Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bah Humbug!

Confession time:
I'm a grinch.

Yes, as much as it pains me to say it, I'm afraid it's true. For the first time in my life, I really just can't seem to get into the holiday spirit.
I haven't baked cookies.
I haven't wrapped presents.
I haven't set up a tree (or so much as opened the box of Christmas decorations.)
I haven't even participated in my own Advent activities! (except the really easy ones...sometimes by accident.)

I've been completely and utterly (and redundantly) overwhelmed by work, and the sad fact of the retal world is that I've already "been there and done that" when it comes to decorations. After you set up a hundred (literally) strands of garland and lights, at least five christmas trees, and too many stockings to count, the excitement starts to wane a bit.

But, it's not to say I'm a total scrooge. In fact:

I have attended three (count 'em, THREE) holiday parties- one in heels, and one in a Santa costume: Double points!
I have organized a "Secret Stocking" exchange for my office.
I have made our Christmas cards.

And I've got high hopes:

I will mail our Christmas cards.
I will host a Young Life Christmas party (complete with "White Elephant" exchange).
I will bake something special for the office potluck.
I will make gifts- finishing some works in progress, and starting a few new ones!

When I start to look at it in black and white, I realize that perhaps my Merriment Mojo isn't as bad as I thought. (I didn't even mention that I already watched Elf.- it was on the bus on the way to a YL retreat, and I slept through the middle, but STILL.) I've had fun working on our cards (more on that soon!), dressing up for parties, and I'm excited to have a free weekend coming up to get moving on some projects.

I will not decorate. You'll all have to just remember last year and pretend....

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