Monday, December 14, 2009

hello, blog

Advent and the Christmas Season are filled with precious moments as a family, quietly waiting for the birth of Christ, reveling in family memories, attending lavish parties in our very best costumes and baking trays upon trays of gorgeously decorated sugar cookies.

uh, yeah.

this is MY reality:
i got home from the wonder of Disney and half expected my home to have been decorated by those tireless imagineers. how wonderful it would have been to bask in the glow of my Christmas vision without having to sort through boxes and wrappings and THE GARAGE...

company parties were both the first weekend of the month, and we always consider ourselves lucky to "get that over with." following the Hampton party on Sunday night, I accompanied a handful of employees to the local Irish Pub. at 12:30 a.m., I realized that I was the only one left standing (not literally, but)! needless to say, Monday morning required some extra hydrating...

i declared a crack down on bringing any Christmas boxes into the house until I had a chance to declutter and clean. seriously, does anybody else bring in 4X the amount of stuff they already have just to make the place more festive?!? decluttering and cleaning projects move ahead s-l-o-w-l-y. boys sneak boxes into the house. now we're decorating the clutter (i absolutely rolled down the top of my desk last night. i'm considering nailing it shut until after the first of the new year.)

put up the tree(s), but felt too tired to fluff. let the boys start decorating without fluffing. stared warily at tree(s) for two nights, trying to get up the energy to fluff. Saturday morning loomed cold and bright, and I finally started fluffing. did not stop until 5 trees and 6 garlands were fluffed. and my hands were thoroughly chapped...

finally created a mantlepiece garland. i will show you a photo of it, if i remember to take one...

skipped the Christmas-by-the-Sea parade because it was raining. i love Cub Scouts cheerfully throwing candy off of a float as much as the next mom, but really...

skipped the festive outdoor showing of The Polar Express because it was 35 degrees out, and people, we here in Coastal North Carolina don't actually own enough clothing to keep us warm in 35 degrees...

"forgot" to print Advent activities for the Advent jar ("forget" being code for "i haven't bought printer ink in about 7 months.") have not lit the candles on the Advent wreath yet, and yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent. have not lit the candles in the menorah yet (we celebrate all kinds of light in my house) but have played several "spirited" games of dreidle...

Christmas cards?!?!?!?!

i think i'm hosting a cookie swap on Sunday...

6 comments:

Barb said...

We are having a weird December because we are travelling for Christmas. I'm not sure how our balance is doing - we didn't put up a tree and what can balance that off????

Crystal said...

Oh, I miss our chats in your office.

Can't wait to receive a Christmas card.....even if it's not til January. ha!

April said...

I loved every harried word of this post. I loved the bit about celebrating all kinds of light. Had me smiling.

michelle said...

5 trees?? Sounds pretty festive to me!

Amanda L. said...

hearing you loud and clear!

I'm having a difficult time getting into the spirit of things...even though we are decorated, listening to music, delivering secret gifts.

i hate buying printer ink.

Alisha said...

You had me feeling a bit inferior there with that first paragraph! :) Glad to know you are playing catch-up (catch-it) with the rest of us.

Hope your cookie exchange goes well on Sunday!