Thursday, December 13, 2007

Not Feeling It

Ye Olde Christmas Spirit.

Ain't feelin' it. Nope. None here.

Yeah, I've got a wreath on the door, but that's as far as the decorating has gotten. No tree by the hearth (I've got a hearth! OK, so it's a gas fire, but it's still a hearth!), no stockings set out, no chestnuts roasting by an open fire (Clearly a fire hazard and all that smoke? Fuggehdabboudit!) and no presents wrapped and waiting.

No presents. None. Nada. Zip.

I haven't gone shopping yet.

Did you notice how there are less than 2 weeks to go until Xmas? Ayup. I did, too! Notice how I'm not racing out? Ayup. Trapped under twins.

I don't know where, but somewhere along the way to 2007 I lost my thrill for Xmas. I really like birthdays and birthday parties, but Xmas? Not so much. We go low key around here and haven't ever really been big on decorating. Now that Caitlin is getting older and more interested in things like decorating that may have to change. Perhaps her excitement will become infectious? (There are much worse things she could infect me with. A terminal case of whining, would be high on the list.) She's jonesing for a tree, so Eric and I have been discussing whether we're going to get a cut tree (It's dead and then you just throw it out, says he with disgust.) or a living tree (Must...keep...tree...alive...until...spring! Note how that responsibility falls to Ms. Greenthumbs? The pressure!). Both of these options require going out and shopping, which is good because it gets us out of the house but it's tough to do with They Who Do Not Approve of Shopping Trips.

We'll have to chance it.

Heck, I haven't even done my annual holiday photo yet, either and I have a cool idea, too. So don't anyone be surprised when neither my Xmas presents nor my card make it to you by Xmas. I consider it a solid win if you get anything still within 2007.

You're OK with that, right? Right?!


mom of the year said...

Christmas joy = MIA here, too. What is it about this? My baby is only 2 1/2, so I'm hoping I'll get back into the craziness of it soon. I'll be thinking of you in my mindless journey to the mall this afternoon. Good luck!

Red Flashlight said...

I'm totally fine with that. Consumerism = evil. Gifts of peppermint bark and/or a friendly family e-mail or phone call = good.

You have twins, people. No holiday guilt for you this year.

As for decorating, Caitlin is looking more and more clever and put together every week! How does she do it? She's amazing. Maybe she would be willing to take on the decorating duties. Popcorn garlands are festive . . .

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Hi MOTY! Thanks for coming by. Hey, can you pick up a few things for me while you're at the mall? Thanks!

I think the lack of feeling has to do with the sheer amount of work involved. How is this fun? Excessive amounts of cleaning, cooking, and shopping isn't FUN. The kids get all the fun. Shredding presents. THAT'S fun!

Hey Red! Caitlin is increasingly clever through repeated doses of peppermint bark and excessive reading. Ya know, I was just thinking about popcorn garlands! And when we're done, we can feed it to the squirrels! Bonus!

Scylla said...

Do NOT get the live tree. You simply end up throwing it out when it inevitably dies. Trust me, we tried.

But plastic trees are good, and they come pre-lit now for about 40 bucks at Sears.

We love ours.

I miss you!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

$30 and no PVC plus I get to compost it in the spring. Oh and it can provide some small amount of cover for my little birds when the hawks come out to play.

Win for everyone!

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