Pull Up a Drink

Well. A week until Christmas. Are you exhausted yet? I am, and I’m nowhere near done. But our tree is up, the house is decorated, and I’m well into my present-purchasing. I figured today, we could use a break. So pour a glass or cup of your favorite relaxing drink and pull up a cushy seat by the fire. Relax and listen to the music, and enjoy the tree, and the quiet, and the gifts piled beneath. Think quiet thoughts. Take a few minutes to just… be.

While you’re “being”, tell us your favorite Christmas tradition. Do you like to drive around looking at lights? Are you intimately involved in your church’s festivities? Is it the morning dive into the gifts?

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11 Responses to Pull Up a Drink

  1. SKL says:

    Hmm, I am not making the amount of progress I should be making toward any of my December goals. And I feel tired a lot of the time. I think these short days are getting to me more and more.

    On Saturday, Nanny decided to make it a short work day, and I had to give my kids an early bath anyway, to be ready to go see the Nutcracker in the evening. So that was an hour or two shot. Then it started snowing, which meant that theoretically, I’d need to give myself more time to drive the 60+ miles to the show. I ended up leaving without much room for error, but I was doing OK most of the way. Then, just before my exit off the freeway, there was a huge accident not far in front of me. The freeway was completely stopped for over 1.5 hours! Needless to say, we missed more than half of the Nutcracker show. The women at the arts center felt sorry for us (my kids told them what they’d seen) and they gave us a couple of free nutcrackers and tiaras. And the part of the show that we did see was really nice – totally worth it despite the delay. But all the way home, I couldn’t decide how I should feel about the fact that the accident happened to someone else and not to me. It seems wrong to be thankful that it was someone else’s turn yesterday. Yet I had a keen sense of being very blessed.

    Today the girls had their church show. Well, they were only in a couple minutes of it. It seemed that the teachers cut the program short for some reason. Oh well, no big deal. Glad that’s over! I assume I will enjoy these more as my kids get older and have more meaningful roles.

    A funny thing happened as we were leaving church. Well, a couple of funny things. One, after sitting through Sunday School and church (total about 2.5 hours), I go outside and I’m wondering why I see exhaust coming from my tailpipe. Yep, I had left the car on and the door unlocked the whole time. Very unlike me, but I must have had a lot to think about, LOL. Good thing nobody decided to steal the car, because it would have been very easy to do so – and all of my keys, my wallet, and my phone (with access to all my work and personal emails) were in there! Just shoot me now! But I lucked out – or, someone was watching out for me!

    The other funny thing was that as I was getting the kids into the car, a friend came up and said there was someone inside wanting to meet me and my kids. I was like, who? I don’t know anyone in there. Turns out a very good friend of our family was there to see his granddaughter take part in the play, and he’d recognized my kids. His son’s family are members of the church and their kids go to the school there. I had never seen them in the 1.5 years I’ve been attending the church. I go to the 8:30 service, and they go to the 11:00. But it is strange that we never crossed paths. Anyhoo, the grandpa lives with his daughter, who was my good friend growing up. He asked us to follow him to his house for a visit. So that was what we did for the next hour or so. Funny how these things happen!

    I haven’t made any more progress on buying Christmas gifts, but my sister did wrap all the cousin kids’ gifts for me today. Whew, one less thing to worry about. I still have to buy some stuff and wrap (or gift bag) the gifts for everyone over age 12.

    Dag, I just remembered that I still have to get a photo of Miss A for the Christmas cards! I keep forgetting to do it at opportune times (assuming those exist).

    I have been pigging out on mint / white chocolate candies and other bad stuff. I need to do some serious exercise. It is amazing how fast that stuff leaves its mark! Can’t wait to get back to the boring, relatively temptation free months.

    Work is still behind but moving along. I keep waiting for that surge of mental energy to come along, LOL. It used to happen rather often that I’d get “on a roll” and clear most of my to-do list before getting lazy again. I kinda miss that. But it usually involved staying up all night, which is really hard to do as I get older.

    Well, not much else to report. I hope everyone has a very nice week as we wind down to Christmas!

  2. Laura says:

    I should have titled this one “Pull Up a Moment”… that’s more what I was going for.

    Anyway, I lied. I know I said that all my decorating was done and the tree was up,but… ok, the tree is up. Half decorated. But none of my other decorations are up. I should be doing that right now. I spent most of the day cleaning – it’s amazing how, once you start cleaning, you just keep going, and finding more and more stuff that needs to be cleaned. It gets frustrating, because there’s other stuff to do. But my living room looks pretty decent, and so does the rest of the house, so I feel ok putting up the decorations now. Still need to do the kitchen, which is a perpetual state of chaos. How to people keep kitchens clean? I swear I have Mess-Elves. They come in during the night and fling stuff everywhere!!

    Anyway, that’s pretty much it for me today. I have a ton of stuff to do this week – so much that I cancelled my Den Meeting because of it. I’d short-change the kids if I tried to sneak one in, since I’ve got nothing planned. Josh wants to make cookies this week, we have to assemble a gift for his teacher, and I have nearly all my shopping to get done.

    And really? all I want to do is make a fire, curl up by it with a cup of tea, and read my book!

    • Joy says:

      I find when I go to decorate, it’s a days work just cleaning. How can you put all your pretty stuff on a dusty shelf or TV or wherever you put your stuff that never see’s much Pledge??

      I LOVE window clings so I always have to wash the windows first and I put that off so long. It only takes a few minutes but it’s one of those things I procrastinate doing. Those clings won’t cling to dirty windows though. I’ve tried just rubbing them good but it just doesn’t work. Unless you spit and polish them, they keep falling off dirty windows and mirrors.

  3. SKL says:

    About what my favorite Christmas tradition is? I really don’t know. I haven’t really developed any solid traditions with my kids. Up until they were 3, they really didn’t “get” the whole Christmas thing. When they were 4, Mr. Houseguest was living here, which was always somewhat of an irritating dynamic, including on Christmas. Now, this year, we have friends (who are not Christian) coming over, so that will mess with all of the Chrstmas stuff. Maybe next year we’ll start some traditions.

    Before kids, I used to love going to my parents’ house on Christmas Eve and wrapping presents. We would show each other what we’d bought for everyone and chat and watch Christmas movies or listen to carols all night. Now I stay home on Christmas Eve, and my adult housemates are not nearly as much fun to putz with.

  4. Laura says:

    Yeah, I forgot my traditions, too.

    Of course, there’s Twinkle’s Ribbon, which I wrote about in a previous post. That is so much fun, and Josh just loves it.

    I set up a “wrapping station” down in the basement, and watch movies while I wrap. It’s a way for me to escape from the world and get some work done at the same time.

    Our big Christmas Meals at my house happen on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning. I never liked the craziness of having to spend all Christmas Day cooking, so when we started hosting family, I switched it up. We do a big dinner on Christmas Eve (which gives Josh an outlet for his excitement, he can help cook), and sometime during Christmas Eve Day, I put together a batch of cinnamon rolls, pancake batter, or maybe this year, Creme Brulee French Toast or Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast. That way, we have a big breakfast after gift opening, and then we can spend the day socializing and playing and whatever. Dinner is then leftovers from Eve. It makes for a very relaxing day.

    When Josh gets a little older, maybe by next year, I want to start adopting a family, so he understands that others don’t have it as well as we do. But I want to wait until he can really grasp that concept… and maybe contribute some of his own money to the cause.

  5. Joy says:

    We don’t really have traditions anymore. I mean we still do the same things we always did but when your kids have flown the coop, you pretty much do your thing without much fanfare. The only thing we’ve really changed is when we put up the tree. We used to do it the Friday after Thanksgiving and now we wait one more week. It takes up so much room. Our tradition now is the kids all come on Christmas Day and we make prime rib. I love Christmas Day. It’s usually just the kids, us and my mom so the stress is very low. I don’t feel like I’m putting on a show for anyone and there’s not near the work. We eat a few appetizers but it’s not like Thanksgiving or Easter where we totally pig out. We really like to enjoy this meal so we don’t overeat all day.

    I’m not going to do much today. Paul and I were both hit really hard last week with the flu. It was weird though. Paul got a “cold” first and started sneezing and got plugged up an the next morning I woke up with a fever and had that for 3 days and then got the “cold” part. Then I started to feel better and he just got worse and ended up with bronchitis. He got on medication right away because the sound of his cough scared me and I made him go in. He’s feeling better today and so am I so hip hip hooray. But I still feel tired and don’t want to overdue. I’ve got a handful of gifts to wrap today and then I may go for a little walk and fill the birds feeders and their baths.

    Have a great Monday and good week everyone. I must go to Pinterest now. I can’t stay away!!!

    • Jenny says:

      Let me know about the massage tomorrow for Paul!! I hope you guys feel great for Christmas. I heard you were coming over Christmas Eve! We will have tons of appetizers before the meal. So come early afternoon if you would like to visit. Mel’s making her mushrooms & shrimp 🙂 I’m in charge of the dips, and mom’s doing meatballs, weanies, & wings. We always have plenty of food! And yummy lasagna for supper

    • Joy says:

      I’m sure he’s going to want his massage. He went to work and isn’t contagious anymore. I’ll need to wear my fat pants soon!

  6. Nikki says:

    Well this weekend was kind of a bust for what I had planned, but that’s okay. I can’t worry about things I have no control over. We pretty much layed low (that isn’t correct, but do you say lied low-that doens’t sound right) this weekend. Jason got some wild hair up his butt, and started cleaning so I went with it! bailey’s room was awful! It’s amazing how things just pile up. He is such a pack rat! He also did all the laundry and cleaned the laundry room! I went in there this morning to do my daily routine of laundry, and there wasn’t any! 🙂

    Other than that, we did some baking, and watched movies all weekend. Unknown, with Liam Neeson, whoa what a crazy movie. We weren’t sure about it almost the whole way through. We kept saying, but remember this, and that-it doesn’t make any sense. But in the end, it all made sense and ended up being a really good movie. We also watched The Adjustment Bureau, with Matt Damon, another good one. And I finally watch The Shawshank Redemption! Can you believe I’ve never seen it. What a GREAT great move!!!!

    Bailey’s home today from school. Came down with the stomach flu yesterday, and now has a headache. I just hope he’s better by Wednesday. We have our Xmas with my mom and her boyfriend that evening.

    Have a good Monday everyone!

  7. SKL says:

    Well, I played hookey from work this morning in order to sneak in some Christmas shopping. I was up pretty late last night working, so I don’t feel too guilty about it. Ya know, sometimes you need to shop without kids! I needed to get just a couple small things for them to open separately. Plus I needed to get stuff for some grown-ups, and I just hadn’t had a chance to do my “inspire me” shopping. Last Saturday was screwed up by Nanny’s unexpected birthday party, and this past Saturday was the Nutcracker / traffic jam debacle.

    So anyway, I got most of the people done. There are a few people I should probably get something more for. Now for the wrapping. Hopefully I have enough gift bags in the right sizes. I bought a very pretty reusable box which I’m going to stuff with my parents’ gifts (after wrapping a couple individually). Hey, it’s either that or wrap them at 4am some morning when I have work hanging over my head.

    I also found a few nice-looking bins to fill up with my kids’ miscellaneous crap that’s currently all over their top bunk. My ultimate goal is to have the place looking nice despite being a small room full of little girl shrapnel. It’s easier said than done.

    So now, I need to get back to work! I’m so glad I played hookey, though!

  8. Nikki says:

    Oh, traditions! I forgot. We usually always get our tree at least the weekend after Thanksgiving, but we didn’t this year. It used to always be the day after, then it got pushed to the weekend after. Now, it’s whenever we can! I am HUGE on traditions, so I’m not exactly happy about that, but “it is what it is”…

    Other than that, we do watch A Christmas Story together, the 3 of us, on Christmas Eve. We open gifts from each other, and Santa’s are for Christmas morning. We go to Paul and Joy’s Christmas Day, so we all end up getting a fair amount of gifts that day. Doing ours Xmas Eve breaks it up a bit.

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