It’s Christmastime in the burbs. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately in preparation for this most momentous of holidays.
This year, I drew my dad’s name in our family present swap and he drew mine.
He asked for jean shorts.
Let me repeat.
He wants jean shorts for Christmas.
I had a lot of fun searching for “Men’s jean shorts” on the internet. Surprisingly, many were available.
In a twist of fate, my dad drew my name in our family present swap.
I asked him for a deluxe toilet plunger.
Let me repeat.
I asked him for a deluxe toilet plunger. It’ll look fantastic in my powder room in its sleek black case vs. the old plunger we have now that resides on paper towels after it’s used.
In the old days
My teen son asked me an innocent question about Christmas past. And, a part of me died inside when I heard his reaction to my answer.
See for yourself:
The Hiding Place
My daughter, 10, was helping me look for our cat. So we looked under my bed.
You know, where I’d hidden all the Christmas presents.
I whipped her little body away from under the bed so fast it made her spin like Gracie Gold on crack.
I politely explained why. Then she spent the next four days trying to look under the bed.
Until I announced proudly that I had moved the presents out from under the bed.
“Where’d you move them?” she asked straight-faced. “The closet?”
I’m not as smart as I thought.
The resents are currently scattered willy nilly. Say a prayer I remember where!
With all your free time this month, I just know that you are looking for good reading material. May I suggest one of my post popular posts? It’s on what it’s really like to have a baby in December and it’s published as a reprint this month in Ann Arbor Family Magazine.
I’ve also got an original article in Neapolitan Family magazine on tips for making a December birthday party special.
No, one of the tips is NOT smacking anyone who says, “Oh, it must be awful having a December birthday.” Although maybe that WOULD make all the moms of December babies feel better.
That’s it from my Christmastime in the burbs. How are the holiday preparations going in your neighborhood?