Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Don't Hate Me
At the risk of angering all of you. I am done. Done with Christmas Cards, done with shopping, done with wrapping, done. I have to be done this early or I make myself crazy. Literally crazy. It has only taken me ten years to figure it out.
I used to shop for the kids, throw it in a locked room and wrap on Christmas eve. This made me totally crazed on Christmas eve. And gave me a sore back and I started hating my husband. He would be doing stockings and I would wrapping gifts. Something is wrong with that picture. We also used to do different shopping and have different presents for the kids and he would have his staff wrap the presents. This also makes me super crabby.
We used to send out over 350 Christmas Cards, that is nuts. Scott worked as a Golf Professional at a very high end course and many of those were to members. I always wrote a letter with the year's events and highlights. This again was crazy. On the flip side of that, just friends and family and I am still mailing out over 100 this year.
Scott and I now shop together and the minute we get home, I wrap it all. The kids are older and not above sneaking about and ruining my Christmas by seeing all their gifts. Sneaky, sneaky children cannot see through wrapping and if they rip it I tell them I will take it back to the store or give it to Toys for Tots. I do it too, I am not going to give in to the kids on my Christmas joy.
So here I sit, done and happy. I did just remember teacher gifts, but I am making them carmel corn, even after the ten hour marathon for the Christmas Tea. Homemade gifts are a nice way to say thank you to the teachers and the bus driver, etc. etc. I also make stuff for the neighbors. Fun stuff. I truly miss my neighbors homemade stuff in Arizona, Kim's redhot cider (made with those little yummy red hot candies, yummo), Lisa and Lesley's carmel rolls, the Angel's Christmas decorations, totally over the top and I loved it. I do miss my desert Christmas.
With all this said, there were years that I refused to do any of it except the kids. There were years when my life was so insane that I could not rally to do the Christmas letter and cards. When your kids are little, it is okay to take that year off. Rest. You need it, they will get up at the crack of dark on Christmas morning.
How much do you have left, can I help you? If you live by me, I will. I promise that I will help to spread the Christmas cheer. I love this time of year. Craziness and all.
God Bless you and yours.