Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas This Year

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. This December has been especially sweet. Our boys have been pretty well behaved, we still have jobs, a roof over our heads, can pay our bills, and we’re fairly healthy (a cold here and there, but no matter). This year I feel relief. I feel light and free. I’ve been pondering why I feel this way and I think it ties back into the stress of present buying.

Our boys received their Christmas early this year (as you may recall in a previous blog) and were told that this year they are receiving a small gift or two and their stockings. That’s it. The purchase of quads for our family was our Christmas. (I’m thinking of milking this for a couple of years, if possible.)

So as I’ve picked up small things for them, I haven’t been worrying about the boys. They’re happy with their gifts. I’ve been able to think about other people and actually remember folks I usually forget until the last minute!

I got Jenny’s present purchased and in the mail before I received hers. That’s a new record. (She always beats me to it.) I have already handed out cards and breads to our neighbors, put together a cute snowman filled with treats for Steve’s home teaching family, given my visiting teacher a gift, my visiting teachees their gifts, bought my students candy, my student aide and her mom presents, baked cookies for half of the staff at my school, got Carolyn’s family’s present ready, and bought stuff for Steve. My parents’ and grandma’s presents are even ready. I’m not tired of shopping. I’m not worried about Christmas morning.

Instead, this year I’m calm. So why am I usually a grumbly mess by December 19th? Why am I NOT a grumbly mess this year? I’m prepared, that’s the difference. This year I made a plan for presents and people and it’s working.

The only thing I forgot about was our Christmas card picture. We never took a picture of all 4 of us together this year. (Sigh.) Well, no one’s perfect.


  1. I thought I would be prepared this year. I started making my nieces' gifts months ahead, and ordered other items in plenty of time. But then I had to actually wrap and pack when I decided it was the last minute for shipping. I didn't realize how stressed I had been until I had sent the boxes away. Now I feel so much better! I don't know if I'm ready to celebrate at home, but I'm relaxing anyway. Except for another project here or there...

  2. Glad you're prepared, can I borrow some of that calm?

    To me, family Christmas picts take so much time, etc. When we're doing them I grumble inside but later they are always worth it.

    I'm off to the post office later today. Wish me luck! ;)

  3. Hey, Thanks for the snowman! We have been enjoying it! Steve's such a great home teacher, and you are such a great friend, we are lucky. Merry Christmas!

  4. Almost forgot, Happy Anniversary!