parties.