I'm almost ready for Christmas and so far, I'm feeling pretty relaxed about it.
I still have to deal with the kitchen stuff. Stuff like making a menu and baking plan plus the grocery list... But the gifts are bought and wrapped. And 800 of 3,000 lights we put on the tree are still working. I'm embracing the dark areas and calling them artistic whirls. If the strands continue to die, I'm going to go buy a spot light and shine it up into the tree. I am NOT taking all the decorations off to fix the lighting! Nope! No way!
Hayden looks like she's contemplating doing something naughty. She can't talk yet, but she looks like she's thinking, "Hold my beer."
And no, that wasn't one of my three things for Three on Thursday. I just didn't have a photo for #2 and well, I can't resist photos of Hayden.
My Christmas shopping got cut short this year, and I am Not complaining! It's tradition to give my kids wall calendars every year. I always got one - I don't remember ever not getting one a single year until my mom passed. I may be weird, but I have the fondest memories of laying under the Christmas tree with colored pens filling in everyone's birthdays after I'd opened all my gifts. I have carried the tradition on with my own kids, although they were never interested in laying under the tree with colored pens on Christmas morning.
This year, they both admitted that they didn't really want a wall calendar. Oh, sweet relief! It's unbelievably difficult to find ones that they would be interested in, not to mention the cost of the interesting ones.
It's funny how relieved I am at not having to search for $30 dollar sports team calendars, yet I'm also sad about it too. It just doesn't feel 'right' not to have calendars under the tree.
I bought myself some candy cane flavored Chapstick, but when I opened it, the entire candy cane striped wrapper came off. So I washi taped it.
So, here's to hoping you too are feeling a sense of calm with your holiday preparations and you've got the "Ehh, whatever" attitude rather than a sense of panic when things go wrong.
I hope you'll join me for today's Three on Thursday link up.