The more things change, the more they stay the same. Enjoy this updated post originally done in 2008.
Bah Humbug! I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that I really hate Christmas. While that may not be entirely true, I was forced to analyze my reasons for frustration in the holiday season. I may even have blogged on these before but they haven’t changed and who reads the blog anyway, right?
I think my primary frustration comes from having family on both sides that puts the fun in dysfunctional. We’re not close, can’t explain why and see no need to really try and resolve it. Honestly, I have felt like an outsider inside my own family since I was quite small. As a result, I crave for my family to be closer. We are but sometimes it seems not quite close enough. And, of course, factor in that the older four brats have flown the coop and the holidays seem like a big, fat, letdown in the making for family time.
I also hate presents. I hate shopping for presents. I’m intimidated by how much some people give their kids and, while I have never really felt the urge (or had the ability) to keep up with that I always wonder how that makes my kids feel. I also hate that presents take the focus of Christmas away from what it should be which is faith (although I am losing mine lately but that’s another post), friends and family. Having a shitty family has set me up for disappointment for quite awhile.
The other part I don’t like so much is that once Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are done, that’s it. Typically the days between the 25th of December and the 31st are just nothing but wasted opportunities for fun. So this year, because I am really digging deep to make these holidays not suck, I have come up with and will be implementing the fourth annual 12 Days of Christmas.
Here they are:
- 24th Christmas Eve: – my family
- 25th Christmas: – Apparently it is traditional that I make waffles for breakfast. Then lunch with in-laws and out-laws followed by some Packer Football and Fondue!
- 26th Boxing Day: Grocery shop and deliver purchases to food pantry
- 27th St. Stephen’s Day: Surprise friends with treats or maybe dinner?
- 28th Denzel Washington’s birthday: Movie Festival!
- 29th Celebrating the birthday of the inventor of the chicken nugget! Nuggets and fries for dinner and game day!
- 30th Rudyard Kipling born 1865: Watch Jungle Book, my favoritest Disney Movie today.
- 31st Hogmanay, 17TH Wedding Anniversary: Dinner party,Games, make sure I am showered with gifts and accolades and treated like a Queen (yeah, right!)
- 1st New Year’s Day: Dear Green Bay Packers and NFL: Thank you for making my New Years’ Day festive plans for me. Now, Pack thrash the Lions and start 2012 with a BANG!
- 2nd: Glorious! On this day in 1860, the discovery of the planet Vulcan was reported to the Science Academy in Paris. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? Star Trek! The only decision left to make here is which Kirk?
- 3rd: Wikipedia, you disappoint me on this day. It’s Eli Manning’s birthday. It’s the feast of St. Genevieve. Alaska became a state…. Oh! What have we here? a Pappy Boyington connection? A Chester Nimitz link? I’ll let Squidward and Sarge pick a flick in honor of these great warriors. Or we can find Baa Baa Black Sheep and watch that?
- 4th: Anniversary of the Battle of Reading. I readlize this has nothing to do with books but the kids will never figure it out since we’ve blocked Wikipedia. I shall curl up with a good book, read some stories to the Khan and whomever else wants to listen and everyone picks a favorite snack for lunch and dinner that day. I will have to work to make some of them healthy.