I have an alter ego that surfaces every year around this time as I get frustrated, overtaxed, and worked up with this tradition of ‘buying presents’ for Christmas. Her name is Greta Grinch... and she makes me ponder ...
Who started this whole gift exchange thing during Christmas?...more
I'm a kid at heart, and nothing brings that out in me as much as the holidays. I don't like surprises and have no willpower, so it should not come as a shock that waiting until Christmas day to open presents is difficult for me....more
I really had a MILLION things to do; a house to clean, clothes to fold and Christmas presents to wrap. I was also babysitting Parker Ann. I'm wasn't sure I could put another thing on my plate for the day, when I suddenly heard my own voice telling my mother that I would be coming out to her house today to make her "Homemade Chex Party Mix'...with a baby in tow! ...more
I've been doing a lot of on-line Christmas shopping. It's become something of an obsession. I can stay on my cozy sofa wrapped up in a blanket wearing jammies and still participate in the commercial well-being of society. Win win. This is all made worse by the fact that I've ben sending all of my packages to Red Sox Girl who lives in America to save on shipping. As a result, I really have no sense of what or how much I've bought....more
When I was 12, our family picked up and moved from South Central Texas to the Texas Panhandle. It had been a rough year or so for my parents. Exactly how rough it had been I'll never know, but I knew enough to know we were starting over. For my mom, the move meant going back home to family. ...more
Oh, the holidays! Fa la la la la. Such fun, so festive, a time of celebration! Or, as it’s known in my world, HOLY SHIT ARE THERE REALLY ONLY 10 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS??????? The fact that the past year has been a complete blur isn’t really surprising to me. However, the fact that we’re 18 days away from the New Year is shocking. Where has all the time gone? And now it’s the holidays! Do I have a tree? Nope. Gifts purchased? About 5 percent of what I need to get. Holiday plans? Not-a-one, unless “sleep until noon every day” counts. ...more