One Week to Christmas

Damn updates! Can’t put up the pictures I took of me eating Christmas cookies for breakfast. That’s okay – just know that I did it and enjoyed it tremendously.
Busy week. We dodged a family feud bullet – lots of hurt feelings and tears but it’s working out, thank heavens. Imperfectly, but perfection is boring.

So this week I made nightshirts and sleep pants for Erin, Alex and Ali (I had a bunch of Hello Kitty Christmas flannel I’d bought more than a decade ago). I’m putting the binding on Alex’s quilt today, I’m attempting to make Ali’s quilt (it’s all cut) but I expect that’s not gonna make it in time for Christmas. I spent Thursday making Christmas cookies (cut-out sugar cookies, m&m cookies from my aunt’s recipe, cute green and red cookies with lemon extract). They were for GAAR (our theater group)’s Christmas celebration, which was a staged reading of A Christmas Carol interspersed with carols and music. I’ve been in such pain I tried to get out of it, even though it’s one of my favorite things, but Sabra talked me into it so I was Mrs. Fezziwig, the third narrator (and I got to read all about “luscious pears” and “twelfth-night cakes”), plus, my children I sang “Dona Nobis Pacem” With two other women. One was Cara, a magnificent alto who’s been the Mother Superior in Sound of Music (Climb any Mountain, anyone?) and the other was Heidi, a professional opera singer. My knees would have rattled if they weren’t so swollen, but I summoned forth my long-forgotten training, supported from the diaphragm, and managed to hold my own. In fact, was told I had a voice like an angel. I’m still shaking my head about that – my classical voice is weak. But not on Friday night.
I spent Saturday in bed, and finished up the nightclothes on Sunday. Today I sew while Richie decorates our tiny tree (I’m in too much pain to do much – can’t raise my right arm to hang things, etc). But I’ll try to do some cleaning. This year I’m embracing hygge with full force – it’s a long, cold winter and we need to be cozy.
The kids are safe and well, so I don’t need to panic. Sally and family are coming for Christmas (to their own house, thank God) and while I’ve got appointments this week we’re sliding into celebration mode rather than preparing mode.
Did I mention I love Christmas?
It’s really nice not to feel pressured about presents, or socializing (or lack thereof). We can just celebrate the return of the light (central to Christmas, Hannukah and Saturnalia) and be happy.
I hope you’re all going to have a lovely holiday, with no politics, lots of good food, family you love, friends and pets and everything with a candlelit glow. to quote one version of Auntie Mame, we need a little Christmas in this world of ours. Let’s seize it!

Merry Christmas, my children. Let’s hope that 2018 will be better than 2017 (which somehow managed to be worse than the god-awful 2016). Things have got to get better, and they will. We each just have to do our part to spread love and good-will.


7 thoughts on “One Week to Christmas

  1. Office Wench Cherry says:

    I’m loving our low-key Christmas but I do miss the decorations. With a cat and 3.5 month old puppy, they just aren’t in the cards this year. I was going to decorate the outside of the house but we’ve had horrible wind for the last few weeks and it has scuttled those plans as they involved hanging outdoor ornaments, but we do have lights up. We are going to go to my parent’s place for a casual supper and visit with my sister and I’m not sure what we are going to do for the big day, either a ham or a turkey for supper. Tall Boy is working over New Years which is when we usually do a finger food-type supper. I will be ringing in the new year sound asleep with 3 dogs.

    Until then, I’m working quite a bit as we are behind but things slow down over the Christmas/New Year period as everyone goes on holidays.

    We are going on Thursday to test-drive a new CUV for me, I’ve had to admit its finally time to get a new car and I think we’ve decided on one.

  2. Carol says:

    Not much decorating for us this year – we’ll be away for Christmas and it seems like a bad idea to leave the cats with too much by way of stimulation, even with the housesitter to oversee things. But my cube at the office is decorated for a Parisian Christmas, with strings of Eiffel Tower lights, a Nutcracker with an Eiffel Tower crown, and macaron ornaments.

  3. MJ says:

    Wow, Krissie, you’re powering through. Merry Christmas to you and to all ReFabbers.

    It’s insane here, but it will all come together. And what doesn’t come together won’t be fatal, so we’re good.

  4. Jill says:

    I would love to hear you sing Dona Nobis Pacem . What MJ said-you are powering through the pain. Is there anything (temp or permanent) to help you power through ?

    All is calm here. Except–I am stressing about getting our tech guy to come set up the new PC and laptop before we become Snow Birds Dec 30

  5. Sharon Bates says:

    I want to wish every one who comes to this site for help and encouragement a wonderful Christmas. Not just a merry Christmas but a time during the holiday season when you look around and say to yourself, “There it is, this is it, this is what I live for, this is why I go to all the trouble baking and shopping and wrapping. THIS is the perfect, sweet moment of happiness and fulfillment and contentment that I was working so hard for all these weeks. I wish you all that moment in these last days of 2017.

  6. Admiring your ability to be merry and bright and thus make reading these updates a delight despite your being in pain. You should patent that. The cheer, not the pain. Hope your new year is splendid.

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