Here is another installment of Random Tuesday Thoughts hosted by the lovely Keely.
Christmas Tree - Grown Up Christmas – just not the same. We didn’t get a tree last year. The thought of stomping around in the cold to cut down our annual tree didn’t seem worth it, plus we just couldn’t find the time. I’ve lost the Christmas spirit. My house is a the size of a shoe box, removal of furniture is required, the hauling of boxes and boxes of ornaments, lights, wreaths, and garlands just seemed like too much work, for what, three weeks of watching needles fall.
The thrill is gone. See already it’s happening again. It’s a mere two and a half weeks out, and I can’t see when we will have the time to put up a tree. What happened to the festive home I used to know? Gone since my kid left? I spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws. I spend Christmas Day at the sister’s. So why do we need a tree anyways?
I need to find a tree soon otherwise it won’t happen. I mean seriously, Queen Maker and I were together for seven years before we even had Beloved. So why am I so down on working this hard for Christmas. I think I'm using Beloved's absence as an excuse. I need an intervention. But please don’t send three ghosts to do it.
I am not being a good Christmas Role-Model.
Baking – Now here is another story. I’m always up for baking. Because economic times have been hard, I’ve baked a lot of gifts last year. Cinnamon Rolls that were to die for, Spinach Pie triangles, cookies upon cookies, to give to friends and clients.
But unfortunately I sample each and every one. Sprite’s Keeper reminded me about the battle of restraint that I am going to embark on soon.
Baking – Fun. Baking – Creative. Baking – Keeps house warm.
Baking – Good. Sampling everything – BAD.
I am not being a good Health and Nutrition Role Model.
Shopping – nearly done. The thought of going out in the next two weeks makes me cringe. I need to get it done soon because I need to do a lot of baking and decorating. I need to have time to enjoy these things, not feel like I’m adding to the burden pile. I scour the store circulars and comparison shop like no other. I am a champion of finding a great gift at a ridiculously low price. I buy quality at bargain basement prices.
I am not a good Stimulate Our Economy Role-Model.
Sewing – Make a steam punk vest for Beloved for Christmas. Need to start that project, soooon. Also bought brocade material in an Asian motif to make a jacket for Queen Maker. Like that’s ever going to happen before Christmas. If I ever get them done, I will post pictures.
Wrapping Gifts – Thank God for gift bags.
Christmas Projects with my niece, Amber, 11 years old, and my friend, Hailey, 5 years old. Hailey, this Friday. Amber, next week. I’m looking forward to creating and crafting with the girls. It can be so relaxing and it’s a great way to keep the bonds of friendship strong.
Christmas Get-Togethers – How many invitations will we turn down this year? It means I need to bring something, preferable food. My hair will never, ever cooperate and will never look fabulous no matter how much time I spend on it. I hate the whole dressing up thing and that is bad. It means that looking sweet in a new dress and heels doesn’t get seen often. What, Queen Maker? I’m sorry, the sweatshirts and ponytail not getting it for you anymore? Call What Not to Wear! Use it or lose it. And I’ve lost it.
I am not a Good Friend or a Social Role Model.
I feel time ticking away. The flight or fight mechanism is kicking in people. I chose to run away from Christmas last year, but I’m planning to stick it out and stay and fight. Wish me luck.
Put some Bailey’s in my coffee and play “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi over and over. If that doesn’t put me in the mood, I don’t know what will.