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So. Much. To. Do.

Cooling my heels here at work, but I have to be here for another hour and a half. I have to go to the grocery store, get ingredients, and bake chipotle-cheddar cornbread for work tomorrow. While that smoky, cheesy goodness is baking in the cast iron skillet, I need to wrap packages. Really, if I had to pick one thing I dread about Christmas, it would be wrapping things. I am just terrible at it.

On that lovely humbuggy note, what do you dislike most about Christmas? C'mon, I'll commiserate. :)


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Dec. 21st, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
1) The fact that my husband is working until 11 or 12 every night and most of Christmas stuff has fallen on my shoulders, making it work instead of fun. Anyone who puts a deadline in January should be buried with a stake of holly in his heart.

2) My mother, queen of guilt, who is Jewish now but still manages to make me feel bad about her not seeing Fiona on Christmas (her choice, as she doesn't want to come over because Dad will be here...)
Dec. 21st, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, Mur, I am so sorry to hear that! Even though I know the wee one is there, not having him to share it with must make it sort of lonely. And I agree: it's just wrong for them to set crunch time right around the holidays. I know he'd rather be with you than there.

Your mother is being illogical, but you know this. The trick now is not to let her irrational feelings color your attitude. I know it's -much- easier said than done (remember, I have a Catholic mother).

Mucho hugs -- if it cheers you at all, flip on the Food Network while you do stuff? Alton might come on . . . (yes, I listened to your podcast on him). :)

*warm hugs*
Dec. 21st, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
and the first time I read this I swear I thought you were making chocolate chip cornbread...

I'm not getting a lot of sleep either...
Dec. 21st, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC)
I could go with you on the chipotle chocolate, maybe -- sort of a sweet hot combo -- but I'm not sure how the cheese would work in with that. :)

May your head soon find a soft pillow in a place without risk of interruption, and may you have lovely dreams. *smiles*
Dec. 21st, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hate most about Christmas: Last-minute panic about presents-shopping! I do this every year. I like the shopping, I don't like the pressure. Every year I swear that the next year I won't procrastinate, ah well. Speaking of which, I have 12 people I need to do shopping for, including for my sweetie.

RE: wrapping. Have you considered bags? You can just buy nice bags and throw stuff into them. They even have really big ones for irregular shapes.
Dec. 21st, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
I just feel like I'm cheating if I do too many bags. *blush* Like I'm announcing my incompetence with folding paper to the world. Thank God I was never required to do origami in my high school art class: I would have flunked for sure.

Last minute shopping is almost unavoidable. I planned bee-youtifully this year, and still had my nice schedule messed up by my sister, who was very late with her Xmas list to me, and thus widged up my plans to do all my shopping online. She apologized, but that didn't keep me from standing in line at Best Buy last night silently cursing. :)

And you have an excuse - you've just moved. You're still disrupted by that. (I will be glad to help you rationalize -- I promised dispensation of commiseration.) :) :) :)
Dec. 21st, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
I hate having to plan everything weeks in advance, since I have to mail cards and packages to folks in Singapore. It's far easier to panic on the same schedule with everyone else around me, so usually, I end up being late.
Dec. 22nd, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
The thundering pronouncements of doom from semi-literate newscasters about how consumer spending is down 0.6% off last year's Christmas spending, and as such the economy is going to be swallowed whole by a giant rabid porcupine. I have nothing against Christmas - after all, some of my best friends are Christian - but when the giving of presents crossed the line between "nice thing to do for people you care about" and "mandatory consumption lest the economy falter and be dragged down by wolves" I suddenly got a flash of empathy for Scrooge.
Dec. 22nd, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
Even as the child of a retailer, I can wholly agree with this sentiment. Even without the supposed economic apocalypse some are pronouncing, Christmas can produce some awkwardness over presents. There's a certain amount of awkward resentment produced sometimes by giving a gift one feels obligated to gift -- it becomes quid pro quo, rather than a sincere gesture; a monetary trade in kind, rather than a warm expression of caring. It's not always like that, but there are those circumstances (particularly with Christmas on the job and Secret Santa and such) that diminish the concept of Christmas just a bit, IMHO.
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