Thursday, December 22, 2011


To say that I have been in a funk lately is putting it mildly! I have never had such a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit as I have this year!

So let's see what have I been up to....

Had my SIL's Judy and Jackie and their hubbys over for dinner last Saturday. That was very nice. We always enjoy their company!

Managed to get my Christmas shopping done at the last minute...good thing because my original plan was to take tomorrow off and finish up then. Unfortunately, my coworkers 89-year-old mother is in the hospital in intensive care and not doing very well. So she obviously can't work and that leaves me. Oh well, how much can I complain about that? I feel bad for her. This is a rotten time of year to lose your mother. 

Christmas Eve is at our house this year! I love having it here because the house always looks so nice decorated and I love that everyone gets to see it! We'll do our usual gift exchange. We usually just buy a gift for a female if you're a female and a gift for a male if you're a male. Then we draw numbers and when your turn comes you can either pick a gift from the pile or steal someone else's! You always want to be last number because then you get your choice of all the gifts! It's a lot of fun!!

About 5 or 6 years ago we did a white elephant gift exchange. That was fun too but some of the gifts were a little lame, (like a hinge..really) so we discontinued that. This was mine then:

which I still love to this day! One of these days I'll find something creative to do with it!

Let's see what else....Shauna's boyfriend Brad graduated from college last weekend. I am happy for him and even happier that Shauna won't be driving up to see him every weekend anymore. It was only a hour trip but still....her kitties missed her!!

We probably won't be seeing our kids on Christmas day. They have lots to do with their in-laws and I don't want them to feel obligated to come over here. I would love to continue the tradition of Christmas breakfast but it seems to be too much pressure for my son and daughter-in-law. That's OK I'm easy. They will come over early on Christmas Eve before everyone else gets here and we'll exchange gifts then!

Maybe Rich and I will go to the show! We did that a few years ago and actually really enjoyed it. This year I want to see "We Bought A Zoo" so maybe that's what we'll do.

That's all for now.

We are doing the Secret Santa at work again this year. I'll be back tomorrow to post my loot!!


Brenda said...

I'll look forward to seeing your "loot".

There's no spirit in me this year either but I sure hope it returns again some day. I'm trying really hard though, for Zach.

Sally said...

It does get more difficult to carry on with traditions once the kids get older. So glad you'll all be together on Christmas Eve. I hope you and all your loved ones have a very blessed Merry Christmas. I'm sorry you have to work today, but it's sad for your co-worker as you say.

Love ya!!!!

Sally said...


We tried that Female/Male gift exchange one year a long time ago; but with most of our family being blonde it became confusing. LOL

judemiller1 said...

So many can't get the "spirit" this year--for the first time in my life, I have no decorated tree in the house. I think our whole world is just sad and depressed this year.

Donna said...

Will be saying a prayer for your coworkers Mom!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Grandma K said...

Traditions do change with the kids getting older. Looks like our Christmas Eve will be quiet, but Christmas Day will be very full!

wenn said...

Merry Christmas!