Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year?

(Singing) "Christmas time is here! The most wonderful time of the year..." Oh forget it. As usual, I'm just not feeling it. "Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way, we had to cancel Christmas cuz we can't afford to pay, HEY!"

It seems to happen to me every year. I am never ready. It always sneaks up on me - tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe, WHAM! Hey, Christmas, back off a bit, you're in my space. But, Jen, you must decorate the house, put up the tree, hang some lights, buy some gifts, send some cards, bake some cookies, make some Christmas crafts, take the picture for the card, and make it all fun for Dylan! Hey, Christmas, BITE ME, you might want to start being celebrated in, say, February? We don't need that other holiday that month anyway.

As of today, we have a very modest amount of lights outside (done by Jim), one tree with just lights on it (also done by Jim, with some "help" from Dylan), a few decorations on the mantle and piano (done by me, today), and a snowman card holder hung by the door (done by me, today). I had a professional photo shoot scheduled right after Dylan's birthday, but the day before, he woke up with a really red face. It has been that way for the past 3 weeks! (Eczema is no fun).

*I wrote the above portion this morning. I was really hum buggin', but Dylan and I got out of the house. Driving down the road, this song came on...

Singing "SAN-TA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN...BA DUM BA DUM...SAN-TA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN...BA DUM BA DUM..." at the top of your lungs in a really goofy voice until your kid erupts in a giggle fit, helps relieve stress. Go ahead, try it.
(I'm guessing wearing one of those hats would also help).


JCK said...

Being goofy usually cures most ills. Even feeling scroogy during Christmas time. :) Don't be too hard on yourself. There is A LOT expected/that we put on ourselves.

Jonny's Mommy said...

Sometimes, when money is tight, it is hard to feel happy and cheerful at Christmas. At least it is for me. But it is more about money. . . as we all know and this is the time for being together. With the day I had, it was hard getting into the spirit today, but seeing Jonathan with the Christmas tree tonight really helped. Hang in there, Jen!

The Girls' Mommy said...

See? It really does work! Singing and dancing with toddlers can turn around even the worst of moods every time :)

Burgh Baby said...

I LURVE the new template and header photo! Look at you being all seasonal and festive these days!

I think I'm going to manage to get up quite a bit of stuff this year, in no small part thanks to a short, silly little girl who is enthralled with it all. I'm loving it!

Kellan said...

Funny you should write about how a song helped and changed your mood and I write today about not having a song to sing to my sweet daughter. I loved this post, Jen!

Take care - Kellan