Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Last night, I was at the grocery store.  Yes, I am insane.  The grocery store on December 23 is no place to be.  The only worse place to be would be maybe Bath and Body Works on December 24.  That is the day it is filled with men, who are either crazed or dazed.  That is all beside the point.  In the grocery store last night, an acquaintance asked, "Are you ready for Christmas?"  My answer was, "Every time I think I am ready, I find out that I am really not."  I didn't add, "Why do you think I am at the store?"

I got ready pretty early this year, but it really gets me nowhere.  There is always more that can be added to the list.  Every year there is an imaginary "enough" line drawn.  If I am ready, the line just gets pushed out.

I like Christmas. (Realize here, that I am just writing about the surface celebration, and not the depth of my feelings about Christ and his birth.)  I enjoy the mood, the music, the presents and family celebration.  But I LOVE the day after that...and the day after that.  It is the time to enjoy the results of at least a month of preparation.  One of my favorite times of the year is when we are finished with Christmas, and can enjoy the vacation time that the kids still have.  There is a true feeling of freedom that comes when I can see that the calendar shows days represented as empty squares. We will decide what we feel like doing...and do it.  (It is one of the best benefits of being such a Retro Mom.)

Maybe you think Rudolph is just wearing glasses to shield his eyes from his own nose, but I think this is his December 26th and relaxed.

This year is a little different.  We are having extra days of Christmas.  Those are great too.  We will have family here to extend the days of celebration.  I am excited for that.  Riley will have cousins everywhere she looks.  I will be glad that I am not shopping and wrapping, but having some overdue visiting time.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas....and the day after that, and the day after that....


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Martha said...

I'm with you, it's the days after Christmas that are the very best of all! I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoys the great times ahead :-)

Granni P said...

I am ready for the down time also. I love Christmas and I love when it's over!


Agreed. The days after are much better when you get to see how excited the kids are playing with all their Christmas gifts and the little rest Mom and Dad get. I love that you have had a wonderful Disney'd Year! Happy New Year!