I’m one of those well-organized Christmas people who files decorations away like library cards, keeping them neat and in order for easy accessibility the following year. By this time, I usually have cheessecake made, cookies baked, bread baking, and the house spotless. I have everything wrapped, and ready to go under a beautifully-decorated tree, and have usually hosted our annual Christmas decorating party.
Our granddaughter, Maya, came down from Seattle last year to join us, but is working two jobs this year, and won’t be able to make it. We would have invited our dear friends, Peter and Toni, but they are preparing to marry and to go to Thailand on their honeymoon, any day now. Our friends, Baranna and Eric have gone to Texas, and my daughter has pneumonia. Ingrid has a 103 degree temperature, and my husband, John, is working fervently to get his final grades in by the end of the day….so I’m pretty much on my own this year, when it comes to decorating. It’s ok. I don’t mind. I would have preferred the party, but my main concern at this point, is that my family is ok.
It’s three days before Christmas, and my first full day off in months. Can I do it?
You bet I can! I got up early this morning ,and have already started. One step at a time, accomplishing what I can. I have the Wood Brothers playing on Pandora….my current favorite station….and my fireplace is roaring. The smell of cookies baking in the oven, is wafting toward me in the living room, and I have my daughter’s lunch simmering on the stove.
It won’t be the same as in years past, but I am happy just knowing that Ingrid’s temperature has dropped two degrees, that my daughter is improving, and that John is nearby if I need anything.
I can do this thing.
Happy holidays, everyone!