Parents count the days until Christmas differently than regular people. Are no golden rings, calling birds, pipers, or even a pear tree (sans leaves, since it is winter). Instead, parents way fo counting down to Christmas includes:
Days needed to get a personalized Christmas stocking from (name of mail order retailer here).
The day for the Christmas band/orchestra/choir concert.
The day that the kids need to bring canned food for the needy or a gift for Toys for Tots.
The day you panic and run to the corner drugstore to print out family pictures to send with the Christmas cards.
The day you should have gotten the photos.
The day you should have sent out Christmas cards.
The day you panic and run to the post office to get stamps for the Christmas cards. (And out of 47 styles of special Christmas stamps, they have only one left—the one you used last year, and the year before that, and—you know).
The day you make a list for next year, which you promptly misplace.
Parents—people with strength, courage, humor–and a totally warped perception of reality, which is how they survive.