I’m way out of the loop on this world sharing thing, but I’ve missed it a lot. So here goes my Christmas sharing, a week after we’re all sick to death of the holiday and just want the house to magically return to normal.
Have you ever had to work on Christmas Day?
Every woman I know works her butt off before, during and after the day of, and likely the month before that. We work so hard we lose our sense of proper grammar, among other things. So yes, I have had to work on Christmas Day, but never out of my home at a paying job that I can remember. That would be like taking the day off I think.
If someone gifts you something that you immediately loathe, do you pretend to really like it anyway or are you brutally honest about your opinion?
Trying to imagine immediately loathing something. A snake perhaps? That would be a loathsome thing to receive. And might prompt me to be brutally honest for once in my life. Mostly I’m so touched by the gesture I don’t even care what it is. If it’s really out to lunch I would rather not pretend it isn’t, but just profusely thank the gift giver for thinking of me. And maybe silently ponder what the heck goes on in their heads. Smiling the whole time of course. Because gifts. Everybody loves gifts.
This year we were spoiled beyond belief with a new iPad for me and a laptop for W. We were eventually going to get around to making those purchases ourselves, but we just bought a new fridge, and we need our dishwasher replaced, and you know, priorities. It was the best surprise EVER and I’m still over the moon. That should be good for the next 20 years worth of gifts from our kids. I’m serious. Spoiled rotten. It feels really good.
Which popular drink, found during the Christmas season most often, is called “milk punch?”
Oh, gah, must be egg nog. Now there’s something disgustingly loathe-worthy. I don’t care what you do to it, it’s still raw eggs. I get a little gaggy just thinking about it.
How many ghosts show up during “A Christmas Carol?”
Who started making these questions so hard? Was it three? Present, past and future? Was there another one in there that I’ve missed? Do I fail this one? When in doubt, just answer a question with five more questions. And then change the subject.
Are you all about the holly and jolly or more about remembering the alleged ‘true’ meaning of Christmas?
Our Christmases have evolved over the years, that’s for sure. I grew up going to church and singing all the carols and playing parts in the nativity scene. I was a shepherd once, that was the worst costume ever. But there was also always Santa and presents and decorations and food. The Christian part of the holiday has been relegated to the background, but really, isn’t it all about caring and sharing, love and goodwill and kindness and fun? I think we do that around here pretty well.
Please share a memory or thought about the holiday season if you’d like, whatever kind of celebration you may observe.
That stuff I said in the beginning about Christmas being so much work? It’s not that bad really. I’m just old and cranky when I get tired. Every year I get so much help I really have no reason to complain. You can make it as simple or as crazy as you want. I sent out hardly any cards this time around, and bought NO wrapping paper at all. I find people are very unlikely to open up an envelope containing cash and immediately loathe it. There are five teenagers now and grandma and grandpa are not going to risk buying anything for them that they have to pretend to like. Because that would definitely happen.
I’m quite enjoying our more adult Christmases. Less fighting and crying and running around yelling is always nice. I was going to say I miss having little ones for the holidays but I think I just talked myself right out of that one. Whew.
Now I cant wait to take the tree down. I’m done. Over and out. Love to all.