See, it all started last week when I was visiting down South. He asked me if Santa was going to get Max any toys because I mentioned some mischief he’d participated in. He also asked if I had a fireplace and when I told him I don’t, he asked how Santa dropped off gifts for the kids. I told him that Santa doesn’t buy or make my children’s toys (because he doesn’t), and it was downhill and backpedaling from there. I did throw in that Santa Claus was a real person , but I think it was way too hot outside to sugar coat things, so I’ll blame the heat. While I never bought into the whole Santa thing (my kids were relieved to know where their gifts came from, they didn’t like mall santa so much) , I didn’t want to be the person who told him that. I have to work on my auntie answer for Santa Claus. Yikes.
I know that I am somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred days ahead of time, but it’s not completely my fault. Hallmark has released its ornament catalog and they always have cute little things that I can plan and budget for. I blame the fact that I work out much more regularly because the Hallmark store is right across the street. I guess that’s one way to avoid buying too many naughty treats – getting stuff at Hallmark, especially since the non edible items are always way nicer than the edible ones. Who’s going to turn down a cute mug or card or ornament or scarf for a box of candy? Not me.
I did. I was a bit winded due to the flu or the crud or whatever it was, but I was more than happy to celebrate another year with my family, friends and loved ones.
See, I had plans to post this Friday, but I think the Christmas parties and issues of life (including making some changes to my spending situation in the aftermath of the Target breech) caught up with me. Since it’s better late than never, this year Mary J. Blige put out her first Christmas album, produced by David Foster. I thought it was really well put together, and I’m really picky about my Christmas music. :) Enjoy.
Yesterday I was thinking about how great it would be to just celebrate Christmas until New Year’s Day. I think that a bit of real life and the responsibilities therein have reared their ugly heads in protest. And quite loudly. How rude. That’s okay because it gives me an excuse to get a king cake (or two) during Carnival – you know, to make up for the loss of my extra week of celebration. Can you tell I grew up in Louisiana? I somehow feel entitled to a week here or there of celebrating holidays that usually last one or two days for most folks.
It’s snowing!!! Woo hoo!!! It seems like yesterday I was celebrating Thanksgiving ;) A month ago I had my whole menu worked out. Today, I have NO IDEA what I am cooking for Christmas. I think I will make individual favorites and keep my theme from Thanksgiving, which was making a good, simple dinner. I want my kids to remember the good parts of our traditions, not their mother being worn out by the process.
Time to put away the jack o’ lanterns and time to make way for cornucopia, Indian corn, and cranberry wreaths. I was in the store this afternoon and the turkey table has been set up. Since I want our family to participate in a turkey trot this year, I have to have my dinner completed by Wednesday so that I’m not up so late that I get up Thursday Morning and rule out said turkey trot (sort of like I did last year). I also have to dig out my Christmas cards and decide if I’m going to do a family portrait with the Christmas card, since I usually ship those out the week of Thanksgiving, too. I’m working on a few crafty gifts and if they are easy and quick to knock out, I’ll make more. If not, 2012 can always be the year of the gift card, part 2 (2011 was the year of the gift card for all of my shipped gifts and it was a wonderful thing).