Here Today – Sales Tomorrow

The presents are open and the wrapping paper is strung through the room. Lunch has been devoured, nap time will be soon. Tinsel is drooping across the branches where flung. The cats been hiding for hours since the little one opened the noisy gun. Two toys are broken. The amount of money spent is a sin. Three-hundred and sixty-five days until it happens again. A week ’til the tree is gone but we all know, the sales start tomorrow…GO GO GO!


Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Bah Humbug

It’s almost over and the spirit is fading.

I’ll turn on some Christmas music, trying to find something I haven’t listened to twenty-five times this season. Sing along praying I didn’t miss anyone in my last minute shopping. Double and triple check the list before the stores close for the last time before the big day. Probably threaten to cancel the whole thing four more times before my little guy goes to sleep for him acting up while watching Christmas specials.

We will sit down and read a good Christmas story, something with a positive, happy message. I’ll tell my boy, “All I want for Christmas is a good kid.” He’ll roll his eyes and ask what else. I’ll get a huge hug as he skirts off to bed with sugar plum fairies dancing in his head.

I’ll spend the night setting up for Santa. Wrapping last minute packages and trying not to curse over a broken nail or two. Even with the preparation of extra batteries, I’m sure I’ll run out. Extra tape, probably not enough. I’ll fill the stockings with all the little goodies and fruit, and try to remember those times when I woke up in the morning to a beautiful tree. Then laugh over every year when my mother said, “Bah Humbug”.

I’ll eat the cookies and drink the milk, careful not to leave lipstick on the glass. Adding more to my holiday eating. Fall into bed well after one and be up bright and early with the camera ready for smiles that make it all worth it.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Book It!

What? I’m a writer you expected me to skip books?

The Night Before Christmas

Had to pick the Golden Book

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It’s not all for the kids!

Can’t forget the reason for the season

Then there’s the stocking stuffers!

Hey remember I’m a writer!

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Naughty or…

I don’t need Santa’s list to know who’s been naughty this year. Mostly everyone has, at least once or twice. Enjoy the naughty side of Christmas…starting with my mother’s favorite!

Bad Daddy!

Bad kids!

Oh no, not Santa too!

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – It Could Always be Worse

While God can make a burning bush, fire and Christmas trees are just bad!

Animals+ christmas tree= really bad

Reuters: Fireman

Remember to turn on the oven. Food can’t cook without that important step!

Food poisoning isn’t a good idea, no matter how much you hate your family. 

Not enough gifts. Buy extra unisex and store them away, you can always give them for a later occasion. Trust me!

Child is afraid of their gifts. I’m afraid more kids haven’t ran from Elmo!


Wrong present to wrong person. Well that just bites! I really hope Uncle Fred can’t use those panty hose!

Make sure the christmas tree fits in the car/truck and your house!

I swear there are people in my family that would do this on purpose!

Repo man in a Santa suit or not just spoils the season!

Here’s your divorce papers! Won’t see you next year!

Keep your clothes on at the office party…it never turns out well!

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Dealing with “Those People”

Norman Rockwell must have had a great family to spend the holidays with to create such beautiful images of the world. For the rest of us…

They are your family. You didn’t get to choose who they would be…love them anyway! (mine!)

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. Author Unknown

Just remember: Next year you could be the fat one! (mine)

Smile, tell them you love it, then send it to Goodwill.

Friends are God’s apology for relations.  ~Hugh Kingsmill

I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap.  ~Fred Allen

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere

It could be worse! You could be at the in-laws!

It could be worse, you could be an orphan. Somewhere there’s a kid that doesn’t want to be an only child.

Someone traveled to be with these people.

So to get through the holidays:

Keep an upbeat attitude no matter how much the little ones scream, cry or run a muck. It’s only a couple of days a year. Next year will be different: child will grow up, the grown ups will get older, anyone could be gone from us at anytime.

Live like there is no tomorrow, laugh, dance and sing like no one is watching, love like your heart will never break.

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas-What do you want for Christmas?

My son is very simple, he wants legos. Maybe a video game or two. Me, I’d like being debt free every year on January first, not that it’s that hard for me, I don’t spend money. My husband will get books, yes he’s that simple.

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Gearing up!

The trees are up. The lights are bright. The sales are on. Let’s get to singing!

Twenty Five Days of Christmas

For Christmas I decided to run a special, like I did last year for Halloween, something every day in celebration of the upcoming holiday. This will be my family’s first Christmas in Winston-Salem and the first in seven years with the possibility of snow, at least more than sad little flakes that melt before they hit the ground. So without further delay, lets kick off the Christmas spirit