Holiday Stress was in full force last night.
Cards went out on Monday (after a marathon stamping/addressing/envelope licking session on Sunday).
On Tuesday, I was able to wrap and distribute gifts at work (after a frantic wrapping episode on Monday).
Last night our kids’ babysitter graciously agreed to stay an extra hour and help wrap gifts. (I was begging).
That hour went a long way, and with her help, I finished up on my own with all the gifts by about 10 PM.
(A glass of zinfandel helped, although the quality of the wrapping deteriorated afterwards).
MGM (7) would not go to sleep and was bouncing off the walls, even with multiple threats that Santa was watching.
Everyone was generally unhappy with each other when we went to bed at midnight.
I woke in a panic at 2 AM and remembered that I forgot to get two gifts to participate in the Yankee swap that my extended family does every year. Ugh. I hate that event. I decided to let it pass without participating this year.
Ditto the Christmas Eve potluck, which we will likely miss since we have to drive nearly two hours after work tonight to get there and are always the last to arrive.
My To Do List was circulating through my head when the alarm went off this morning.
Spouse and I agreed that we don’t really enjoy Christmas in its current iteration, and it just seemed like a series of stressful events that culminated in Never Doing Enough and somehow failing to meet External Expectations.
I brewed coffee and silently grumbled.
Trixie (5) came downstairs unprompted at 7 AM with a smile on her face. “Good morning, Mom!”
She went on to say that she was so excited for Christmas and then asked, “Is Santa Claus really real?”
I paused before answering. “What do you think?”
Trixie: “Yes! Real! And I even saw him twice! Once he was at Pet Smart (side note: This was the worst fake Santa ever. He looked to be about 17 and was there last year to take pictures with pets. We were there to buy a new leash) and once I saw him at school!”
Her parting words: “I just love Christmas.”
I’m going to go with that sentiment for the next few days. Thanks for the reminder, Trix.