Monday, December 14, 2009

Haul Out The Holly...

I have held true to my promise - not one thing have I yet done to prepare for the upcoming Yuletide festivities. Not one decoration put up, not a single gift purchased, not even a card sent out.

I won't lie to you - it's been a little difficult, watching items disappearing off Target shelves over the past week and feeling the available days before Christmas melting faster than an ice cube on a flaming stove. But I have held fast to my principle of saving Christmas for Christmas; and now here it is December 14th, my last day of freedom from the expectations of this demanding season. Tomorrow it will be time to start making lists, gathering presents, planning menus...

All of which makes me wonder whether this procrastination-on-purpose experiment was a good idea. And I'm feeling the beginnings of a sore throat coming on....wouldn't that make the next 10 days interesting?

I'll tell you the truth - at this point, I don't even know where to begin. Maybe I'll wait until next week - this week is sort of busy anyway. Yeah, that's it - next week...



Couldn't get this tune out of my head all day...

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13 comments:

  1. I am proud of you for your restraint! I am chomping at the bit to get mine done becaue I only started 2 days ago. Good luck!

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  2. I too am super impressed with your restraint and willpower! I gave in and have been doing things in bits and pieces, though I have given myself (and am allowing myself) permission to NOT go above and beyond; to enjoy each and every aspect of the holiday season without going crazy over the details. So far, so good! Good luck with the lists and shopping, and I hope you don't get sick!

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  3. I'm happy I waited now that the 17th is free shipping day on the internet. Not going to a mall? Now that will make mine a very Merry Christmas.

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  4. Isn't Christmas over yet?

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  5. I'm impressed! You are only a tiny bit behind me, but I've been turning in circles and panicking.
    I've misplaced the school photos of my youngest (just came home a few weeks ago) and I can't find them anywhere! Now the house is a mess from everything I've pulled out in desperation of finding them all to go in Christmas cards to extended family. I think I'll give up and mail the cards without pictures.

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  6. Good for you.We've barely done a damn thing for Christmas yet ourselves. the Peanut Man's 1st bday is the 20th, and we are going to let him have his day before we crowd him out with christmas. Solidarity with my late Christmassing brothers and sisters.

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  7. Back when I was a working mommy, I used to ditch work early on Christmas Eve and squander my bonus at Wal-Mart. Those days are gone. I do miss them a little bit to tell you the truth, but, I was younger then, and could still pull the X'mas all-nighter wrapping presents.

    Could we talk a little more about menu planning? I've been assigned side dishes for Christmas dinner this year. Sides for 30 people...can't be that hard, right? I'm a tad panicked, and I seem to recall that it was you who inspired our Thanksgiving dressing.

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  8. Strep is going around my 5yo's class, and the 14mo may have been exposed to chickenpox (she hasn't gotten that shot yet). So hey, I can do or not do whatever the heck I want, but if some/all of us are sick for Christmas, can't change that! (Part of me hopes she gets enough chickenpox to result in immunity, thus we can skip the shot, AND if they were timed just right so that we could avoid seeing the in-laws? Oh my freaking word that would be the best!!!)

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  9. I'm decorating tomorrow. Just started thinking about what I'll be cooking for the next ten days.

    And that Johnny Mathis song? Thanks for my earwig for the day.....

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  10. D and I are going shopping tonight. I swear not to panic if the shelves are bare.

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  11. I applaud your bravery and steadfastness. You're going to get a GREAT BARGAIN on whatever you buy now. I'm in the process of returning and re-buying things that dropped more than $10. Eek.

    I confess -- I'm finished shopping. Pretty much. I have to buy my dad a digital photo frame, but I think that Kohl's can give me that cheap.

    Be brave.

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  12. Is Carol at the spinet?

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  13. Yes - and I do wish she would stop playing already. She's always like this once she gets into the eggnog.

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