Wednesday, December 2, 2009

And We're Off...

The Sleigh Race--Currier & Ives

I always feel, the first week of December, that I am coming out of the starting gate to compete in some twenty-five day steeplechase. I don't know why. It's not like there's some great prize for the first one with lights strung or tree decorated or cards stamped.

And the obstacles on the course are self-made. Really. No one else in my family cares whether the ribbons on the banister garland are spaced evenly. Or if the nutcracker collection looks balanced on the mantlepiece. But these simple obsessions are pleasurable in their way and my little elves indulge me.

This year, the decorating plan was going to be Christmas Lite. Since we're flying south for the festivities, I had promised to leave the baubles in the basement. But ladies, you know, there is no greater motivation to pull out all the holiday stops than 65 of your closest friends coming over on Thursday for the Relief Society Progressive Dinner.

Needless to say it looks like an evergreen explosion around here. But I love it.

Now we are in full jingle at our house. The wreath is hung. The tree is lit. And seasonal music is blasting every chance we get. (Celine Dion and I sang a lovely duet--O Come All Ye Faithful--on the way to the dollar store today. Too bad you missed it.)

Am now looking forward to Christmas cards, candy making, cookie exchanges and collapsing in a heap on my in-laws' driveway December 22nd.
**If you want to see what my house looks like, click here. Add two years' worth of aging to everyone (except me, of course) and you will get the general idea.
**Coming Soon: The Carbface Report

15 comments:

Sherry said...

Your house is Christmas-y even without all the decorations! I love it!

Christie said...

Your house is always fabulous - no matter the season. I wish I'd been there to hear you and Celine. I'd have paid money even.

Melissa Walker said...

The first week of December is always craziest! We all plan for early celebrations thinking everyone gets busy later, but really, it's the first week! Hope you have a wonderful season with your cute family!

♥Shally said...

Things have been so crazy that all my Christmas stuff is still in bins. :(

the wrath of khandrea said...

christmas music and decorations haven't called to me yet. they're still on summer vacation. we'll see when they decide to make an appearance.

Cathy said...

totally agree!

brooke said...

Nothing like a progressive dinner to light the fire underneath you to get your decorating done. I wish I could have heard your duet with Celine!

Annemarie said...

I get it. It stresses me out to get Christmas up, but I LOVE it once it's finished!
Have fun with your dinner party...wish I was one of the lucky guests!

Travelin'Oma said...

I hauled out the holly today, too. Once it's done, it's wonderful.

Lauren in GA said...

I agree...nobody cares if the decorations look, "balanced" or "spaced evenly" but for some reason I obsess...

Aw...I really am sorry I missed you and Celine.

I loved the link. That was before we, "met".

diane said...

My husband is having his scouts and their moms over on Saturday night for appetizers before going to a play. I'm in a Christmas panic. The tree is up but undecorated. The halls are not decked. I might deck my husband.

Amanda D said...

I'm the same way come December. Good luck getting it all sorted out, and enjoy your dinner!

Linsey said...

The benefit of traveling for Christmas is that you feel no pressure to be the perfect hostess. We have done this many times now, and I'm a big fan.

crystal said...

Alright, you're in trouble. I want current photos! But I suppose I'll forgive you for the 2-yr old photos if you will post a little peek of your duet with Celine.

C'mon.

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