Krissie: All About You, Christmas Edition

Photo on 12-23-13 at 7.16 AM I got up early to go to the grocery store since the weekend was pretty wretched with icing, only to find that there’s still more ice. I’m going out anyway, driving very carefully. This weather has really been insane.
so here’s what I have to do:
Do food and stocking shopping.
Make breakfast for Christmas morning (overnight French toast)
Make turkey etc. for Christmas day
Make soup for Christmas Eve
Finish wrapping (with Richie)
Finish cleaning (with Richie)
Doesn’t sound like much, does it. It’s hard when there aren’t any more adults around to help … who am I kidding, no one helped anyway except Bill, Taffy’s SO. Part of that is my fault – I just sort of took over and took care of everything. I don’t think my mother or sister would have done anything — they just never did. Thanksgiving was a bit of a burn-out — gotta figure out how to make things easier. Tim makes gravy now, and Alex helps with the crescent rolls. Maybe we just need to go away some Christmas.
Anyway, the tree is up and lovely. Many of the presents are wrapped, and I’m big on letting go of things if it gets to be too much.
How are you guys reaching for sanity this week? Or have you given up the fight, knowing that insanity is a temporary necessity?
I want to get to church on Christmas Eve. I couldn’t get there the last two Sundays (snow last week, ice this one). They even cancelled church services in the state yesterday, which I thought was weird. But c’est l’hiver. (That’s winter).
So, hang in there, guys. I’ll be checking in tomorrow to see how you’re doing (and probably having a complete melt-down despite my zen-like calm).
But you know, Christmas is about love and caring and fun (I won’t get into the whole return of the light to the world that’s consistent in Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and Christmas). So craziness shouldn’t have to be part of it.
So I guess that’s my goal for the week. Not to get crazy.
What’s yours?

16 thoughts on “Krissie: All About You, Christmas Edition

  1. Andrea S says:

    Not to get crazy is a good goal. I’m spending my first Christmas with my boyfriend’s family and it’s making me nervous. Which I don’t really understand because I know them, they’re lovely people and they will be very nice to me. But it’s different and new and I’m nervous about messing things up. Or not having a good time (I think). Because I plan to be doing this every other year for the foreseeable future and I want it to be something I enjoy. Not something I dread. I just have to embrace the different traditions.

    Other than that, I ordered many presents so late this year that everything is coming in today or tomorrow. So I have to hope I can find the time to wrap everything before Christmas Day.

    At least once Christmas arrives I won’t have to work for a week and can enjoy some downtime.

  2. I want to see a picture of you with your Christmas tree in the background.
    Failing that, next Monday you can take your picture with my tree in your background. Nothing but good times.

    After I clean house and wrap presents (Christmas tomorrow at Mollie’s) and generally get my butt in gear. Still warm here, in the low fifties. It all goes south again on Tuesday, but still we had a gorgeous weekend here.

    And Krissie comes to visit Friday!

  3. Staying sane is good. Also safe: be careful, Krissie! I am phobic about the ice (due to an accident a few years ago that terrified me completely).

    I’ve finished the gifts I’m making for my ‘adopted’ family whom I’ve spent the last two xmases with. Simple crocheted mitts for the females and crocheted caps for the males. I’m stressing about all of them, especially the caps (are they masculine enough? Do they fit? Etc.). I have more gifts to crochet, but they will all be given or sent out after xmas, so I’m not worried about them.

    Just trying to stay calm and ride the flow. Want to enjoy this pause in the year and appreciate the slowly lengthening light.

    Oh, and start back in on my novel, finally (I have many pages of notes, questions answered, and ideas). And now I have a four-novel series based entirely on four related titles. I blame Deborah Blake. Of course, she started me on the first novel, too, so I guess she has four potential novels to her blame…I mean, credit. 🙂

    And I keep snagging Pins from Jenny’s pinterest page because I love her decorating aesthetic. It matches so much of mine. (Yes, I joined Pinterest, for decorating ideas and story pins. I’m SkyeIndigo, if anyone wants to connect.)

    • Maine Betty says:

      Skye, the caps will be sure to be masculine enough if you just remember to include those balls on the top.
      Merry Christmas.

  4. Try not to get crazy? Ha ha.
    Throw a book launch into the pre-Christmas works and that should add the nuts to the mix.
    I have a book coming out on the 27th. Who does that to a person? It’s like being at a huge party and everyone is chatting away and laughing, having a grand time, the noise volume at an all time high. You know nobody, and you’re in the corner nursing a drink, unable to break into any conversation and feeling lost…but, hey, at least you’ve got the drink. ; )

  5. C.G, Morrison says:

    We’ve let go of a lot of the crazy…we just had to. Too much else going on. We aren’t even getting a tree this year. There’s an artificial one in our storage that was my mother’s and maybe that will get set up, or perhaps we’ll just pull out the ceramic one, which we did one other year. This will be the first time in 30 years (the last time we used the ceramic tree) that we haven’t had a Christmas tree, but Friday we just decided there was no point. Even if we bought one, it would be tomorrow before we could get it up and decorated, and that seemed silly.

    I potentially have a health problem, so we’re just taking things slow and easy. DH is working today but will be home tomorrow to help with cleaning and such. Today, I’ve sorted gifts into mail/don’t. Once I’m done here, I’ll be wrapping and addressing those and we’ll get them to PO before noon tomorrow, hopefully any cards that need to be mailed will go out then as well. I’m going to type a generic letter for the folks that just get cards.

    I told people last year that there would be random acts of crochet gift giving through the year, so I’m not stressing about projects undone. I’ll mail them when I get them done. Same with ceramics.(I’m finishing and sending out pieces from my mother’s studio.)

    Considering last year’s Christmas gifts that were supposed to be mailed sat in my hallway until July, I can live with this. LOL

    Happy holidays to you all. Carol Ann

  6. Debby says:

    My mantra for Christmas this year is “It is what it is!” – things that don’t get done just won’t. Christmas will come anyway and we will all have a good time! We’ll see how long that lasts – I tend to dither and stress about things.

    I just purchased a pair of “yak-traks” – like tire chains for the bottom of your snow boots. Who knew they were so fan-didilly-tastic? They really keep me on my feet on the walk from my house to the garage (downhill). I recommend them in the snow and ice, in fact a few of my family are getting them for Christmas!

    Family started arriving last night for Christmas week, and when they all arrive tomorrow, we will have 15 people staying at our cabin. Today I escaped to the office for awhile. 🙂

    Merry Christmas everyone! Whatever Holiday you celebrate, I hope that you have a good one.

  7. Susanne says:

    Oh, I need a pair of those yak-tracks Debby. We’ve got ice all over. I always have a lovely long list of things that I need to get done, and as time approaches, the list gets amended and amended and amended. It’s good to aim high, but even better to be realistic.

    Right now I’ve got a huge pot of chicken stock simmering on the stove…

    • Debby says:

      I got them at Gander Mountain, but a lot of the sports stores sell them too. And I see that Amazon even carries them! Follow the sizes on the recommendations – even my big size 10 feet take a size small. You want them snug and tight so they don’t pop off while you are hiking in the ice and snow.

  8. My Christmas Eve and Day will be pretty relaxed and I bought champagne for Husband and I to mimosas with our waffles and bacon on Christmas morning, so really how can it be anything but lovely? The kids arrive on January 3 and then I’ll be spending 4 days snuggling Grandboy and talking endlessly with Son and DIL. Life is good all round.

    The happiest of holidays to all ReFabbers everywhere!

  9. Lynda says:

    Very low-key here. Couple of crafty things yet to be done. Nothing has been mailed, although I started buying stuff before Thanksgiving. Things will get there when they get there. I’m not feeling the holidays at all this year for some reason. To be honest, I’m just looking forward to the fuss all being over, so that I can concentrate on me again. Is that awful?

    But I truly do wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year full of love and joy. My life is full of blessings. May yours be the same.

  10. Micki says:

    LOL, I will be getting ready for Christmas until at least December 28th! I have cookie dough in the freezer, and parts of a gingerbread house, but no ginger bread house, and the cake part of an ice cream Christmas cake (-:. Magically, I expect it to get all done this evening, and early enough that I can get in bed at a decent hour — work on Christmas day.

    But, most of my packages arrived at their destinations, so things are looking good. Other people will simply have to extend the Christmas season (-:.

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