And then today just as I was thinking:
- Am I ready for the holidays?
- What do I need to do?
There are some valuable tips in there. I think the number one thing, is to be reasonable so you can actually enjoy the season.
The Manfriend seems to think I get a little irrational in wanting it to be great for everyone. I think he's just a bah-humbug. I started talking about "things" I wanted to do with my sister and our boys and he said, "Oh yeah, that's right, you like things all Christmassy and Holidayish." You would think we haven't been together just shy of 2 decades huh? rat bast ...
Anyways, I admit his probably laissez-faire mentality does lead to some ... overcompensation, on my part. Truthfully, I do not do him justice, because he has learned to embrace a lot of great pieces:
- Tree selection and set up (although he probably loves taking it down and chucking it on the sidewalk more.)
- We have our movie watching/present wrapping evenings with red wine and chocolate.
- Christmas eve dinner with our parents and nephews and niece who sometimes wave around something they seem happy to receive.
- Christmas morning (if he didn't enjoy this, I think this is grounds for divorce.) where we put the "yule log" on t.v. and drink steaming cups of coffee and tea and cocoa and eat a sausages and bacon and breads.
I want to throw an oversized sweater/sweatshirt on and make a list, buy some wrapping paper and curl some ribbon (the truth is I'm craptastic with ribbon, but you know a girl can dream in craft right?)
I would like to take on some holiday crafts, like these little houses I saw on the Purlbee website. But that's not going to happen. I'll knit some more trees and gnomes/elves though :)
The thing I didn't do last year, that The Kid gently reminded me I didn't do (because of work) and requested for this year is to have an end of term after school get together. I pick him up, no after school care and we walk home with about 6 other friends (which is very interesting in our 2bd apartment), and we play some games, watch a movie, eat and/or bake something. Parents roll in after work to pick up their *littles and join us in a glass of holiday cheer and a snack or two if they have the time.
It can be a lot of work, if not properly planned and if the kids don't get enough time to burn off some energy
Are you ready for the holidays? What are you looking forward to?
*they aren't so little anymore, maybe the siblings are.