The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years?
My feelings toward Christmas was more like this picture a few years ago. I had the Christmas decorations taken down within an hour on Christmas Eve. It was a chaotic sight to behold.
Since then I just take the holidays one day at a time and try not to get overwhelmed. It helps that I’ve lowered my expectations.
I have come to terms with the fact that Christmas will probably not be like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We won’t be having musical numbers like in “Holiday Inn.”
It won’t be terrible either. It will be time with family, which is what matters. If it doesn’t go according to plan, then we’ll have something to talk about for the rest of the year.
I’m also ok if we don’t have a white Christmas.
This is the first year that we’ve had an Elf on the Shelf. I just noticed that the box basically says, “This isn’t the elf that you’re looking for.”
Apparently, the real Elf on the Shelf isn’t supposed to be touched by the kids. Touching makes the magic wear off. Then how can the elf fly back to tattle to Santa? Yeah, I don’t know either.
Anyway, I guess I bought the elf that just sits around waiting to get the party started. So according to the box, she doesn’t fly and has not one bit of magic. Well, I believe she has magic no matter what the box says.
My kid doesn’t know that it’s not a real Elf on the Shelf. I don’t think she really cares. I’m not using the elf as a tool to get her to behave. People of the blog – I’ve been telling her for five years to be good because Santa is watching. This kid does not care who is watching. She is going to do what she wants whether Santa likes it or not.
So the elf is just for fun. It might be more fun for mommy than anyone else.
Belle the Elf and Javiel the Mexican Cowboy are already up to no good. They ate the whole box of chocolate.
Little Sister #2 just came downstairs and caught them. She wanted me to tell Belle to get back in that tree. Javiel is also a bad influence. Even elves dig bad boys.
Funniest Memory from childhood
I wasn’t exactly a child when it occurred. I might have been about 15 or 16 years old. It was the first thing that I though of when I read the prompt.
Let me just say that my mom is funny. She reduces people to tears of laughter with her stories on a regular basis. This has been happening for as long as I can remember.
For several years at Christmas, she would do a roast of my grandpa. She would find all of these ridiculous presents and work them into the skit. She was Carrot Top before there was a Carrot Top. Everyone would laugh and have a good time.
However, there was one year that she dressed Grandpa up like a Christmas tree. My cousins and I either wore reindeer antlers or a red nose. We might have all been trying to be Rudolph. It was one of the funniest memories of my entire life.
*My grandma also gets an honorable mention for donning a Santa beard during the following Christmas celebration.
Another holiday scrapbook page. Holiday scrapbook pages seem to never end. So I stock up on holiday paper, stickers and page titles.
I do like the title of this page. It seems fitting for Little Sister #2. As you can see from the picture, she and Santa have a tense relationship. I think it’s because she is on the naughty list so much.
Well, I could not sleep at 1 a.m. So I did some scrapbooking. There’s always a Christmas page to do. Always. In fact, we should be careful that we haven’t repeated the same exact layout and title in the previous year’s Christmas page.
I was inspired by this layout design that I found on Pinterest.
Lucas took a picture of me with my three favorite Christmas presents. I received the Bluffton University Alumni sweatshirt from my mom. I used to have one that said Bluffton College, but it’s lost and outdated.
Lucas found the soundtrack to “Mary Poppins.” I didn’t know he knew that I love “Mary Poppins.” Apparently, I have subjected him to various soundtracks from musicals on Pandora. And then I tell him what songs are from which musicals. Who knew his was really listening?
Lucas’ mom bought five of the “Game of Thrones” books for me. She didn’t really know what “Game of Thrones” was. I appreciate the fact that she asked around and found out. I’m sure that Lucas is thrilled that I have more books. Maybe next year I will ask Santa for another book shelf.
I look like I’m ready to take over the world. With these presents, I feel ready to conquer the new year.
Although I’m not a sugar plum fairy anymore, I still believe that there is something magical about the holidays. It’s just more difficult to find.
We’re all trying to recapture the magic. We drive ourselves crazy with shopping, decorations, holiday cards, Christmas programs, office Christmas parties, Secret Santa gift exchanges and so on. It’s not as simple as it used to be.
I think it can be simple again. The magic is in giving to others. It’s in the joy of watching kids open presents. Honestly, it is so much better to see how happy they are than to open my own presents.
The magic is in Christmas carols. Sometimes, they are so beautiful that I tear up a little. I still take some teasing from my friends, but it’s all in good fun. “O Holy Night” always brings tears to my eyes. On a side note, I’m also a big fan of Wham’s “Last Christmas.”
I think there is magic in Christmas because there is hope. Some of us hope for a better tomorrow or true love. Some of us are still hoping for a unicorn (hint . . hint Santa). Whatever the wish is, there is magic in knowing it is a possibility. It doesn’t hurt to dream of having or doing something fabulous. Like being a sugar plum fairy again. Since I’ve misplaced my wand, I will be doing something else fabulous like donating toys or taking wedding pictures for a friend. (The last one scares me a little but it will be fine)
Happy Holidays! Hope you all find a little magic this year!
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O Holy Night by Patti LaBelle (or as my kid calls her Patti the Belle)