Everyone in your household thinks Christmas just *happens* but you know different. It’s no mean feat orchestrating the biggest holiday of the year. Take the kids’ Christmas lists– please. Henny Youngman is rolling over in his grave. With kids conversant in more technological gadgets than you ever imagined, it’s harder than Santa could possibly have dreamed to keep track of who’s been naughty and nice.
And presents! Ack. Retailers beg you and bribe you to get everything on Black Friday and then put out ads from then until 11:59 Christmas Eve to get even better deals here, and here, and here. If you can manage to get all the presents for all the family plus extended family in fewer than a dozen trips to different stores, you’re a shopping guru. Right this very moment my husband is out getting a package of golf balls for my daughter’s mother-in-law, who will be at Christmas dinner. This, after we declared for the second time, that we were definitely done, complete, over. Always one more. Sigh….
Christmas cookies? Argh. All the kids want to make sugar cookies in the form of Santa or stars or Santa flying through the stars or Santa flying over the moon and through the stars. Plus, you have to have red icing, and blue and green and yellow and chartreuse and sprinkles that are red and blue and green and yellow and chartreuse. And silver balls and chocolate sprinkles and red sugar. Then comes the madhouse of actually baking and creating these masterpieces. It’s too bad no one wants to eat them when they get done. They each eat one– their favorite– when they’re warm, and never touch them again. You end up throwing away cardboard-like Santas long about the beginning of March.
The tree? Don’t even mention the tree. So I won’t.
All together, you spend umpteen hours preparing for Christmas– far more than the 24 hour period they actually call the holiday. I always bewept the fact that Christmas was only one day, but not because I love the spirit and good cheer, but because I figure all that preparation should be good for more than 24 hours.