Thursday, December 20, 2012

So much to do...

We're down to the crunch. Five shopping days left if you include today, which I am because it's still so early in the day. Five sleeps until we get to see what the jolly old elf has left for our families.

Five days isn't enough.  *sigh*

I've got the shopping done. At least I think I do. Last night, I pulled out all the gifts, piled them onto my bed and separated them by recipient. Then I had the opportunity to take inventory. Does one pile seem to outweigh the others? Is any one pile particularly small? Does it even matter who gets what?

I think I stopped caring about the gifts a long time ago.

I just want to spend the day with my family, enjoying each others company, eating, singing and laughing together. I could care less about all the hoopla.

Our tree hasn't yet been decorated, and honestly, I don't think it's going to get decorated. I've been fighting a vicious bout with Influenza for the past few days, while still working and doing Mom stuff. I don't have the extra energy it takes to decorate a tree. If Hubs and the kids feel like taking on the task, all the power to them. Otherwise, even our tree will be taking on a simplistic design this year.

Not one gift is wrapped. I have rolls of paper, tape and all the accessories, but absolutely no gumption to get it done. Thankfully, Hubby enjoys doing this with me so I foresee a gift-wrapping marathon in our future. I'm getting tired just thinking about it.

Other things I still haven't done: baked cookies, made treats of any kind, purged toys and clothes, cleared space in the living room, put pictures in frames (as gifts), or written out one single card.

What the heck happened?? I was so prepared and then...pffttt. Everything fizzled out on me.

There's still the regular day-to-day stuff that needs doing: laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. that has got to get caught up on. I need a vacation from this holiday.


  1. Aww... I hope you're feeling better soon my friend! You'll pull it off! Try to take extra vitamins and drink lots of water, healthy fresh foods!! Good luck!!

  2. Hope you're feeling better! I'm at home with a sick boy - something nasty is going around. It's like a flu with a cough!

    Like you said, the holidays are all about time with your family. How about using gift bags instead of wrapping most of the gifts. If you already have them at your house, it could be a frugal time saver!

  3. I went simplistic this year, too. There are no candles in my windows for the first time ... ever. And you know what? Not one single person has said a thing. I am thinking they haven't even noticed, which must mean it was only important to me! My gifts are wrapped, but I actually enjoy that chore. Feel better and relax! Enjoy what means the most. Merry Christmas!


  4. I hope you feel better soon! I was smiling when I read this post, but really, why do Moms always have to be the "Christmas fairies"! We started downsizing Christmas a couple of years ago when I just stopped doing everything. It wasn't any fun for me, and I think my family finally figured it out. I still get overwhelmed by this holiday, and hopefully one day I'll be able to downsize even more.

    Take care of yourself and I hope you are able to enjoy the holiday too!!