Christmas preparations have begun at my house. I bought a new tree and it is just beautiful. Just for the nostalgic effect, I set up our kids’ old train set to run under the tree. It doesn’t work. The engine got a little smashed in storage. I was able to find a replacement on ebay and am waiting for it to arrive. Unfortunately, my cats think the train set is their new toy and no amount of yelling will make them leave it alone. They have not yet climbed the tree, but I am sure I will find them in it any day now.
My husband does not understand the stress of orchestrating the perfect Christmas. I am not even trying for the perfect Christmas this year, but it has to be one that makes me happy. We will hopefully be spending Christmas in Los Angeles with our oldest son but our youngest son will home be the following week. I want the house to look festive for him and his wife. The decorating is basically finished and I am ready to start shopping and baking. I have collected at least a dozen of new recipes to try. I am really in the mood for fudge and eggnog.There are a lot of crafts I would like to try also.
I started a little shopping last week. I was at Walmart with a load of decorations and gifts. The check out was so frustrating. The lady ahead of me changed her mind about one of her purchases and wanted it taken off her bill. Of course the checkout clerk had to call a manger over to remove the item. We waited for 20 minutes for the manager to arrive. I kept my patience but I just cannot understand such inefficiency. Buzz kill. The employees seem so unhappy. I. An definitely see why everyone is shopping on line.
So, I have an extraordinary amount of things to accomplish this week and am making lists. I really need to be organized. I am hoping I can sneak in a little free time to go to a movie with my husband and also to visit the Abraham Lincoln Museum. The museum is currently showcasing a Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry Exhibit that is ending soon. Relationships are much more important than Christmas decorating and shopping and baking.
Weekly Goal: Enjoy the season.
My goal is to enjoy the holidays with my loved ones. I do not want to get swept up in chores and obligations. I don’t need to create a perfect Christmas this year but I do want to be surrounded by my favorite decorations and treats.
I think it would be so relaxing to turn on some Christmas music, light up the tree, burn some Christmas-y smelling candles, start a fire in the fireplace, cuddle up on the couch under a soft, warm snuggly blanket, and sip some hot chocolate with marshmallows or an icy glass of wine. If you’re lucky, you can watch snowflakes falling outside your window. Sublime.
I am thankful for family gatherings. We drink too much and we eat too much, but we strengthen our bonds as a family with our laugher and storytelling and genuine affection.