PANIC over the impending holidays I have avoided any preparation. I have red and green colored blinders on. I have no set plans except dinner on Christmas Eve. And for some reason this is not causing me stress.
As a non-theist Christian Quaker, Christmas is my favorite holiday as celebrated by my largely secular-humanist family. How is that for a theological mouthful.
Growing up I would plan surprises for my parents and almost always included hand-made gifts. As an adult I occasionally went off the hypomanic deep-end and did things like: sew flannel pajamas for everyone. Or else I would make grand plans to make things for everyone and then feel TERRIBLE when I didn't get everything done.
I'm growing more mellow in my old age. (Don't laugh. I totally am.) I just want to hang out with my family, eat some good food, and not worry too much about the whole gifting thing. I'd rather just gift people throughout the year anyway.
So really, I am not too worried about Christmas. And I make it a practice of not doing anything for New Year's Eve. So what PANIC? Because, the panic is there. I think it is trying to get in a bunch of celebrations in within such a short span of time. And the combinations of people who will or will not be seen at the same time.
Why were all three of my children born in successive months: Nov, Dec, Jan?
Daughter's birthday coming up does cause me stress. Several reasons: I really do not want to get in the habit of celebrating her birthday before Christmas. Because it is too close to the madness of 24th-25th and it is too hard to get people together twice and... stress.
Also, I have yet to have the "family birthday" for one who turned 12 in November. I feel guilty about this. And I don't feel like I can do anything about that now. Throw him a surprise party? It would be a big surprise. SURPRISE, you are turning 12 and 1/6 today.
NO, I'VE GOT IT!!!!
We will celebrate his birthday on January 4... because he will 4,444 days old. How dang cool is that. The party can begin at 4:44. Ignore the fact that 4 is super unlucky in Chinese numerology. It isn't my superstition. My superstitions are all about symmetry and number that just seem cool to me for some reason.
And how about we just universally declare that February 14 is when we celebrate the daughter's birthday.
It's a plan. OK, admittedly it is a wacky plan and one that I have not shared with anyone, but there you go. Maybe it will be a surprise to everyone but the people who read this blog. Heh, heh. heh.
Grateful Crap: something. kids. apples. music.
tap danced in the kitchen (found my shoes on my bedside table. of course.)
went to meeting
Quaker, teacher, parent,