Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus is tired tonight. She's had a long day shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, laundering and adding those all-important final touches. Her in-laws' sleigh lands tonight, so she wants the North Pole to look just right. And the elves have not been so helpful.

While Santa gets the glory for all the big-ticket items, Mrs. C. sometimes feels picked on. Does anyone notice she has a big ole stingin' paper cut right between her thumb and index finger? Christmas card casualty. Does anyone care that all the teachers/coaches/bus drivers/neighbors have been remembered? With big jaunty bows and matching gift tags! Does anyone realize that all this Christmas magic has been generated by the Claus without the whiskers?! Ho Ho No.

This post is dedicated to all you Mrs. Claus-types out there. You, the unpaid masses, laboring in kitchens and classroom parties and dollar stores everywhere. You, who do your regular-every-day stuff and then tuck your children into bed so you can start in on the "holiday shift". You, who realize that Christmas is actually another full time job from Thanksgiving til New Year's Day. (Which, unfortunately happen to also be the shortest days of the year!) I salute you all.

Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus. But there is also a Mrs. Claus. And tonight she's very tired...

13 comments:

Marty said...

I KNOW!! This is exactly how I feel right now. I think it's a tradition.

Bridget said...

What a great tribute! I think I'll pat myself on the back right now. After a day of doing all that with two sick kids home from school and trying to get ready to leave bright and early tomorrow morning for Utah, I guess I deserve it.

Sounds like you REALLY do too!

Paige said...

Santa comes to our house tonight! after that Mrs. Claus gets to pack up the entire family for a cold vacation to see a near-dead great grandma. Mrs. claus may miss the plane.

mama jo said...

just had the 5 days to christmas meltdown...hang in there...

Annie said...

Yes, exactly how I'm feeling. Plus the to-do list is still calling!

Sending good wishes to all the Mrs. Clauses out there...

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

Yes, THANK YOU! Somebody finally said it. We deserve all the credit.

the hogan's said...

so true. even though i dont have kids yet, i know how feel.

lainakay said...

Amen, amen, aaaaaammmmmeeeennnn! Merry Christmas to a fellow Mrs. Claus!!

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

I totally second this! I was just complaining last night about my night shift. It's sooo hard, but sooo worth it. Besides, I know Mr. Claus couldn't do it like me so I'd rather do it myself.

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

p.s. I got your Christmas card! LOVED IT! Your kids are gorgeous.
I ran out of mine. I'm sorry you won't have another Utah tack to add to your map. Ah, maybe next year.

Jessica said...

Mrs. C, your card made my day.

And hopefully Mrs C. will soak up all the reward for her work on Christmas morning, right before her big nap.

This morning, at our house, Mrs. C and Santa got into a teeny fight about the money it takes to put Christmas on. Santa could do it cheaper, but NOT as nicely.

Lisa-Marie said...

Amen Sista! Amen.

But would you ever give up the job?!?! Me neither!

katie alanos said...

Christmas just seems to come magically to the 4 boys (ages 7 to 14) and the husband in this house. How did it happen? Trees magically appear, presents magically get wrapped, cookies magically appear... thank you for your post, I loved reading it... and I too have an in-law coming the day after Christmas... so I hear you!!

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