Christmas is Coming
My house is littered with the scraps of packages opened and presents wrapped and it’s only getting worse from here. I have lofty goals of cleaning up today, but we’ll see how that goes. I also have lofty goals of baking lots of cookies and finishing wrapping and finally sending all the rest of my cards. Maybe 60 cards was a bit ambitious for this year. Ah well, I’m hopeful that I can get them out before the mail person comes so they’ll maybe arrive before Christmas. Maybe.
I was pretty productive yesterday, but I still didn’t manage to get all of my stuff in. I did most of the remaining gifts, though I still need to get to target for some things. There’s part of me that wonders if I shouldn’t have taken Logan to work so I could use the car, but I also have only had one day at home this week and I would like to make the most of today as well. It won’t really be a chill day, but at least I don’t have to put on real pants until this evening. With most of the shopping done and just a few things left to grab before Christmas eve, we’re so close to being ready. Which is good, because we’ve only got three action packed days left.
Of course we have to cram all the activities into the next week or so, because that’s what Christmas is all about. We’ll be doing all the things starting with sugar cookies with my little cousins tomorrow. After that, we’ll drive home so I can drive up and have tea with my mom’s side, since I won’t be around to see them on Christmas Eve, and then hopefully some family friends will stop by, since living an hour away means I never see anyone from back home ever. Thankfully, Sunday holds less driving, though we will drive over early to grab breakfast with the family before church and then presents and then the annual Christmas Eve party. Christmas will see us back up in Beaver County, after we have our own Christmas morning, for presents with my family and the Farkas family Christmas party.
So we have all the driving and all the social events to do this week and it’s going to be exhausting. I was invited to bake with a friend today, but as much as I love her, I had to decline. Introvert recovery is a thing that needs to happen in preparation for the coming days. Even after Christmas we have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday and then the final voice lesson back in Beaver Falls, so we won’t so much have a break between now and New Years. We still have to find a time for the work group Secret Santa party, too, so that’ll have to happen eventually. I’m very much looking forward to January when we’ll get a little bit of a social breather.
For now, all we can do is prepare as best we can for the social storm ahead. Not that I don’t love my family, and am very excited to see everyone and spend so much time up with them, but the idea of driving back and forth so much is exhausting and the fact that moving is becoming an increasing problem doesn’t help. It’ll be interesting tomorrow, decorating with the kids. Thankfully Logan will be up with me to help with the hi-energy parts because I don’t think I can keep up with a five-year-old at this point. Piggy backs and horsey rides will, unfortunately, not be a thing this year. Now are the times when I miss caffeine. I could probably use some this weekend.
We still have to figure out what we’re bringing to all the things, too, which is daunting. We haven’t established our thing yet, for either side. I brought my family’s cheese ball the last time we did Christmas Eve with Logan’s family and it went over well, but there were also several other cheese balls. I don’t know that we brought anything last time for my dad’s side, but I would like to this year. I had thought banana bread, but it’s also a family recipe, of sorts, so there’s that intimidation. Whatever it is, we have to figure out something that will travel will to each place. I’m debating on how lame it would be to do Logan’s scones for Easter and Christmas. There are only so many things that can make an hour trip without needing some sort of temperature regulation.
At any rate, we’ll figure everything out somehow and it’ll be fine in the end, I’m sure. It always is. We’ll have a lovely time with every one and eat lots of good food and chat with people and it’ll be grand. Hopefully I can get my list taken care of today and be ready to start the social things tonight. We’re already off to a sketchy start as I have a comfy cat on my lap that I may or may not be willing to move so I can finish Christmas cards real quick and run them out to the mail box. We’ll see how this goes. I will be taking next Tuesday off, due to baby appointments. In the mean time, have the very Merriest of Christmases, my dear friends, or a happy whatever you celebrate. Enjoy your time with family and friends and I’ll see you all in the New Year!