Thursday, October 28, 2010

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom…

As most of you know, I live for Christmas. Not the shopping and commercialism of Christmas, but rather the decorating, cookie baking, and carol singing of Christmas. I drive poor CGMan to distraction every year. In my defense, it’s not my fault the stores whet my appetite for Christmas by bringing out all the shiny new decorations in October!

Last year, CGMan was away on the other side of the world, so I had the run of the calendar when it came to Christmas. This year, I was already starting to mention this and that regarding Christmas, when I noticed that look in his eye. That look that says, “For the love of Pete! We haven’t even bought the Halloween candy yet!”  He steadfastly refused to look at all the new decorations at Costco. In fact, he commanded suggested that I not travel down any of the Christmas aisles until after October 31.

So we made a deal. I wouldn’t go nuts on him in October and he wouldn’t hold my manger scene hostage.

Well, guess what? He is out of town until late Sunday night, which is October 31!!  I thought about freaking him out and having the house all decorated for Christmas by the time he gets back. But I don’t know where he hid my manger scene, so I thought I better go easy on him at first. While it really is a little early for baking cookies and decorating, that doesn’t mean I can’t get my Christmas dishes down. I have my Christmas playlist on my iPod and my iPhone, so can be ready with a carol at a moment’s notice.

I tell you this as a warning. I am a fool for Christmas. Please don’t divorce me.



  1. YES! I love how you get so excited for Christmas. I'm with you, the decorating, the songs, the family gatherings all make my holiday season. I could do without the shopping, that's for sure!
    While I think it would be hilarious if he came home and saw the house had the christmas lights up, waiting is a good idea. You want to be able to display your manger scene this year!

  2. I love Straight No Chaser, but I've never seen that before. That was great! I was introduced to them a few years ago by a guy I used to work with. He showed me their "Twelve Days of Christmas" on YouTube, and I've been hooked ever since.

    Christmas? It's stressful, although not so much this year since I won't have a houseful of people. Still, it always feels like "didn't we just do this?" to me. I wish I could just relax and enjoy it (and not worry about how we're going to pay for it). I agree though, it would be funny if he came home and you had the whole house all Christmas-ed up. Would he have a fit?

  3. That was very cute. I actually smiled. I hate Christmas. Not because of the story of Christmas. Because of events that have happened in my life around Christmas time. And just recently I realized I robbed my kids of some of the Christmas Spirit because of my attitude. I'm not sure how to make that up to them. The last few years we all lived together I didn't even put up a tree. How do I make that up to them now?

  4. I'm with you all the way. I love the decorations and the cooking too. (Not such a huge fan of the commercial holiday, or the forced visiting with people who I wouldn't otherwise choose to spend time with.... but I can't quite give up the idea of a traditional Christmas.) In fact, my first cookie exchange in coming up in two weeks. I'm to bring 10 dozen cookies to my next cooking club meeting, the first week of November.

  5. Dawn. DAWN. Did you step outside at all yesterday? It was 90 degrees. There is no way one can get excited about Christmas yet. It's... sacrilegious or something. When we have a day with a high in the SEVENTIES, then you may begin with Christmas joy. :)

  6. Dawn my sister in Christmas,

    I feel like I should stand up and say, Hi My name is Lisa Pie and I am a Christmas-holic. I put up way too many trees. I put up (what my husband says) way too many Nativities. I have a huge long walk way and circular driveway that I line both sides with luminarias, so that it looks like a landing strip from the air.

    But I always make myself wait till after Halloween to drag out anything. I caught my husband counting Nativities one year and he suggested rather strongly that we had cornered the market and no more needed to come in the front door. : )

    p.s. My home phone rings to the tune of We wish you a Merry Christmas all year long. It does seem to bother other people. But I just get out my Christmas Spirit and say Screw "Em!

  7. Will you come to my house and set up Christmas - and take it down. I don't know. For the past few years, Christmas seems more a chore than a joy. Perhaps I need to re-think my methods.

    Glad there are those who still muster the spirit.

  8. I just keep thinking of the fact that you go Christmas crazy and you have no children in your house anymore! I think I would wean myself off the decor once (read: if ever) my kids were outta the house.

    Can you imagine how crazy you'll be when your eventual grandkids come over for the holidays? You'll probably hire a live-in Santa and have at least one tree in every room, including the laundry room and pantry.

    You are crazy, my friend!

  9. Ah Yes - Christmas! Dawn you are not alone! I too love the decorating part - relaxing by the tree etc. As I type I have 2 - 3 foot little potted fake trees plugged in - they are sitting in my family room all lit up and look so pretty! They are going on the front steps day after Thanksgiving - my husband has informed me they must be removed by tomorrow - since he's leaving for CA tomorrow - all I can say is "yes dear - whatever you say" I'll keep them lit all week while he's away - I find them relaxing! Do you think they'll be decorating for Christmas in Jamaica next week? Hope so!


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