The question is: "So tell me how much decorating do you do?" or put better by RHOK star Mrs. Edwards..."Are you an early bird or late to the party? Do you have a traditional day that things get put up or are you just a go-with-the-flow kind of person?"
I am not a holiday kinda gal. I like holidays simple and quiet. Why? Well I was raised in a large family. Granny M (aka my mom) loved the holidays. She decorated everything and in every room. Me being the baby of the family...saw this year after year after year. The day after Thanksgiving til right after New Years Eve it was Christmas in our house. And that took lots of work to get done. All the boxes, decorations being put up, cleaning as you go....til finally after 12 or more hours of hard labor you had all the razzle dazzle of the holiday. The only thing was it did not make me feel happy or joyful or even excited. It made me feel tired and dreading the putting up of all of the decorations.
Also large holidays in large families means large meals. Expensive time consuming meals. Thanksgiving this year had 20 people at the tables. A whole 12 hours of non stop cooking by College Girl and I. And tons of preparing, cleaning, setting up and tearing down. All for a meal that I did not get to visit with 1/3 of the people very well. I love my family and extended family very much. But gosh, in mass it is overwhelming. Am I the only person like this? Maybe having only had one child and a ex hubby who worked every holiday spoiled me too. With me and my now College Girl we could have holidays as our special time for just us. Eating finger foods that we normally did not get to have. Watching movies while painting our nails and toes. Wonderful afternoon naps cuddled together like a mommy and daughter can enjoy. Enjoying an afternoon walk with the dogs while we talked about the ideas floating in our head. Just 'us' time.
This year Dear Hubby is having another foot surgery at the beginning of December. I have informed all the family....no big meal here. No big holiday thing here. No big celebration here. This will be a calm quiet home while he is recuperating. He will be laid up for 3 to 4 weeks healing. If folks wanna bring a dessert and have coffee and visit. Great! If friends wanna share a drink and play some Wii or watch a movie...fantastic. But if you want me to bust my ass to fix you a big ol meal while your sitting on yours.....no way....this mom is taking her time out. And going to enjoy the peace and quiet with her husband.
I guess this is not what most people expected....dang it.....I love the idea of Christmas. Just want a quiet one this time around. How do you feel?
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