I’m not ready.
Every year I feel this way, but this year I’m feeling more stressed than I think I usually do.
I’ve pretty much done my Christmas shopping, though, which is a huge leap in the right direction. I have just a few stocking stuffers to pick up still and that’ll be it. Sounds good, right? Except that not one single thing is wrapped or even organized. I’m not really sure where some of the stuff I’ve bought even IS at this point. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to totally forget somebody’s gift – and it wouldn’t be the first time.
But my house is still so unChristmassy! Mine seems to be the only one in the neighbourhood without any outdoor Christmas lights or decorations or a tree blazing in the window. I’ve hauled everything out of the garage and the boxes are now sitting in the basement. So far, I have only managed to hang up a wreath on the front door. Woo hoo. One lone wreath. Aren’t we festive.
I haven’t done a shred of Christmas baking either. I don’t bake a lot, but I do have four or five standards that must be around at Christmas or DD will melt into a puddle of tears. “M – o – o – o – m – m!” she will wail sadly. “It’s trad – i – i – i -tion!” So I bake to avoid that heart-rending sight and plaintive cry. Also because I like baked goods, especially the stuff I bake once a year.
I’ve been to two Christmas social functions already, though, and have two more scheduled for this weekend. I do have a lovely new Christmas outfit, and I must say that I look quite smashing in it (PG and DD both said so, so it must be true!). All I need is some fabulous, sparkly, new jewelry to accessorize my elegant new clothes – and that is PG’s department. I hope he comes through for me – or else gets me hockey tickets. Both would be good, really.
I’m listening to Christmas music as I type this, the fireplace is burning merrily, and I’ve lit lots of candles. I believe I’m actually relaxed, finally, after a couple of very long and trying work days. I may be regaining my perspective – and some energy.
Okay. Deeeeeep breath. Yes. I might actually be ready now. I might be able to tackle the Christmas decorating tonight, at least.
Isn’t it amazing what a little rum and eggnog does for one’s Christmas spirit?