Happy Holidays to All!
This Christmas ranks down in the ‘not fun’ category. I’m still angry to a certain extent and feel a need to let some of this out. And I could bitch and moan a book’s worth, but I’m just going to give you the ‘highlights’ and then move on to the positive stuff.
The ‘not fun’ started a couple of weeks out from Christmas when I was stupid and invited my mother to go with me to pick up fish and snails from Saver since Saver was going to be gone for Christmas to meet her SO’s mother. The short version of the trip is that I got to hear all the ways in which I am a failure and a waste of space. Again. Yes, my fault. I should have known she wouldn’t pass up the opportunity with me a captive audience. Then a week out from Christmas my mother announced she wasn’t going to come to Christmas at my house since Saver wouldn’t be home. Why should she make the drive from my brother’s house if Saver wasn’t there? I guess my husband, I, and my son just don’t rank. She then announced she had been talking to my BFF, who is the daughter of her BFF (deceased). Since my BFF had the 29th off, “We believe you should not have Christmas and just wait for Saver to come back.” Not a suggestion. However, my BFF would never so presume without discussing things with me first. And unfortunately for my mother, I had just spoken with my BFF and she hadn’t said ‘boo!’ about cancelling Christmas. She wanted to know when she should show up (i.e. How early does she have to get up. 🙂 ) I get sooooo tired of my mother’s bullshit. (Again, this is the short version.) Also during this time, up to and through Christmas, I’ve been dealing with sick and dying critters and expensive vet bills. So lots of sad here. (I’ll do a critter update in another post.) I’m very attached to my critters, so this killed my mood way more than my mother’s crap. However, Christmas wasn’t going to wait until the critter crisis passed. So the last-minute rush was on.
With Saver MIA this year, Spider Bait became my primary Christmas
slave Elf. A-shopping we did go and many gifts were purchased. The kitchen and livingroom were cleared and cleaned and some decorations put out. Lights were hung by my husband in the cleaned windows. I have to have my lighted windows! Christmas gifts were wrapped. A tree was purchased and decorated. At roughly 3 a.m.(on Christmas), Christmas was as “here” as it was going to get.
I guess I should note at this point – please ignore the blur in some of the pictures. Lack of sleep makes me shake more than normal!
It always amazes me how many ornaments and lights and stuff just don’t show up on film!!! The tree looks naked in the picture, but it’s not!
Sooo, Christmas day my BFF knocked on our door at 10 a.m. I was still in bed thinking I had at least another hour! Oops! She looked at me and said, “Should I ask how late you were up this year?” I growled at her. We ate ham, vegetable pizza, different cheeses, olives, and fresh veggies and dip. Hmm, and foccaccia, marinated mushrooms, cookies, and Hot Sweet Cider.
We debated casually whether we should go see “The Hobbit” since Saver was going to see it while she was in Texas. We don’t normally leave the house on Christmas. We were watching a movie at home when we realized that if we were going to go we were going to have to get a move on. Could we clean up fast enough to make it? With three cats and a dog in the house, you do not leave a table full of food sitting there. Not to mention spoilage. So there we were, the four of us in our small kitchen trying to stuff everything either in the fridge or out in the garage. Alas, the cider did not survive my elbow and what was left in the pot landed, thankfully, in the sink and not on the floor. It stopped everyone in the kitchen for a moment of silence. We love our Hot Sweet Cider.
Well, we did make it to the theatre in time. Unfortunately, SURPRISE!, it was sold out. Turns out Christmas is a big movie day! Who knew? Certainly not us! So we settled for “Saving Mr. Banks”. There were 9 seats left. (Another day I’m going to rant about buying tickets online.) It wasn’t bad. I was glad to see they didn’t totally doctor the real story. And thus ended Christmas Day.
Saver came home on the 28th and we had our Christmas with her. On the 29th my BFF met us at the theatre for “The Hobbit” (Yes, I bought tickets online, grrr). Saver came along and watched it again. It was AWESOME! And, of course, they had to end it on a cliffhanger. Annoying! In the evening, my mother showed up with the gifts from my brother’s family and we did Christmas again.
New Year’s is when we have Christmas with my in-laws, so today we again stuffed ourselves silly and did gifts and threw wrapping paper balls at one another. I think there should be a law against your kids zapping you in the face with wads of wrapping paper. They enjoy it too much.
While we did get Gift Certificates and Christmas Cheer, a couple of big-ticket items led the way this year. Here are Saver’s and my headliners:
So that was Christmas for us. I’ll leave you with a picture of me trying to get pictures. *sigh*