Holiday Stress? Who me?

I knew it was coming.  All over the Internet there are posts from women freaking out about their "To-Do" lists for the holidays.  I wonder why I don't see anything out there from men about their holiday stress?  I wouldn't want to be sexist or anything, but could it be because the vast majority of holiday tasks fall to women?  

I know of two women who say their husbands help with gift shopping.  Two.  Out of all the women I've ever met in my entire life.  Two.

After a few centuries of being married, Briefcase has exactly three holiday responsibilities I've managed to coax him into.  They are:

1.  Put the outdoor lights on the house.
2.  Put the lights on our Christmas tree.
3.  Show up on Christmas.

We used to have a huge indoor-outdoor holiday party every year.  By huge, I mean we'd have around 150 guests.  For one or two years we went small, but it wasn't as much fun. The big parties were a blast.  We stopped completely after my car accident.  The party was a lot of work and I was the one who had to do it all.  The good thing about throwing a big party was it forced me to be very, very organized.  One year guests brought us these as a housewarming gift:

Santa

Every year we pull them out of our teeny, tiny attic and put them by our front door. (And yes, I do have a brick floor in my house.  And yes, it's real brick … brick is kid proof.

Last Friday I walked into our local Target store to buy a gift for a 14 year old boy.  PR had a birthday party to attend.  As I walked through the store I thought I might have the very first panic attack of my life.  I'd spent the week feverish on the couch.  The rest of the world was out accomplishing holiday tasks.  Target screamed, "Christmas!" every where I turned.  I had visions of my kids waking up Christmas morning without a single present.  That still might happen. 

What holiday tasks have I accomplished? 

Um, Santa and Reindeer are by the front door – does that count? 

See this bag?

Cards

There are Christmas cards in that bag.  (And generic "Happy Holiday" cards for our friends who don't celebrate Christmas.)  There are probably 200 cards waiting to be addressed.  I don't think I'm going to get a single one sent out this year.  So, for all my friends who read Twenty Four Heart … hey, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, okay?

Now take a look at these boxes:

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These boxes hold the decorations just for our tree.  I have a zillion more boxes.  I have boxes of indoor and outdoor decorations.  I have garland for our stairs and fireplace, candles, and all sorts of other pretty stuff.  That big party we used to have?  It meant I would decorate to the hilt.  I have a lot of holiday decorations.  I stare at those boxes every time I walk in or out of our house.  I'm thinking they make pretty nice decorations just as they are.  What do you think?  I could put a candle on top of each box and just go with it.

Last Friday night our tree got delivered.  We have a high vaulted ceiling in our living room so we like to get a tall tree.  They aren't very easy to find around here (they don't grow at the beach!) and they're next to impossible to transport.  Our trees are usually about 12-13 feet tall.  Here's a picture of the nice delivery men who came last Friday:

Tree

If we ever get the tree decorated I'll show you an "after" picture, okay?  I'm thinking it looks pretty good just as it is with the plastic picnic tablecloth underneath it.  Maybe I could just ask these two guys to stand by the tree every day?  The guy on the right is kind of cute even if I'm not partial to beards.

I'd tell you about all the shopping I did last weekend, but I didn't do any.  Most of our relatives are out of state which means we have to mail gifts.  That is, if I ever get around to buying those gifts, wrapping them, packaging them to be mailed, and making a trip to the post office.

So, um, yeah …. I've got some things to do over the next two and a half weeks.  Did I just say two and a half weeks?  

66 Responses to “Holiday Stress? Who me?”

  1. alntv

    I know my wife does a bulk of the shopping, but I went to Toys R Us and got a bunch of the toys that I knew my son would want. So…some guys DO go shoppin’!

  2. alntv

    I know my wife does a bulk of the shopping, but I went to Toys R Us and got a bunch of the toys that I knew my son would want. So…some guys DO go shoppin’!

  3. alntv

    I know my wife does a bulk of the shopping, but I went to Toys R Us and got a bunch of the toys that I knew my son would want. So…some guys DO go shoppin’!

  4. Jan

    Beloved only shops if I start frothing at the mouth and threaten to shoot him. However, that being said, I had to go to the office on Saturday and when I got home, the lights were on the house and the formal tree was up, if not decorated. We decorated it after we put up the tree in the family room later that evening (yes, we have two trees, gawd help me). That one is *mostly* decorated now. Some of the other decorations are up in the house. I may even finish in time to post pictures later this week.
    Maybe.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. Jan

    Beloved only shops if I start frothing at the mouth and threaten to shoot him. However, that being said, I had to go to the office on Saturday and when I got home, the lights were on the house and the formal tree was up, if not decorated. We decorated it after we put up the tree in the family room later that evening (yes, we have two trees, gawd help me). That one is *mostly* decorated now. Some of the other decorations are up in the house. I may even finish in time to post pictures later this week.
    Maybe.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Jan

    Beloved only shops if I start frothing at the mouth and threaten to shoot him. However, that being said, I had to go to the office on Saturday and when I got home, the lights were on the house and the formal tree was up, if not decorated. We decorated it after we put up the tree in the family room later that evening (yes, we have two trees, gawd help me). That one is *mostly* decorated now. Some of the other decorations are up in the house. I may even finish in time to post pictures later this week.
    Maybe.
    Merry Christmas!

  7. Hallie

    Buy giftcrads and mail to out of state family. Or buy gifts online and have them shipped directly to them.
    And the tree DOES look great as is.
    Enjoy the next 2 1/2 weeks regardless of how much you get done. You deserve it!!
    Hallie

  8. Hallie

    Buy giftcrads and mail to out of state family. Or buy gifts online and have them shipped directly to them.
    And the tree DOES look great as is.
    Enjoy the next 2 1/2 weeks regardless of how much you get done. You deserve it!!
    Hallie

  9. Hallie

    Buy giftcrads and mail to out of state family. Or buy gifts online and have them shipped directly to them.
    And the tree DOES look great as is.
    Enjoy the next 2 1/2 weeks regardless of how much you get done. You deserve it!!
    Hallie

  10. jo

    This is stress reduction just to write about stress…Well, this weekend, youngest daughter decided to start college away from home in….3 weeks. We have three weeks to prepare for this! Oh, then on the way home from looking at college (I had her drive to get the hang of getting to the college, so we took her car). I decided to drive home because it was snowing. Less than two miles from home, I slid the car on ice into a parked car and it cannot be driven. Luckily, we were not hurt. Nothing happened to the other car, thank goodness and no one was in it. Of course, the car is old and we don’t carry collision on it…we’re looking at more than $1000 out of pocket. Then, went to take clothes out of the dryer this morning and all the clothes were wet! We were going to start working on Christmas this weekend, but instead we were consumed with the wreck and how to get everyone transported. Daughter number one comes home in ten days and will want to drive. I’m in major menopause with horrible time sleeping and horrendous hot flashes! I just want to sit here and cry…maybe I should, then I’ll feel so much better. Oh, no time for that, I have charts on my desk stacked to the ceiling! Ugh!

  11. jo

    This is stress reduction just to write about stress…Well, this weekend, youngest daughter decided to start college away from home in….3 weeks. We have three weeks to prepare for this! Oh, then on the way home from looking at college (I had her drive to get the hang of getting to the college, so we took her car). I decided to drive home because it was snowing. Less than two miles from home, I slid the car on ice into a parked car and it cannot be driven. Luckily, we were not hurt. Nothing happened to the other car, thank goodness and no one was in it. Of course, the car is old and we don’t carry collision on it…we’re looking at more than $1000 out of pocket. Then, went to take clothes out of the dryer this morning and all the clothes were wet! We were going to start working on Christmas this weekend, but instead we were consumed with the wreck and how to get everyone transported. Daughter number one comes home in ten days and will want to drive. I’m in major menopause with horrible time sleeping and horrendous hot flashes! I just want to sit here and cry…maybe I should, then I’ll feel so much better. Oh, no time for that, I have charts on my desk stacked to the ceiling! Ugh!

  12. jo

    This is stress reduction just to write about stress…Well, this weekend, youngest daughter decided to start college away from home in….3 weeks. We have three weeks to prepare for this! Oh, then on the way home from looking at college (I had her drive to get the hang of getting to the college, so we took her car). I decided to drive home because it was snowing. Less than two miles from home, I slid the car on ice into a parked car and it cannot be driven. Luckily, we were not hurt. Nothing happened to the other car, thank goodness and no one was in it. Of course, the car is old and we don’t carry collision on it…we’re looking at more than $1000 out of pocket. Then, went to take clothes out of the dryer this morning and all the clothes were wet! We were going to start working on Christmas this weekend, but instead we were consumed with the wreck and how to get everyone transported. Daughter number one comes home in ten days and will want to drive. I’m in major menopause with horrible time sleeping and horrendous hot flashes! I just want to sit here and cry…maybe I should, then I’ll feel so much better. Oh, no time for that, I have charts on my desk stacked to the ceiling! Ugh!

  13. Donna in VA

    Yeah, I hit full blown out panic mode this past weekend when I realized how fast Christmas was approaching and I had no tree up and only ONE present purchased. And my schedule is already pretty full, so I’m not quite sure when I’m going to be able to squeeze shopping and decorating. **running away screaming**

  14. Donna in VA

    Yeah, I hit full blown out panic mode this past weekend when I realized how fast Christmas was approaching and I had no tree up and only ONE present purchased. And my schedule is already pretty full, so I’m not quite sure when I’m going to be able to squeeze shopping and decorating. **running away screaming**

  15. Donna in VA

    Yeah, I hit full blown out panic mode this past weekend when I realized how fast Christmas was approaching and I had no tree up and only ONE present purchased. And my schedule is already pretty full, so I’m not quite sure when I’m going to be able to squeeze shopping and decorating. **running away screaming**

  16. phhhst

    You know what I found out two years ago, the Christmas that followed six months of chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer? Christmas comes, ready or not. And keeping it simple can mean enjoying it in the purest way.
    Buy gift cards for your out of town relatives and mail them in the cards.
    Make homemade gift certificates to your kids’ favorite malls and put the cards in those boxes you’ve been saving. Wrap them up pretty to and put them under th tree. Then take the family out shopping the days after Christmas when everything is on sale, but the decorations are still up. We did this the last two years and it was a blast, plus it takes so much pressure off gettng stuff bought before.
    For decor, concentrate on the candles.
    Make your family help with the decorating.
    Happy holidays 24! My decorations are nto even out of the rafters.

  17. phhhst

    You know what I found out two years ago, the Christmas that followed six months of chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer? Christmas comes, ready or not. And keeping it simple can mean enjoying it in the purest way.
    Buy gift cards for your out of town relatives and mail them in the cards.
    Make homemade gift certificates to your kids’ favorite malls and put the cards in those boxes you’ve been saving. Wrap them up pretty to and put them under th tree. Then take the family out shopping the days after Christmas when everything is on sale, but the decorations are still up. We did this the last two years and it was a blast, plus it takes so much pressure off gettng stuff bought before.
    For decor, concentrate on the candles.
    Make your family help with the decorating.
    Happy holidays 24! My decorations are nto even out of the rafters.

  18. phhhst

    You know what I found out two years ago, the Christmas that followed six months of chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer? Christmas comes, ready or not. And keeping it simple can mean enjoying it in the purest way.
    Buy gift cards for your out of town relatives and mail them in the cards.
    Make homemade gift certificates to your kids’ favorite malls and put the cards in those boxes you’ve been saving. Wrap them up pretty to and put them under th tree. Then take the family out shopping the days after Christmas when everything is on sale, but the decorations are still up. We did this the last two years and it was a blast, plus it takes so much pressure off gettng stuff bought before.
    For decor, concentrate on the candles.
    Make your family help with the decorating.
    Happy holidays 24! My decorations are nto even out of the rafters.

  19. Linda

    The ELPH does not shop. Not even for his mother. IF he purchases anything it’s online and ususally from Harry & Davids, shipped direct to sister & mom, no wrapping required. My family is on both coasts. Just last year the siblings decided to NOT exchange gifts. Which doesn’t help me much because I still buy for their (7) kids. This year the kids are all teens so it’s cash or gift cards. Whew!
    Try & relax 24. Or start drinking earlier:)

  20. Linda

    The ELPH does not shop. Not even for his mother. IF he purchases anything it’s online and ususally from Harry & Davids, shipped direct to sister & mom, no wrapping required. My family is on both coasts. Just last year the siblings decided to NOT exchange gifts. Which doesn’t help me much because I still buy for their (7) kids. This year the kids are all teens so it’s cash or gift cards. Whew!
    Try & relax 24. Or start drinking earlier:)

  21. Linda

    The ELPH does not shop. Not even for his mother. IF he purchases anything it’s online and ususally from Harry & Davids, shipped direct to sister & mom, no wrapping required. My family is on both coasts. Just last year the siblings decided to NOT exchange gifts. Which doesn’t help me much because I still buy for their (7) kids. This year the kids are all teens so it’s cash or gift cards. Whew!
    Try & relax 24. Or start drinking earlier:)

  22. EricaB

    Having a contest over my way – I would be happy to mail the prize to whichever relative you want to send it to, even sign a card πŸ™‚
    No worries – it will happen (and even if the Christmas cards don’t – WHO CARES?!).

  23. EricaB

    Having a contest over my way – I would be happy to mail the prize to whichever relative you want to send it to, even sign a card πŸ™‚
    No worries – it will happen (and even if the Christmas cards don’t – WHO CARES?!).

  24. EricaB

    Having a contest over my way – I would be happy to mail the prize to whichever relative you want to send it to, even sign a card πŸ™‚
    No worries – it will happen (and even if the Christmas cards don’t – WHO CARES?!).

  25. Helena

    I go to Sweden for Christmas and stay with my parents. My job has always been to decorate the christmas tree. This year my mother tells me that we are not having a tree. Whaaat??!! I feel so inadequate. πŸ™‚

  26. Helena

    I go to Sweden for Christmas and stay with my parents. My job has always been to decorate the christmas tree. This year my mother tells me that we are not having a tree. Whaaat??!! I feel so inadequate. πŸ™‚

  27. Helena

    I go to Sweden for Christmas and stay with my parents. My job has always been to decorate the christmas tree. This year my mother tells me that we are not having a tree. Whaaat??!! I feel so inadequate. πŸ™‚

  28. Smart Mouth Broad

    Oh, I so feel your pain. As you know, I was one of those freak out people. LOL Love the Santa and reindeer. It’s more than I’ve done in the decorating dept and D2 will be home late Friday night and I really want to have it decorated before she gets home. It’s going to take a miracle and a lot of peppermint mochas to get that job done! Good luck with your list too. I kinda like the idea of the bare tree with the guys in front. LOL

  29. Smart Mouth Broad

    Oh, I so feel your pain. As you know, I was one of those freak out people. LOL Love the Santa and reindeer. It’s more than I’ve done in the decorating dept and D2 will be home late Friday night and I really want to have it decorated before she gets home. It’s going to take a miracle and a lot of peppermint mochas to get that job done! Good luck with your list too. I kinda like the idea of the bare tree with the guys in front. LOL

  30. Smart Mouth Broad

    Oh, I so feel your pain. As you know, I was one of those freak out people. LOL Love the Santa and reindeer. It’s more than I’ve done in the decorating dept and D2 will be home late Friday night and I really want to have it decorated before she gets home. It’s going to take a miracle and a lot of peppermint mochas to get that job done! Good luck with your list too. I kinda like the idea of the bare tree with the guys in front. LOL

  31. Kristan Hoffman

    “The guy on the right is kind of cute even if I’m not partial to beards.”
    I was thinking the same thing. πŸ˜‰
    As for the post, I’m in the opposite situation. I was raised by a family of wolves– I mean, last-minute shoppers/planners/everything-ers. So holiday shopping tends to happen the weekend before Xmas. Thanksgiving dinner? We invite people a day or two before. Birthdays? We buy presents the day before, or heck, the day of! Isn’t life so exciting this way?! πŸ˜€

    Andy on the other hand is Mr. Early, and always has his shopping done well ahead of time, his ideas even farther in advance, is taping up the gift wrap while I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving dinner. Actually this year I felt pretty great about being the FIRST to put gifts under our tree (a little plastic thing from Target) until I realized that HE BOUGHT ME A MACBOOK. Yeah, somehow anything I get probably won’t outdo that.
    Anyway, I’m with phhhst — do something simple and let yourself relax. Why be stressed at the holidays? They should be fun for everyone!

  32. Kristan Hoffman

    “The guy on the right is kind of cute even if I’m not partial to beards.”
    I was thinking the same thing. πŸ˜‰
    As for the post, I’m in the opposite situation. I was raised by a family of wolves– I mean, last-minute shoppers/planners/everything-ers. So holiday shopping tends to happen the weekend before Xmas. Thanksgiving dinner? We invite people a day or two before. Birthdays? We buy presents the day before, or heck, the day of! Isn’t life so exciting this way?! πŸ˜€

    Andy on the other hand is Mr. Early, and always has his shopping done well ahead of time, his ideas even farther in advance, is taping up the gift wrap while I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving dinner. Actually this year I felt pretty great about being the FIRST to put gifts under our tree (a little plastic thing from Target) until I realized that HE BOUGHT ME A MACBOOK. Yeah, somehow anything I get probably won’t outdo that.
    Anyway, I’m with phhhst — do something simple and let yourself relax. Why be stressed at the holidays? They should be fun for everyone!

  33. Kristan Hoffman

    “The guy on the right is kind of cute even if I’m not partial to beards.”
    I was thinking the same thing. πŸ˜‰
    As for the post, I’m in the opposite situation. I was raised by a family of wolves– I mean, last-minute shoppers/planners/everything-ers. So holiday shopping tends to happen the weekend before Xmas. Thanksgiving dinner? We invite people a day or two before. Birthdays? We buy presents the day before, or heck, the day of! Isn’t life so exciting this way?! πŸ˜€

    Andy on the other hand is Mr. Early, and always has his shopping done well ahead of time, his ideas even farther in advance, is taping up the gift wrap while I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving dinner. Actually this year I felt pretty great about being the FIRST to put gifts under our tree (a little plastic thing from Target) until I realized that HE BOUGHT ME A MACBOOK. Yeah, somehow anything I get probably won’t outdo that.
    Anyway, I’m with phhhst — do something simple and let yourself relax. Why be stressed at the holidays? They should be fun for everyone!

  34. gina

    don’t stress!!!! christmas is supposed to be happy, only do what you have time for and what you think you will enjoy the most. i think candles on top of the decoration storage bins is a FABULOUS idea πŸ™‚
    p.s im jealous of your brick floor it is gorgeous

  35. gina

    don’t stress!!!! christmas is supposed to be happy, only do what you have time for and what you think you will enjoy the most. i think candles on top of the decoration storage bins is a FABULOUS idea πŸ™‚
    p.s im jealous of your brick floor it is gorgeous

  36. gina

    don’t stress!!!! christmas is supposed to be happy, only do what you have time for and what you think you will enjoy the most. i think candles on top of the decoration storage bins is a FABULOUS idea πŸ™‚
    p.s im jealous of your brick floor it is gorgeous

  37. mama llama

    It does take so much time and energy to prepare for Christmas, doesn’t it? This weekend revived my spirit; I took my children to see the Nutcracker, and my daughter gave her beginner bicycle away to Bicycles for the World, to go to Uganda. We followed up Charity and Arts with some commercialism, of course, but all in a good balance.
    I am doing it this year for me and my children! And it feels so good! This is the first year in a decade I have actually felt this good so early in December. After last week, I needed that. We have so much to be thankful for–namely, Life. That puts things in so much perspective.
    Nice picture of your delivery boys and the tree. I look forward to seeing the decorated final product!
    Be well, 24.

  38. mama llama

    It does take so much time and energy to prepare for Christmas, doesn’t it? This weekend revived my spirit; I took my children to see the Nutcracker, and my daughter gave her beginner bicycle away to Bicycles for the World, to go to Uganda. We followed up Charity and Arts with some commercialism, of course, but all in a good balance.
    I am doing it this year for me and my children! And it feels so good! This is the first year in a decade I have actually felt this good so early in December. After last week, I needed that. We have so much to be thankful for–namely, Life. That puts things in so much perspective.
    Nice picture of your delivery boys and the tree. I look forward to seeing the decorated final product!
    Be well, 24.

  39. mama llama

    It does take so much time and energy to prepare for Christmas, doesn’t it? This weekend revived my spirit; I took my children to see the Nutcracker, and my daughter gave her beginner bicycle away to Bicycles for the World, to go to Uganda. We followed up Charity and Arts with some commercialism, of course, but all in a good balance.
    I am doing it this year for me and my children! And it feels so good! This is the first year in a decade I have actually felt this good so early in December. After last week, I needed that. We have so much to be thankful for–namely, Life. That puts things in so much perspective.
    Nice picture of your delivery boys and the tree. I look forward to seeing the decorated final product!
    Be well, 24.

  40. Sarah

    Ughhh I feel your pain. I went downstairs to bring up the Christmas tree last night and remembered shortly after I got down there that I threw the thing away after last Christmas, fully intedning to buy a new one before now. Oops. I need a real Santa Clause

  41. Sarah

    Ughhh I feel your pain. I went downstairs to bring up the Christmas tree last night and remembered shortly after I got down there that I threw the thing away after last Christmas, fully intedning to buy a new one before now. Oops. I need a real Santa Clause

  42. Sarah

    Ughhh I feel your pain. I went downstairs to bring up the Christmas tree last night and remembered shortly after I got down there that I threw the thing away after last Christmas, fully intedning to buy a new one before now. Oops. I need a real Santa Clause

  43. sometimessophia

    SeΓ±or helps, especially with the Yankee swap gifts. He’s the best. And btw you have a gorgeous tree.
    Hot chocolate with Baileys is the best stress reducer…

  44. sometimessophia

    SeΓ±or helps, especially with the Yankee swap gifts. He’s the best. And btw you have a gorgeous tree.
    Hot chocolate with Baileys is the best stress reducer…

  45. sometimessophia

    SeΓ±or helps, especially with the Yankee swap gifts. He’s the best. And btw you have a gorgeous tree.
    Hot chocolate with Baileys is the best stress reducer…

  46. Sandra

    At least you have a tree. We don’t even have that yet.
    Can you get your kids to decorate or is that a scary thought?
    As for shopping, I shop for the women and Todd shops for the men. He also likes to buy things for our girls.

  47. Sandra

    At least you have a tree. We don’t even have that yet.
    Can you get your kids to decorate or is that a scary thought?
    As for shopping, I shop for the women and Todd shops for the men. He also likes to buy things for our girls.

  48. Sandra

    At least you have a tree. We don’t even have that yet.
    Can you get your kids to decorate or is that a scary thought?
    As for shopping, I shop for the women and Todd shops for the men. He also likes to buy things for our girls.

  49. ByJane

    See, there’s a benefit to being Jewish. I can just say–pish posh! that’s YOUR holiday, not mine. Okay, I’m not really being that bahhumbug. I’ve got my wreath on the door, some lights on the front shrubs and my mini feather and tinsel trees are out. As for cards, I’m still working on the holiday cards I bought two years ago…and the stationery I got last year. Working=thinking about, but probably won’t do anything about.

  50. ByJane

    See, there’s a benefit to being Jewish. I can just say–pish posh! that’s YOUR holiday, not mine. Okay, I’m not really being that bahhumbug. I’ve got my wreath on the door, some lights on the front shrubs and my mini feather and tinsel trees are out. As for cards, I’m still working on the holiday cards I bought two years ago…and the stationery I got last year. Working=thinking about, but probably won’t do anything about.

  51. ByJane

    See, there’s a benefit to being Jewish. I can just say–pish posh! that’s YOUR holiday, not mine. Okay, I’m not really being that bahhumbug. I’ve got my wreath on the door, some lights on the front shrubs and my mini feather and tinsel trees are out. As for cards, I’m still working on the holiday cards I bought two years ago…and the stationery I got last year. Working=thinking about, but probably won’t do anything about.

  52. Jason

    I stopped being “in charge” of Christmas a few years ago, because Giancarlo and I used to clash over which was the right way to do it, when to do it, etc. Now I just try to lay low and let everyone else be in charge, even if I wouldn’t do it that way if it were up to me.
    It’s much better than stressing myself out and getting into holiday fights! They’re the worst.

  53. Jason

    I stopped being “in charge” of Christmas a few years ago, because Giancarlo and I used to clash over which was the right way to do it, when to do it, etc. Now I just try to lay low and let everyone else be in charge, even if I wouldn’t do it that way if it were up to me.
    It’s much better than stressing myself out and getting into holiday fights! They’re the worst.

  54. Jason

    I stopped being “in charge” of Christmas a few years ago, because Giancarlo and I used to clash over which was the right way to do it, when to do it, etc. Now I just try to lay low and let everyone else be in charge, even if I wouldn’t do it that way if it were up to me.
    It’s much better than stressing myself out and getting into holiday fights! They’re the worst.

  55. MLS

    My husband shops and he’s a great shopper so with Alan, now you know 4 that shop. I have no decorations out and decided a few years ago that Christmas was NOT about decorations so who cares if I don’t do it. We’ll probably put the giant wreath up on the windmill and get out our little barbed wire tree and that’s probably it.

  56. MLS

    My husband shops and he’s a great shopper so with Alan, now you know 4 that shop. I have no decorations out and decided a few years ago that Christmas was NOT about decorations so who cares if I don’t do it. We’ll probably put the giant wreath up on the windmill and get out our little barbed wire tree and that’s probably it.

  57. MLS

    My husband shops and he’s a great shopper so with Alan, now you know 4 that shop. I have no decorations out and decided a few years ago that Christmas was NOT about decorations so who cares if I don’t do it. We’ll probably put the giant wreath up on the windmill and get out our little barbed wire tree and that’s probably it.

  58. thistle

    hmmm…i won’t be starting my shopping until sometime next week…i’ve never understood how people can be organized enough to get everything done early…just don’t have those kind of organizational skills i guess…
    and the candles on the storage boxes in fact does sound like some of the decorating i’ve done in Xmas past…btw, does vacuuming count as decorating? cos i ‘usually’ manage to get that done the night before…

  59. thistle

    hmmm…i won’t be starting my shopping until sometime next week…i’ve never understood how people can be organized enough to get everything done early…just don’t have those kind of organizational skills i guess…
    and the candles on the storage boxes in fact does sound like some of the decorating i’ve done in Xmas past…btw, does vacuuming count as decorating? cos i ‘usually’ manage to get that done the night before…

  60. thistle

    hmmm…i won’t be starting my shopping until sometime next week…i’ve never understood how people can be organized enough to get everything done early…just don’t have those kind of organizational skills i guess…
    and the candles on the storage boxes in fact does sound like some of the decorating i’ve done in Xmas past…btw, does vacuuming count as decorating? cos i ‘usually’ manage to get that done the night before…

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