Some years the Christmas card list is short, oh who am I kidding? Some years I haven't sent any at all. This was one of those years where I bought a package of 20 cards, wrote up my list, made out all the cards, and then figured out that I had left off 3 very important people. Guess who's going to buy a cheap box of cards tomorrow? Ugh!
Tonight I spent a few hours writing out the cards and wrapping the calendars that I'm giving out. We started out the evening watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (because who doesn't feel better about their holiday plans after watching that movie?) and I just kept wrapping and wrapping. After the movie younger step-son (who is now living with us when he's not at college, which is a joy) started playing Halo. So this year Christmas presents and WARTHOG! will be inextricably linked in my mind.
2008 finds us still celebrating Christmas, but in a much more conservative manner than last year. The economic downturn hasn't directly impacted us, but having 2 kids in college at the same time has. I've said several times to VPH this fall, "Thank goodness we have no money or we would have lost a bunch of it." Long story short, last year we spent almost $70 on a living tree, a bunch more on a rosemary tree and a lovely poinsettia from the good nursery, and I forced bulbs all over the house. This year we have a $15 fake tree and 2 poinsettias that were a total of $6.66 and that is it. There isn't another plant in the house (other than one really old houseplant that we inherited from my mother-in-law years ago).
The view from the couch after I finished wrapping:
There are several items of note above:
1. The $15 Christmas tree...better than you thought, isn't it?
2. Younger step-son's feet...anyone surprised he's over 6 feet tall?
3. The Wii Fit in the gaming section of the entertainment center...one of these days I will get around to trying it.
4. Halo on the TV...you know you're jealous!
The calendars will be in tomorrow's outgoing mail so I should be able to share the final photos with you on Christmas day. Until then, best wishes for sanity in this, the most stressful time of the year!