Did you know that Christmas is in exactly 2 minutes? I’ve noticed a lot of you overly joyous and organized people started decorating for Christmas back in
September October November. So.very.early
Boy have I changed… Did I ever tell you that when I was about 10 I pulled the Christmas tree out of the shed in our back yard, dragged it into the house and assembled it myself before Mark could call my Mom at work. I still remember it like it was yesterday: “MOM, SUZANNE PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE!” I was told that August was too early. What a blow that was.
Anyhoo, this year I kept seeing all my little elf friends decorating to the nines and I’m over here with my head under a blanket wishing the holiday away. I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’m sad. Or down. I’m just not feeling the spirit of Christmas this year. If not for my kids coming over around Christmas I wouldn’t decorate at all. But I’ve decided I’ll put up the big tree this weekend and call it Christmas. There will be no Griswold Christmas or Griswold shenanigans. With that being said, we did take Christmas card pics over our Thanksgiving visit, so those will be happening.
Christmas cards: I always send them and I LOVE receiving them. I always include an updated photo of the family and write a nice note about how our year has been. You know, the highlights. There is never mention of anything bad in my updates. Even the year my Mom passed away, it wasn’t dread and sadness; forever the Pollyanna finding the positive in every situation. I used to write funny stuff about how happy I was that the girls hadn’t been arrested, joined a gang or had a *face tattoo yet. (*I had to clarify the ‘face’ part of tattoo a few years ago)
I always find the SUNNY and POSITIVE and share those points. This year, me sharing the SUNNY AND POSITIVE feels harder. Not because I don’t have any good stuff to share, it’s quite the contrary, we’ve had a good year, (business is great, we’re all healthy, Lolo is getting married) and that is hard to fathom with what I see others going through.
I struggled doing my sunny Christmas cards because my life is good. *sigh* What is wrong with me? Can I ever be happy to just be happy? Damn, my childhood scarred the heck out of me. If only Beverly would have let me leave that tree up in August of 1977, perhaps things would be different….
Or maybe I just overthink things?
The crowd in the back shouts YA THINK?
So, I ordered my cards with my sunny and positive updates on them, so if you think I shouldn’t have, it’s too damn late.
Do you want to see some of our Family photo outtakes? Of course you do, you’re always here for the pictures.
Well, well, look who made it into the family photo this year! He’s officially family and he can never leave because we are the mob and I know his secrets!
None of those will make it onto the card this year, but I might add this one of my new boots. I’m obsessed! They’re Vionics, so I can wear them with my sad, but special feet!
Do you send out cards? If so, do you use a family photo with an update on your year? I so wish this was similar to FB and you could all drop me a family photo in the comments; that would be so fun for me!