Monday, December 21, 2009

Getting to Know You: Holiday Oops!

It's Christmas week! Where did the time go?










If you're celebrating, are you ready? What's missing, and are you in a last-minute rush?

If you think everything is on track, good for you! But have you had things unexpectedly go wrong in the past? What are you doing to make sure this Christmas is perfect?











Let's share our Christmas panics and goofs. If you don't celebrate Christmas, answer in the context of your most important holiday. Maybe if we get it all out in the open, we'll find ideas to make our next big festival the very best ever!

23 comments:

Christine H said...

Well, I am trying to finish giving finals, grading finals, and getting the house ready for my parents' visit. They arrive Wednesday. I thought I would have plenty of time to get ready, but I was sick in bed all day yesterday and today my son's school was closed for snow, so he'll be home all day. So much for free time.

I'm really annoyed about the school closing because the snow ended Saturday night. So why is school closed today? And now they will have to go an extra day longer in June because of it.

How do I cope? Well, things will be a little less perfect, that's all. I'm getting to be a pro at polishing the surfaces and hiding clutter in cabinets. I might not get around to baking gingerbread before my parent's arrive, so ds and I might do it on Christmas Eve or next weekend instead.

Laura Martone said...

Hmm... well, I'm never ready. December is notoriously a very busy month for me, work-wise. I'm always juggling at least two deadline-oriented things - like a travel guide and film festival plans.

On top of that, we're usually in New Orleans, which means I have to spend time with my mom and dad separately (they've been divorced since I was two)... so that's more family events to attend.

Every year, I just wish I could enjoy the season more... and I wasn't always up to my eyeballs in work.

bunnygirl said...

I have to work through the 23rd, but I've gotten better about buying everything I need early. I'm very jealous of my time, so I start ordering gifts online as early as summer, rather than have to rush madly through stores, hoping to find what I'm looking for.

I had expected to be pretty busy running non-holiday errands on the 24th, to make up for everything being shut down on Friday (my usual errand day). But now I have a bit of a reprieve. My brother has to work Christmas, so the family stuff will be on the 26th instead.

I'll do errands and wrap husband-gifts on the 24th, relax with hubby and wrap family gifts on the 25th, and then grit my teeth and deal with family on Saturday.

Then I'll be done; dues paid for another year!

Ricky said...

It was nearly a disaster when the band came caroling during my family's gift exchange.

I guess I can count on you guys not doing that again, right?

Bo said...

I don't know, Ricky. Your sister-in-law is hot.

Kalila said...

Besides, we have a present for you.

Ricky said...

That's really nice, Kalila. Any chance you could give me my gift at my apartment? Or anywhere that's not my mom's house?

Please?

Vic said...

Well, I'd just as soon not go caroling at your mom's house again. You AB-negative types freak me out.

Kalila, let's skip Ricky this year. But that music critic was fun. Let's go sing at his place again.

Marc said...

Kaelin took a jaunt up to Canada and our little sharpshooter got himself a couple of deer. So we'll be having flank steaks and backstrap for our holiday dinner. Jason's working up some homemade beer. I'm cooking like the fiend that I am. Dad's working. And Aidan's moping about because no one's available to play. That's pretty well the hols at our house.

Aidan said...

I offered to help. You chased me away with a butcher knife and a whisk! Totally uncalled for.

Marc said...

You tried to marinade the backstrap in ORANGE JUICE.

Aidan said...

How was I supposed to know? It was sitting out, right by the steaks.

Marc said...

It's for the date pinwheels. Now run along. Daddy's busy.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Aidan, Marc... you two are hilarious.

As for me and Indy, well, we're on our own this year. Not sure yet what Christmas will bring.

In years past, my family celebrated the holiday in a simple way... homemade gifts and vegetarian dinners. The most recent "oops" I can think of is when my little brother, who's kind of a pyro, accidentally melted the fake Christmas tree we have - I mean, had.

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Calvin Mertz said...

Everytime I think I'm done with Christmas bonuses some one else arrives with a sad story. I'll never finish my own shopping.

I should have left with Daryl for the cabin in Tahoe a week ago.

........dhole

word verif: flump. Perfect to describe my current mood about the holidays.

Robert Crane said...

Stop it Bro! I'm glad you didn't go. Who knows what your cousin has planned up there, and you'd be right in the center of it all.

No, no; best you stayed here with us. Besides, you owe me a GED certificate for my present. You got it, right?

Anyway, I'm all done with my shopping. I don't know where Amy hid my presents this time. She knows I can't wait. Where haven't I looked yet . . .

Olivia Harper said...

The attic? Under the bed? Perhaps in a cellar - if you have one?

Where would you be least likely to look, Robert? Look there first. *wink* Just a thought.

Devi Marconi said...

Oh, I have plenty of holiday "oops" memories. The biggest, of course, is the time I went missing in the caves of southern Kentucky during Thanksgiving of '49... which led to my skipping Christmas with my family. But the traditions of Ruby Hollow far outshined my own family's holiday ritual, so perhaps, it was an "oops" I can live with.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Jesse Littleton said...

It's certainly an "oops" I can live with.

Devi Marconi said...

*blushes*

Candy said...

One big oops i remember was one Christmas when Mum put the turkey on the table and went to call us all in from around the fire.In her absence, Jacob, the dog, grabbed the big bird and in the blink of an eye was gone. Jerry, the cockatoo, jumped out of his cage and hopped down for goodies (little cannibal) but in his gluttony drowned in the juices. When family and guests arrived for the feast all they found was one small green bird lying, feet up, where a turkey should have been.
Later that night the remains of the turkey were found. Remember the horse's head in The Godfather?! Didn't know men could scream before then!

Calvin Mertz said...

Oh Candy; how terrible (terribly funny).

I remember being 13, and Daryl and I decided to try the Christmas eggnog. The real stuff, not what they pass off to us kids.

We stole the bowel - my Aunt Gerti's favorite - and managed to get it out of the kitchen without anyone noticing. Out the back door, across the yard, away we ran. Laughing and congratulating ourselves. Daryl spilled half of it down his shirt before we found a place to hide out in the orchards.

The I tripped over a hoe or shovel, or something. It slapped me in the head and I landed on Daryl, and the egg nog went flying one way and Daryl the other.

You'd think that lead crystal could hold up to one piece of walnut. Ah well; we escaped a beating because of the knot on my head.

Maybe that's why I'm not hot on egg nog.