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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Better Get A Tree

I'm thinking out loud again about all that still has to be done before my house fills with 25-(always room for more), guests this weekend. Those of you who have been following me, know that this will be our family Christmas weekend.


Monday, I had a little helper making fudge, hanging some inside lights and singing Christmas Carols. Ben is 3 and ever so anxious to be the best helper he can be. He also is checking the windows constantly to see if he can spot Santa's Elves keeping an eye on him to see if he is being naughty or nice. Due to going a bit over-board on the weekend, Grandma needed a rest so besides testing the fudge we had just made and admiring and counting the lights all day, we read lots of Christmas stories and played trains and race cars.

Today started up at 5 a.m. with DH, packed him a lunch and chatted a bit before he headed off to work. He went without his usual breakfast, dying for a sip of my coffee, poor guy, but had to wait until his fasting blood draw was over at the annual check-up for work.
Mom pulled in around 8 and off we went to pick up her sister, my dear Aunt. They needed a driver for the day and I gladly took over. An hour later we shopped a bit, spent lots of time having more annual tests run, and home again. Ya know how one test runs into the next, well it took up our day. We all agreed that we were just too tired to finish our shopping. Back home by 7 and tuckered out, but we sure had a lot of grins and giggles amidst 3 hrs. on the road.

So, being a one vehicle couple, tomorrow I will take Bill to work so I can pick up Mom again. We are going to pick out our Christmas trees. That is always a highlight of Dec. for me. You have to know my mother to realize what an adventure that can be. Details after the fact. Does this also mean that I have to decorate that tree? I still cannot imagine how Mom ever did it, for it was Christmas EVE before the tree was ever put up, decorated and ready with gifts for each of us 9 kids AFTER we all were tucked into bed and dreaming of sugar plums. She surely had angels helping her., all to make a perfect Christmas Morning for us. Read more about it on CherShots, my sisters blog.

There also are cookies to bake, appetizers, and gifts for 11 Grandloves to get, wrap and seal with love, game gifts to get, and oh, a pickle gift. I cannot forget the pickle gift. My Grandloves would be devastated if Grandma forgot the gift for the first child to find the Pickle on the Christmas tree. If you have not heard of this before, it is an old German tradition to place a pickle ornament amongst the boughs and the first to find it , gets a gift and good luck throughout the year. It's a lot of fun for the kids, and something they cannot wait to do. They seem to enjoy the search as much as the excitement of opening gifts. In the past 15 years, they have only tipped the tree once.
It's a good thing I wire it to the wall, ha?

OH, I have lots of work to do...once again,...so much for simplifying...a word definitely NOT in my dictionary.

Thanks again, for reading and I promise, soon, real soon, there will be pictures to prove I'm giving fact about our Christmas and traditions. I would not fool any of you, for I appreciate the time you take to read here.




Dar said...

My appologies!!! This entire entry was supposed to be in large print...
I messed up somehow...sorry.
Thanks for coming

jack69 said...

Awwwww, I could read it, so it must be OKAY! Love it and hearing your preparations. I did read Cher's Blog and you Mom is amazing. Of course I could tell that just by seeing her for a little while, one tough cookie also.

She is a beautiful lady now, I can imagine she was a 'Looker' to use one of Paula's terms, but with a different meaning.

Glad you guys are getting it all on and I as for being ready, "I THINK THE WHOLE FAMILY THERE WAS BORN READY!!!!!"
Love from North CArolina and it is really cold here, I think it is in the lower 20's right now. Sherry go Ice out of the faucet and I do ave the hose wrapped. I guess I should have a heat tape.

Take care.
Love again, Hug Bill for us and a Merry time for Christmas.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, Love your new blog look. That blue is pretty. I didn't notice the print --but since I could read it, it was fine....

Yes---you need to get your trees... I have a childhood friend whose family never put the Christmas tree up until Christmas Eve... I couldn't understand that at all... I love Christmas --and want to enjoy the tree and decorations all month....

Sounds like you are getting things done --even though you are very busy...

Have a good day tomorrow. It's very cold down here in TN... About 14 degrees right now at 10:30 p.m. Yipes....


Paula said...

Hon I would believe anything you say but I will look forward to seeing the pictures too. I've never heard of the pickle thingy and my deceased husband was German. It sounds fun.

Cher' Shots said...

Can you believe we finally got most of our shopping done today. Now onto wrapping and sealing with a kiss! I know your family will have a MERRY ole' time... and with the feast you put on - if they leave hungry, it'll be their own fault! lol
'hugs from afar'

Kathy said...

I can remember tieing the tree to the wall too...All the preparation is overwhelming at times ...but the memories always seem to gloss over the anxiety we had and focus on all the fun.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

imac said...

OOOer, you are still busy my friend.lol
Not done a thing yet for Christmas.

LivingInAurora.ca said...

The truth is there will be always something not ready, so important thing is - to have some fun fun and lots of fun, family is precious. Anna :)

Lucy said...

I finally got out of lockdown on my PC so I guess we are both back in business. Great pictures. Good to see you back.