Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday awareness issues…

I love Christmas. I love to decorate for Christmas and I really, really love baking Christmas cookies. I love finding just the right present for my loved ones. Maybe something they mentioned months ago they would like to have. Those are the best.

Oh, and the music! I love Christmas music.  Of the 500 songs I have on my iPod, about 350 of them are Christmas songs. I have them all categorized. There are a couple hundred few I like to listen to when I’m baking. My favorite of those is “Christmas Cookies” by George Strait. Then I have “company” music and “decorating the house” music. I even have Christmas Eve music.

(now tell me that song doesn’t make you want to whip up some cookies??)

CGMan and I have always differed on when to put up the decorations. He always thinks it’s too early. Even if it were the week before Christmas, I think he would say that. I firmly believe it’s a guy thing. There was one Christmas I thought would surely be our last. He said he hated Christmas. Actually, he said he hated effing Christmas. My lip set to trembling and tears sprang to my eyes. I ran off to my BFF’s, sure in the belief that it was over between us.

How could he hate Christmas? Who the hell hates Christmas? I’m not talking about the crowded malls and over priced gadgets that are all the rage for this week only and stuff like that. Everybody hates that. I’m talking about the beautiful, shiny decorations. The feel-good-ness about Christmas. The doing nice things for others Christmas.

Anyway, we worked it out (lucky for him I forgive easily). To give him credit, after that year, he does try to do something very nice and “Christmasy” for me. For example, his favorite thing is to buy me a new decoration as soon as they come out at Costco, which is in August. This is achieved by putting on a mad, gay man attitude and squealing with delight over said decoration, “Oh! Honey! Wouldn’t this look faaaabulous in the dining room? It would totally go with the red sequined balls you got last year! I love it! I LOVE Christmas!”

He bought me an outdoor reindeer decoration when he was home in September, and it’s just sitting forlorn in the garage, waiting to brighten up the backyard garden. Can you tell I’m desperate to decorate?However, so as not to confuse all the children in my neighborhood by having them Trick or Treat at the Christmas house, I have resigned myself to at least wait until after Halloween.

That doesn’t mean I can’t go ahead and rearrange the furniture. Which I did. Or start going through cookie recipes. Which I have. And buy the new “100 Best Cookie recipes” magazine at the grocery. Which I will.

So today? I have cranked up the cookie baking Christmas tunes and given a couple of recipes a test drive. I like to get a jump start on the feel-good, be nice to other people part.

I have a feeling this is how “eccentric” gets started.


  1. Oh boy - there's no holding you back now!

  2. I think we should steal the forlorn reindeer out of your garage! This is just too easy. We can put a branch on the dog's head and pretend like we are just bringing presents, but we'll steal everything. Bwah-ha-ha.

    Oh wait... that's been done before. Dang Grinch.

    I'll be at your house soon for some spiked egg nog!

  3. Uh, I’m not much on Xmas either. Every year I publish my paper on Who Started Xmas Anyway, because it isn’t the birthday of baby Jesus. Its origins are in debauchery and solstice worships. I do this to get an early buzz killer going. Then I threaten each year, “no tree.” Somehow the Little Woman is able to get an 8’ tree stuffed in a little Honda and drag it home. Then I threaten to give her the usual gift, me lying under the tree naked with a bow around my neck. To which she says, “Make sure to get me the receipt so I can return it.” Then on Xmas Eve I deck myself in Real Tree Camo and commando boats and head for the mall. In the mall I stand next to old ladies eyeing a gift and intrude, “Excuse me ma’am, are you going to buy that, I was thinking about buying that.” They hate that. Each year my wife gets a Barlow knife whether she needs one or not and I renew her AAA membership. Tender, huh? Despite all those attempts to dash Xmas, it continues without me.

  4. You know... there are no rules that say you can't decorate the INSIDE of your house whenever the heck you want. I would not judge you if I came over for cookies this weekend and you served them amidst a Christmas village and some tinsel.

  5. I'm with BD. If the inside of your house is decorated who would know except for you and your friends? Although if you open the door to trick or treaters and Neil Diamonds "Angels We Have Heard on High" comes rolling out they might have an idea. I love Neil Diamond Christmas music...just a heads up on that. Hope we can still be friends.

    I love the holiday, too. I love people who are so genuinely excited about it. And if your lights are up on November 3rd, well good for you. It's your electric bill, what do you care? We put our lights up early here in MI only becuase if we wait too long it's seventy degrees below zero and people suffer from hypothermia just trying to be festive.

    Luckily, my J loves him some Christmas, too. His mom is a Christmas lover so it rubbed off on him.

  6. It's that fine line between eccentric and crazy that you really want to watch out for. I'll worry when you start leaving the Christmas tree up year round!

  7. Dawn, my holiday recipes are already in the test kitchen along with my Charlie Brown Christmas CD. Great minds think alike!

  8. I'm not a big fan of Christmas, can you still love me?


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