So I'm feeling very uncreative this Holiday season. I'll tell you a dirty little secret. I didn't even put up my Christmas tree. Gasp, shock and sheer horror, I know! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I look forward to putting up the Christmas decorations every year. Travis usually makes me wait until at least Thanksgiving day to put them up, but this year everyone kept saying, when are you going to put the Christmas decorations up? I'm not one of those sweet mothers that lets her children decorate the tree. No I'm the controlling kind who prefers to decorate the tree herself so it will look "just so." Don't get me wrong, I let the kids get involved in other ways, but the decorations are mine all mine. But I just wasn't feeling it this year. We are looking to very possibly, probably, most-likely, I hate to count my eggs before they are hatched, move to another state in January, (is this a run-on sentence?) and I just didn't want to get all the decorations out. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole moving prospect, plus we aren't going to be here for the actual Christmas holiday. So I put up the majority of my decorations, and I put lights on two little topiary trees in my living room, but no tree. My kids are mad at me. So I tell them to enjoy the neighbor's tree and that they will get to see both of their Grandmothers trees very soon.
And then my husband's birthday seemed to sneak up on me too. I usually make a big deal out of his birthday since it's so close to Christmas and I don't want it to feel over looked. But this year he was sick, and I hadn't found a lot in the way of gifts, so we just had a small family party. He wanted me to rent the newer Narnia movie to watch with the kids. So I grabbed it out of the redbox at the grocery store, and came home to put it on only to find that I had the BBC version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Trouble, I was in trouble. But we had a good laugh at the movie's special effects, and the kids enjoyed it. I even used refrigerated pizza dough for the pizzas I made. My mom would be very disappointed. I'll try harder next year, I promise.
Despite my lack of decor and holiday hoopla the kids are still excited about Christmas. Hallie went to lunch with Santa last week, and Dallas brought home this cute letter to Santa from school. I think it's my favorite decoration of all, so I framed it and know I will cherish it for years to come. Here's to getting in the holiday spirit, maybe some gingerbread making is in order.