Well, it's coming up that time of year again, isn't it? I know for some, it's a bit early to talk about Christmas, but for many it's ok to share our thoughts now, yes?
Last year I didn't want anything at all to do with Christmas. Wasn't really successful in avoiding it, but did manage to leave the celebration and decorating to Disney as that's where we spent the holiday (at OKW).
This year, don't honestly feel like it either, but there is the boy and he has to have some semblance of normalcy. (What is normal. Will someone PLEASE tell me)?
At any rate, was in Home Place yesterday (an off price store associated with Marshalls) and they had a huge selection of Christmas things. Many were just one item of a style or type, so if you have a Home Place near you, shop early. I bought only a table runner. I think I'm going with silver and white for the table this year with accents of cranberry and maybe penguin.
The tree is going to be a huge challenge as our little house is stuffed to the gills with furniture and boys. We fortunately have a tall skinny tree that we bought a few years back because we were having a houseful at Christmas and needed something more narrow than our other, fat tall tree.
May actually go with a decorating theme for the tree too, as it will take less ornaments, but that's hard to do isn't it? We have decorations from friends and we love to put them up each year and talk about the friends who gave us the individual ornaments, remember them, wish they were with us. Friendship means more than color coordination.
We are doing seven fishes this Christmas Eve. That much has been established. We've invited my sister and her husband to join us. If they do, we'll go to Midnight Mass after dinner.
Not positive yet how Christmas Day will play out. Herself has family coming in from out of state and we may end up spending all or part of the day with them. I will be making lasagne for us though, so it will be here if we end up having our own dinner. Lasagne is what Mama made for Christmas dinner and I'll do it her way this year.
We've bought some special hot cocoa for Christmas Eve too. Mama always made hot cocoa for us, and we drank it from special Santa mugs. I don't have the Santa mugs, but we can have her tradition of cocoa. She was from a huge and very poor family, so things like cocoa were almost unheard of. It was a treat for them (17 children) so we'll remember her and how little things really mattered in her world.
I am almost completely opposed to gifts this year, and for any year I'm afraid. I've fully pulled away from all of that. I want to spend our money and time on food and people. Let me cook for you, and come and enjoy some time with us. That is our gift, and your gift to us.
I have Mama's punch bowl. Did I tell you? When Da left us, we broke up the house. How hard was that. I'd not wish it on anyone. When I was seven, back in the day when you could let your kid go into a store without fear, I was allowed to go into a shop next to where my parents were grocery shopping. I was looking for a gift for Mama for Christmas. There was a small display of huge boxes (remember, I was seven). They were glass punch bowl sets (for 8 WITH a ladle)! I had $2.00. The set cost $1.98. I struggled out of the store with a box too big for a bag and wrestled it into the back of our station wagon. I nonchalantly draped myself over the box, and my parents allowed me to think I was fooling them into having "nothing of interest." Mama kept that silly punch bowl all these years. So now I have it.
I think it will hold egg nog, spiked of course. Come and try some. If you don't care for it, I'll just fix you one of Da's famous hot toddies.
We'll put up decorations here and there. I've bought new tapers for the candleholders.
I don't know if Herself will get out the Christmas village she's been collecting through the years. She's a funny duck sometimes, she is.
We had some sort of snow stuff one year. I wonder if we still have it tucked away somewhere.
So, what are your plans? What will you have for dinner? What did you have as a child? Do you carry traditions forward? Do you start your own? Do you even like Christmas or is it more of a bother to you than not?
What will you be doing?