Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blah Humbug

This has been the year of the holiday blah.

I just can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit. Christmas Eve. I have been up since 5:30, and here I sit, waiting for Brad to come out of his third shoulder surgery this year. Is that the best way to spend Christmas Eve?

We did spend three fantastic nights in Greer earlier this week, playing games, eating snow, sledding, getting stuck in the snow, waiting for tow trucks, and watching eight glorious inches fall from the sky. That was relaxing.

But when we got home yesterday, I evaluated my Christmas Day preparations.
Hadn’t wrapped a single gift.
Didn’t know what my food assignment was for Christmas Eve.
Hadn’t mailed my Christmas cards (full disclosure: I just finished addressing them here in the waiting room. I’m so lame.)
Couldn’t remember what my food assignment was for Christmas Day.
Hadn’t finished my sewing.
Didn’t make treats for any of my neighbors.
Hadn’t taken the little kids to see Santa.

Where did the season go? All that time. Gone.

Where did my Christmas Spirit go this year?
Is it due to a new baby and all that exhaustion?
Is it because I’m entering a new phase of life—old mom to a newborn, young mom to a married daughter?
Is it related to Brad’s busy busy life?
Is it all Obama’s fault?

All I know is that I have only a few more hours to kick this "not-quite-a-Grinch-but-nothing-near-an-elf" mindset.
Next year, I’ll do things differently.
I say that every year.

As soon as Brad returns from his anesthesia-induced nausea, I’ll hurry the kids to Bass Pro Shop. I hear their Santa’s pretty good. Better late than never, right?


  1. That Da*#ed OBAMA!!! I say blame him for everything!!! I have found the world, in fact, does continue to turn...whether or not I find time for Christmas Cards...etc. Hopefully my friends and neighbors know I love them all make up for my lack of Christmas cards...most years. Merry Christmas Jen...!!!

  2. I have struggled this year too. And I have always gotten way excited about Christmas. Sadly, I feel like I'm just ready for tomorrow to be over so that I can rest! I'm so sorry about the surgery thing, I truly feel your pain. Our 7 year old fell on Tuesday and broke her arm, which required surgery and 24 hours in the hospital. One less day to get ready! But I think I'm there, I'm going to bed. Hope you get everything done and have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  3. I hope the surgery went well. And Merry Christmas to you!

  4. I've struggled too, but then again, I always do, haha. However, I think the THIRD shoulder surgery makes your "bah humbug" ok. WHO gets surgery on CHRISTMAS EVE, especially when you have so much to do? OY! I do hope that Brad is ok and recovering nicely. I hope your day turned out well. You DID get to spend time in Greer, that is lucky business indeed. And finally, at least I know why I don't have your smiling faces adorning my wall. Good to know they'll be coming. Love you. Here's hoping the new year brings new you. hehe