Seriously, I feel so stressed about the holidays that I can’t believe it’s not even December yet. I feel like Christmas is next week and I am totally not prepared! Okay, breathe. It’s actually still 26 days until Christmas. 26 DAYS! Yikes!
I need to order Christmas cards. I need to actually see the family photos we had taken before I can order cards. Both boys have gifted projects due in the next week. I need to get the house cleaned up so I can decorate. I need to start baking. I have to exercise every day! I have to volunteer at the school. I have to run three times a week. I need to finish (or maybe start) shopping. I need to do laundry (well, I always need to do laundry). I need to stop stressing.
Okay, I feel better now. We did actually start a little decorating.
I still haven’t unearthed the tree topper (it’s Mickey Mouse) or the tree skirt, but at least we got all the ornaments hung. I had some elves that helped me.
And a four-footed elf who had to be in the middle of everything. Chewie always gets so excited when something unusual is going on, like suddenly erecting a tree in the corner of the dining room.
The boys always enjoy going through all the ornaments. We don’t have one of those beautiful Martha Stewart trees. We have a tree covered in Hallmark ornaments from our own childhoods, and ones Chad and I actually made as children, and ones that have been gifts to us and to the boys through the years. We have ornaments made by the boys. It’s just a total hodge-podge, but we like it that way. We have a collection of about twenty Star Trek ornaments that my sister has given us every year since Chad and I got engaged.
They are my favorites. They have cool lights and sounds. Unfortunately, these few were all that I could hang this year because they are battery operated. The others have to be plugged into the light string and our new lights are LED, so the bulb sockets don’t match the older ornaments. I’m on the hunt for a small black Christmas tree that I can string with old-style white lights and have it be a total Star Trek tree. Doesn’t that sound cool? Well, it does to me. Has anyone ever seen a small, black Christmas tree?
My favorite Star Trek ornament is this Deep Space 9 docking station with six tiny Federation ships (well, one Klingon Bird of Prey, but they were trading partners and occasional allies of the Federation so…oh, sorry…Star Trek tangent).
Next year, I vow to get the Christmas decorations out of storage as soon as Halloween is over. I vow to start the gifted projects the day after the assignments come home. I vow to nail down the Christmas card early in November. I vow to stay on top of the laundry. Oh, who am I kidding?