I Hear It’s The Holiday Season?

My extended family is a mix of everything (we’re all mutts!) so I’ve come to love all winter holidays.

We celebrate Christmas at my house, but if someone doesn’t stop by with latkes, tamales …

And/or wish me a happy Kwanzaa this time of year –

Well, it just doesn’t feel right.

Winter in Laguna Beach.

A lot has been, and will be, going on at the Twenty Four At Heart household this holiday season.

Yesterday, after PT, my brain began to emerge from the fog of the past few pain-filled weeks.

This is a look at some of the chaos going on in my personal life right now:

My youngest son, PR, is on winter break from high school for the next two weeks.  He likes to “make music.”

A lot.

And loudly.

He’s pretty good too, but did I mention LOUDLY?

My oldest son, RC,  is currently spending a week with Pretty’s family.

Remember Pretty?

She’s still (very) pretty.  Life is funny sometimes – the way it draws people together.

RC flies home tomorrow and he’ll be here for three weeks.  The minute he arrives our house will be flooded with all his friends.  They all “lived” at out our house while growing up too.  It’s like I gave birth to one kid, but got ten.  They’re a package deal.  (And they’re packaged at my house!)  Most of them are now over six feet tall.  They squish me with monster bear hugs, then hunt around in my pantry to see what I’ve bought to feed them.

TR also arrives home mid-week.  She’s moving back to California and will be living with us until she rents her own apartment.  She already has a job secured in Los Angeles.  And yes, it IS entertainment-industry related.  (Isn’t every job in Los Angeles?)  Orange County to L.A. is a nasty commute.  I’m sure she’ll get an apartment in record time to avoid hours upon hours of commuting.  (It will be SO nice to have her back in California.)

Briefcase has always traveled a lot, but I’ve barely seen him the last four months.  There have been Big.Business.Things going on with his company.  He’s taking a few days off around Christmas.  I might die from the shock of having everyone in my immediate family home at the same time.

I’ve been forced to take a lot of shortcuts with holiday-related things this year due to my Trip To Hell in recent weeks.

I’m not sending out a single greeting card this year.

I have way fewer outdoor and indoor holiday decorations up.  Briefcase even hung the stockings this year.  (He hung them backwards, but it’s the first time he’s hung them ever.)

I’m not doing any baking.  (I imagine my kids will, because they like to.)

Each of my three kids is being (or already has been) given a small “clothes budget.”  It’s a Christmas gift, but to be spent only on clothes (which they’re old enough to pick out for themselves).  This is an attempt to save my arm from hours of additional shopping.  It also provides guaranteed benefits – what they pick out they’ll like, will fit, and won’t need to be exchanged.  It might not be as “fun” as waking up Christmas morning to discover I bought them a purple polka dot sweater – but this year, it will have to do.  (They’ll get some non-clothes gifts too.  I’m not making them buy themselves every gift.)

I’ve cut way back on WHO is getting gifts this year, and also the number of gifts people will be getting.  (Sorry if you got dropped off the list – I’ve been busy with my Trip to Hell.)

I’ve ordered a prime rib to cook for Christmas dinner – but I’ve not yet given the side dishes a thought.

I’ll cook a turkey too, sometime in the days following Christmas.  (They’re great to fix when there are a lot of people in the house … leftovers!)

Oh, at some point in the next ten days I also have to get a car since the lease is up on my current one.

Just for fun,

I’m squeezing in several PT appointments as fast as New PT can book them.

They really aren’t optional in my current state.


I don’t have enough going on ….

P.S.  Scratch my comment about the car.  Briefcase just came home with a car he bought me for Christmas.  I’m pretty sure it’s smarter than I am.  Wow!!

14 Responses to “I Hear It’s The Holiday Season?”

  1. Michelle

    WOW indeed. One more thing you don’t have to do. 🙂 I’m sure Briefcase had fun picking it out for you, and you’ll have fun learning what everything does.

    Have a great Christmas full of fun, family and great memories.

  2. Jan's Sushi Bar

    Oh, how cool! Good for Briefcase!

    I’m glad to hear that you’re slowing down a bit, and getting that PT in; it can only do you good!

    I’m weeping over the thought of Christmas tamales; it’s been years. I may have to break down and make some myself (as a HUGE indulgence, of course).

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Yes, my new PT is quite sure he’s good for me! : )

      Tamales are a treat this time of year … I was recently gifted some chicken tamales and … yum! : )

  3. yvonne nc

    Wow! Just like a commercial! I slowed down Christmas several years back. Just. couldn’t. do. it. And I’ve never looked back. So much more enjoyable. Just enjoy having your all your family around.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      It didn’t have a gigantic red bow it … but otherwise, yes!

      Yes, it’s hard to let go of some things but if the outcome means a more enjoyable holiday then it’s the right thing to do.

  4. Suzanne

    yeah! One less thing off your Christmas list and I am sure your husband enjoyed “shopping” for it. I quit sending Christmas cards years ago. I don’t miss it nor the long lines at the post office. As to side dishes, I am sure everyone can kick in and the group effort will be awesome. Just take care of yourself! That is all that matters.
    Merry Christmas from one Suzanne to the other!

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you – Merry Christmas to you too.
      Yes, I’m realizing it’s okay to let go a little. (Kind of a hard thing for me – but I’m gradually getting it!)

  5. Karen in East Texas

    Congrats on the new car!

    It’s good to hear that you are feeling some better. Enjoy family and friends this Christmas and relax if at all possible.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you Karen.
      I am simply amazed at this new treatment so far. It HURTS when he’s doing it, but it (so far) seems to really be benefiting me.

  6. Jane

    He bought you a car?!! Squeal! It sounds so romantic. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better and slowing down with the holiday stuff. Enjoy!

  7. Ginger

    I’m doing much for Christmas, either. I went to Seattle in November on my days off and I just got back from Michigan on my days off this month. My grandson is in Seattle and my granddaughters (yes there are TWO of them now!) are in Michigan. So thrilled was I to be able to make those two trips, that it never occurred to me to wonder when and how I was going to “do” Christmas! So, no cards, very few presents, and a lot of egifts will have to do. Jeff and I are driving to the Keys in January, for our gift to one another, YAY!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, 24, and thank you for letting “us all” be a part of your life!

  8. Jenn in Tenn

    I haven’t had computer access for several days so I’ve missed quite a bit of my blog reading. SO sorry for all your pain issues but hopefully your NEW MAN will get with the program and get you back on the road and pain free (or at least lesser pain!) How exciting for the new car! You’ll have to share pics of that too! You’ll have to pick a blog name for her too!
    Glad you’re working on getting better again…Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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