I Dare You To Have A Different Opinion Than Me
Posted on December 13th, 2010 in Are You Gonna Eat That?, Made In Alberta, Three's Company
I’ve finally decided to acknowledge that it’s almost Christmas.
My denial of the season comes not from my usual distaste for the entire over-commercialized mess that is December, but from the fact that I have been utterly and completely distracted by matters completely unrelated to the holidays.
Fortunately, even though I didn’t feel the least bit “Christmas-sy” until yesterday, I still managed to get almost all of my Christmas shopping done. I only have a couple of items left to pick up, and I will be officially finished, without any of that yucky panic that kicks in around December 22nd. I’m done all of the major items, and have only a number of stocking stuffers to fetch, and not due to procrastination on my part, but rather lack of a convenient time to do so.
Over the weekend Aiden and I made a quick dash to Edmonton to visit his brother and sister-in-law, and to drop off their gifts. They are unable to join us for Christmas day this year due to work schedules and so we wanted to see them before the month was out and available weekends were slim. We returned on Saturday afternoon, so that I could make it to my pole dancing class, which was difficult but fun.
On Sunday we put up the tree, listened to Christmas songs, and played board games as a family until it was time for bed. I put together a bunch of appies and snack food and we all sat around the kitchen table playing Monopoly and Munchkin, and laughing and talking. It was really wonderful. I’m totally enjoying the stress-free holidays.
This week we have Christmas pageants to attend and gifts to get wrapped, but there seems to be no hurry to any of it. I plan to do some baking, and give some as gifts, and send some to work with the guys. On Christmas Eve there will be games and snacks and watching of favorite holiday movies. We are having a small, quiet family Christmas Day, probably just the five of us. We will have a big, fancy brunch after we open gifts, and then spend the afternoon playing with all of our new treasures and being together. There will be turkey and wine and more food that we can possibly eat.
We plan to go to my parents house on Boxing Day, stay overnight, drop the kids off with Jack’s parents, and then come home and begin the wind-up for NYE. We are hosting a luau party and hope to have many of our friends attend. I haven’t hosted a big house party in ages, so I am really looking forward to going all-out and throwing a fantastic soiree! I’m going to have a chocolate fountain with tons of fruit, coconut shrimp with pina colada dipping sauce, a dry-ice volcano, and some traditional Hawaiian luau foods. Everyone has been asked to wear Hawaiian attire, and we are working on some games and other entertainment to go with the theme. It’s going to be great.
I’m feeling so pleased about Christmas this year. It’s going to be a really nice, laid-back, and relaxing one. I’ve had enough stress for one year, so I’m happy that 2010 is going out on such a good note.