Yes, We Had Christmas

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.

Christmas!

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 love this Nativity set.  I enjoy setting this up every year.  And so far, over the years, it has survived 2 dogs, 6 cats, our children and cousins and visiting children.

I love this Nativity set. I enjoy setting this up every year. And so far, over the years, it has survived 2 dogs, 6 cats, our children and cousins and visiting children.

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Our usual Christmas setup minus the wreath. It’s not that I didn’t get a wreath (on sale), it’s just that when I soaked it overnight it poofed sooo much it smothered the candles. Setting my kitchen on fire for Christmas was not on my list. So it was relegated to the wall. Briefly. Two days later the wreath decided it was ‘done’ and began shedding needles by the handful every couple of hours. Spider Bait took it outside with plans to burn it, but the wind was too high. So it now sits on the brush pile.

First of all, my walls are white, not yellow.  But this is how I hang lights in my windows.  The lamp is a golden brown and a gift from a friend.  The little oil can used to belong to my Great Grandfather and the color is very close to the color of the lamp.  I grabbed the wee rooster one year with Christmas cheer because he was such a cheerful little fellow and I see him every morning.  And I was sooo 'awake' when I was taking this picture I only just noticed that one of the lights is hanging loose at the top. *shakes head*

First of all, my walls are white, not yellow. *sigh* This is how I hang lights in my windows. The lamp is a golden brown and a gift from a friend. The little oil can used to belong to my Great Grandfather and the color is very close to the color of the lamp. I grabbed the wee rooster one year with Christmas cheer because he was such a cheerful little fellow and I see him every morning. And I was sooo ‘awake’ when I was taking this picture I only just noticed that one of the lights is hanging loose at the top. *shakes head*

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!

Our $80 tree purchased for $20 two days before Christmas.  This tree was finished being decorated at about 2 a.m. after a generally sleepless week.  The ribbon garland looks like a drunk put it on (that would be me).  And the next day it took me awhile to figure out what was missing on it.  My red bulbs didn't make it out of the basement.  Lack of sleep can be a bear.  But, lack of sleep be damned.  It still looks cheerful and bright and smells absolutely wonderful.

Our $80 tree purchased for $20 two days before Christmas. This tree was finished being decorated at about 2 a.m. after a generally sleepless week. The ribbon garland looks like a drunk put it on (that would be me). And the next day it took me awhile to figure out what was missing on it. My red bulbs didn’t make it out of the basement. Lack of sleep can be a bear. But, lack of sleep be damned. It still looks cheerful and bright and smells absolutely wonderful.

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!

My favorite Angel!

My favorite Angel!

Follow that Star!

Follow that Star!

Decorating the tree!

Decorating the tree!

Have to have our Christmas Poinsettias!

Have to have our Christmas Poinsettias!

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:

The better for to sew LARPing costumes!

Saver’s – The better for to sew LARPing costumes!

I now have a blow-up kayak so that I can go out on the lake without paying by the hour.  And I have to get my butt out of the door and to the lake.  I deserve it and have to remind myself of that.

I now have a blow-up kayak so that I can go out on the lake at the State Park without paying by the hour.  I just have to quit making excuses why I don’t have time to do it.  Make “Me Time” a priority.

Hot Sweet Cider was to be had all Christmas functions at our house!

Hot Sweet Cider was to be had at all Christmas functions at our house!

So that was Christmas for us.  I’ll leave you with a picture of me trying to get pictures.  *sigh*

This is a share from our attempts to get a 'good' tree picture.  Why Saver took a shot of me growling I do not know.  But the flash wasn't working on my son's camera, I've got too much of a flash on my camera and we were just 'annoyed'.

This is a share from our attempts to get a ‘good’ tree picture. Why Saver took a shot of me growling I do not know. But the flash wasn’t working on my son’s camera, I’ve got too much of a flash on my camera and it was just annoying.  I am not a technologically savvy person.

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