I’d be a liar if I claimed to be satisfied with progress so far. The tree did not get put up last weekend. Bob seemed tired, and I told him we could put it off. He pointed out that it is getting later and later. I pointed out that if he is tired, he won’t feel any joy in the doing of it, so what is the point? I won’t feel any joy in putting him out. Tomorrow we won’t be able to put up the tree because I have CCD, we have the STARS Party (Bob is going to miss seeing Santa there, as he has an “errand” to do right before Santa arrives. He won’t be able to return until Santa leaves. Poor Bob, missing out on half the fun.. ), and a party at a friend’s house in the evening. Bob is planning to put the tree up tonight. If he WANTS to, fine, but if he just thinks he SHOULD, I’m going to play up the wonder of putting it up closer to Christmas. Yes, I feel like we are “behind”, too, but I think in the long run, it is good for us to figure out which aspects of Christmas preparation are most important to us, and which are “obligations”. Really, to whom are we obliged to put up a tree for, anyway? We don’t have children. We aren’t having a Christmas party here, though I won’t tell friends or family who WANT to visit to get off of our doorstep . My uncle will stay with us for a few days, but I don’t think he will mind too much if his favorite chair isn’t displaced with lighted artificial greenery. Don’t get me wrong. I LIKE having a Christmas tree. The question is, how much do I like it.
An added stress this year: our Church wants everyone to share their Christmas baking this weekend. Normally, I would be decorating this week and weekend, and baking NEXT weekend. I could just not do it, but the woman in charge does SO much for our parish. She also provides a lot of things for a coffee and after Church herself, so if she is asking this ONE thing, it seems ungrateful to tell her this weekend just didn’t work out for me… Oatmeal cookies. I know they aren’t the most Chrismassy cookie in the world, but they are easy. Craisins instead of raisins could be festive… Thoughts? Peppermint extract maybe ….. then again, maybe not.
The “one Christmas thing per day” has gone as follows this week:
Saturday- Arranged the lights on the bush outside better.
Sunday- Cheered Bob on while he put up the wreath.
Monday- Put up the Christmas sun catchers in the window
Tuesday- Lined the “God Bless Our Home” shelves with garland.
Wednesday- Wrote out cards for CCD teachers. Got CCD student gifts ready. Got the ornaments ready for the ornament exchange party Saturday.
Thursday- Bought ingredients to bake cookies for Church’s cookie sharing Sunday.
Friday- Baked cookies for Church and a cake for STARS party.