This is not a picture of me, but it certainly reflects how I feel at the moment. Christmas is knocking at the door and I am obsessing over all the stuff I have not gotten done. The annual holiday letter and accompanying photo collage is one obstacle. Challenging it for the pole position on Micki’s “List of Sh** She MUST Accomplish Before Christmas” are necessary trips to the post office. This is not to be confused with the list of sh** I’d LIKE to accomplish before Christmas. Which if I read that list right now, I’d be laughing hysterically over how unrealistic 90% of it is. Things like finish writing one of my novels or losing 50 pounds. Look, if I lose 50 pounds in the next six days, it means I’ve misplaced a kid. And man, I’d be totally torqued if that happened. After all, I…oops, I mean Santa…just bought that kid a Nintendo 3DS. And that would mean a return trip to Best Buy. And then there’s that whole issue of finding the receipt. *sigh* Guess I’d better keep the 50 pounds.
But what I haven’t focused on is all the stuff I HAVE gotten accomplished and if I’d just sit still long enough to think about it, I should be pretty darned pleased. I’ve finished most of my shopping, delivered all the school teacher gifts, shipped most packages, attended all the band and drama performances, and have not landed in jail despite all the idiotic drivers on the road. Trust me, that last one is HUGE.
All kidding aside, I do find time amid the chaos to stop, admire the lights, and consider the meaning of it all. When the smallest detail hits me at the right moment, my usual smartass self melts away and I turn into a blubbering pile of goo. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the Nutcracker, but last weekend was a first for me. I was in DC and saw the Washington Ballet’s version. Kind of colonial and patriotic, but it retained enough of the standard elements to keep audiences happy. I don’t know what came over me, but I cried during the Sugar Plum Fairy’s dance. Flawless and breathtakingly beautiful. I still get choked up thinking about it.
Know what else gets me all sappy and sentimental this time of year? Commercials. I have been known to cry at a McDonald’s commercial. Don’t even get me started on the Budweiser Clydesdales. But the one that nails me every time is the Folgers commercial with the brother and sister.
Haven’t seen the Folger’s commercial you cited, but there are — or have been (when I used to watch more TV) — some commercials which grab my heart-strings.
But I love the line:
“if I lose 50 pounds in the next six days, it means I’ve misplaced a kid.”
Erma Bombeck would have paid you for that line! Great stuff.
Keep your chin up, Micki — soon it will be 2012 and the bills will roll in.
I tried to post the link for the Folgers commercial. Big bro comes home from West Africa, little sis (teen) greets him at the door, coffee brewing, Mom and Dad are waking up, Big bro gives little sis a present, she looks at the box, takes the bow off of it and slaps it on the big bro’s chest. “You’re my present this year.” Gets me everytime.
Good news! I have NOT lost that 50 pounds…unless you count the one kid sleeping over at a friend’s and that may be more like 85 pounds. 🙂
Have you seen the Ford commercial? Yes, a car commercial. At least, I think it’s a Ford commercial. The kids spend 5 years finding the car Dad owned when he was younger, now a vintage car. They gift it to him. It smacks of a Hallmark moment. 🙂
I’m so far behind on Christmas, I’m not sure I’ll catch up. So I feel your pain. Either way, I’m sure our Christmas’s will be as nice as ever, eh?
Yes! I have seen that Ford commercial. Agreed, it’s another excellent one. Obviously I have a theme for commercials which get to me. Family members doing something special for each other.
I’m not sure if this year will qualify as “Best Christmas Ever” in my household, but I think it will land in that middle ground of “pretty good” and that’s all I ever ask of it.
I was that way,Micki…I had squeezed in so much to prepare for the cousins who I invited for Thanksgiving,( painting, re-arranging and all the prep seemed like it would be soooo easy back in June!), that gearing up for Christmas took a while…I made less candy and only gave that away, as opposed to fancy cookies and cakes. I found and put up only some of my decorations, (admittedly, still quite a few), and am pulled out few linens. I can’t find the feet for my Christmas tree, so I improvised one with timsel garland on the wall, topped with a large wooden star and finsihed-off at the bottom with antique-looking rigid ‘garland'(for lack of better word), over a bookcase.I strung lights on it and placed the presents on the shelves…it is odd, but working…in other words, Micki, although I am usually a stickler for tradition and pulling out all the stops, I found that everything is good this year with only part of it done,I am not frazzeld. Some cookies are waiting to be finished, and I admit, the big meal is threatening to stress me, but I’m not going to let it ruin things.My kids grew to fast while I was stressing out.I won’t let the grandkids’ time slip away. Life is short; enjoy it. And have a Great Christmas!
Thank you, Tonette, for reminding me that each Christmas does not have to outdo the previous one before. I won’t do a huge meal, but I still want it to be special. (There were requests tonight for Chinese food and fried chicken for Christmas dinner. Uh. No. Not gonna happen.) But some of the “unnecessary” stuff I plan to do (like checking out the special lighting displays) is what makes the holiday special, so I don’t mind the chaos like that.
Oh, GOOD excitement and anticipation are part of it all,Micki! If you aren’t getting a rush in some way, then something is missing! I had made the mistake a few times of trying to make things so special for the family that I ran over the family…don’t let yourself have that regret.
May everyone’s 2012 be THE year!