We have a whiteboard in our kitchen for leaving messages. We never actually leave messages on it though. But this year I got really tired of my kids asking all bloody day long about how many days it was until Christmas. So now I just update the number. This morning it was THREE!
CRAP!!! How the frosty did that happen? Oh wait, I know how that happened. Last week I got strep throat and the kids were sick and we were holed up in our house, miserable for pretty much a whole week. A week in which I planned to take a day off of work to finish all the Christmas prep that needed prepping. Instead I took 4 days off to wallow in sick, exhausted misery with sick, bored children, and did absolutely no Christmassy prep at all. CRAP!!!
On the other hand, how much of that Christmassy prep is really necessary? So what if my friends and family get their cards sometime in the new year? So what if I pad the stockings with bubble wrap instead of cheap gift items? My kids love bubble wrap, I love bubble wrap. So what if I didn’t buy even more presents for my family? It’s not like we haven’t bought enough things already, we could leave some stuff on the list for birthdays or next Christmas. So what if I’m wrapping gifts until 2 in the morning on Christmas Eve? Okay, that last one’s not going to happen. My friend said her brother just leaves stuff in the plastic store bags and calls them gift bags… I might resort to that, or not, we’ll see.
Maybe instead of trying to “catch up” I’ll just sit back, relax, and enjoy the season. Besides, there’s a bottle of wine that we opened last night that still needs finishing.