Before reality hit, I was thinking of doing a Countdown to Christmas in the same style as Countdown to Turkey Day, but then I began to think of all the extra traditions that some families have and the whole concept became overwhelming. If you’re trying to make sure you have everything ready for Christmas. Laura Otero has a few To Do lists from her Motivation Monday series that would serve as a great checklist to make sure everything is on track. My hope is to have something together before the start of Advent next year. And the busyness? That leads me to my confession.
In the shuffle, I forgot to turn in an affidavit saying I am excused from jury duty. There is an exemption in SC for primary care givers with young children. After all, it’s hard to make a babysitter magically appear in the middle of the day for an undetermined amount of time. Not only did I forget to turn in the affidavit, I completely forgot about jury duty.
The court date was the 17th.
Yesterday, I sheepishly got the affidavit notarized, after calling the magistrate court in a panic and never reaching a human. I’ve never really gotten into trouble -caught if you must be technical- and I was furious that it could be over something as stupid as missing jury duty. My husband had a field day teasing me about how he was going to have to tell the kids their mom missed Christmas because she was in jail -unlikely, but that didn’t stop him. Thankfully if I had remembered to call the night before, I would have learned I didn’t actually have to show up, so all the panic and fear was for nothing.
In that light, I’m going to give myself a short vacation. I’ll be back on Boxing Day and we can start talking about the New Year?
To better prepare for next year, let’s talk about Christmas traditions:
When does your family decorate the house?
When do you put up the tree?
In our home Christmas dinner is usually quite similar to our Thanksgiving Menu, but usually a little pared down. What about you? Do you have a different menu for Christmas?
Do you have a special Christmas breakfast?
Cinnamon rolls -made the night before and popped into the oven first thing?
We’re a little naughty and always have a mimosa during the madness that is a houseful of over-tired from Midnight Mass- sugar-riddled children bouncing off the walls . (They are cooped up because it’s usually 6am and they can’t go outside and play until at least 9 for our neighbors’ sakes). What’s a mimosa? It’s champagne with a splash of orange juice. It’s easy, it feels positively decadent.
If we’re lucky and we usually are, the kids crash and there are early naps for all.
Before I sign off, I want to remind you that all of the above? It’s just the icing; keep it in its place. Real families and real life don’t usually look like perfect greeting cards. The kids get cranky, the grown ups bicker, a dish gets burned, the cat knocks over the tree. Whatever. It’s not what matters.
Stop on Christmas Eve and just be thankful. Quit worrying about the details, they don’t matter as much as you think.
If you are safe, warm, and fed, that’s so much more than so many have.
Let the rest go.