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 – Mommy I got a tummy ache!

Cookies, cakes, candies, crisps, cobblers, custard, creme, crumpets–Christmas–cavity, chest pains, cholesterol, coronary, coma.

There no doubt that all of that go hand in hand, forget all the C’s there is just something about the holidays that make us want to eat. Then add the compulsive eating because your cousin looks like she’s never had a child while holding her third at only two months old. (hate her!) And don’t hit the bar to wash away the memory of Great-Aunt Edna’s 97 year old boyfriend grabbing your behind. Chocolate will not stop your dad from dancing after one too many spiked cocoa’s.

Calories! Turkey(fried and baked), ham, game hen, rabbit, and deer. Stuffing, candied yams, banana salad, corn salad, spinach, green bean casserole, cranberry in every form–there’s another 5 lbs– Yams, and potatoes, oh no! Sweet, mashed, au gratin, scalloped, baked, even fried! Rolls, cornbread, hush puppies, –carbs– not on Christmas right? Mac and cheese, pasta salad, frog eye salad (yummy)–oh my tummy!

Brownies, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan and pumpkin pie. Apple tarts, apple crisps and brown betty. Figgy pudding, banana pudding, bread pudding. Bundt cakes, coffee cake and  banana nut bread. Oh MY!

New years resolutions…one week away!

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – There’s no place like home…

No I’m not having a Dorothy moment. I really don’t like traveling during the holidays. Other than going through the airports with a huge teddy bear handing out the back of my backpack  for a nephew, or two (Thanks Grandma!).
A little help coping this year?

Give yourself time.

Don’t run around like a chicken with your head cut off. Really it’s not pretty. You know when you have to leave, you know everything that has to be packed. Do it early.

Entertain everyone.

Yes I received more smiles than you’d believe with the teddy bear(s), but don’t forget games, music, and books for your travel time. Specially with children.

I’ll add to this that if you are in a good mood  you will rub off on those around you. Take the silly reindeer antlers. Wear the flashing button. Wish every person you see Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, etc. Do just like the airline attendants just go through the list.

Offer a hand

I did this else where for my Christmas blogging but it stands true day to day. See the poor ragged mother trying to balance the kid, car seat, stroller…offer a hand and a smile. Grab the bag for the guy standing behind you instead of him squeezing in. Wash the windshield of the elderly couple getting gas at the next pump.

Twenty-five Days of Christmas – Batteries NOT Included!!!

We all know it will happen. So here’s my list of stocking up before the day comes…

Band-aids – putting together toys can be very dangerous

Extra paper – Last minute wrapping adds up 
Tape! – There is no such thing as over tapped, it just heightens the anticipation.

Advil-Tylenol-etc…it’s just inevitable.

And of course there are those pesky batteries!

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 – Remember when!

Favorites from when I was a kid! Just to get into the festive mood! Christmas should always be the time when everyone can still feel like a kid.

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – 12 Days of Christmas

I don’t know about you but I don’t want any of that. Alright I’d take the five golden rings, my luck they’d be fake and turn green. I wouldn’t mind…
My good child more than the one that gets in trouble
A husband that cleans after himself
Yes I’m dreaming.

So my list, minus a private island…

I would love to make dinner in these. I have a great Sheppard’s Pie recipe

I’m not a huge coffee drinker by my 10 year old tea maker is no longer working nor are my non-travel mug!


How about a nice simple new bed? Queen size please! With no bed bugs, thank you!

I new computer or laptop, mines starting to make funny noises!

Think I’ll stop on that note. lol

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas-Don’t Forget the Dressing

Christmas morning expect to see people in their pajamas. Forget the cute outfits and making your children wait to open those presents. It’s bad enough they have to wait for Mom and Dad to wake up, probably with a little coffee action, and remember how to run the camera.

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For Christmas Eve and the other parties through the season I expect festive colors. There should be reds and greens, golds and silvers, soft blues and whites. Occasional antlers, santa hats(I’ll be in mine) and elf shoes are also a must. Even your little tikes can get involved in the holiday spirit by dressing up.

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Then there are the big kids. Us grown up that revert to our childhood selves the moment we see wrapping paper or hear those sleigh bells ringing. While it’s not always right, I’d wear my santa hat every day all day…instead I have to wear regular cloths. Then there are those moments when it’s just you and your special one…then you can wear whatever you want!

Too bad I don’t look that good in anything like that! Alright guys stop drooling!

Girls turn

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Is that a candy cane or are you just happy to see me?

I could have done pages of the sexy women…what happened to equality?

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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.

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