The morning before the night before Christmas

Any shopping left to do? Last minute errands?

Are you staying home or traveling for Christmas? Do you expect visitors? I plan to hunker down with beer and pizza until Monday.

Here’s my thoughts on gifts:

The worst gifts say “I don’t care.”

The best gift is something the recipient didn’t even know they wanted until they opened it.

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35 Responses to The morning before the night before Christmas

  1. elliesmom says:

    We’re having beer and pizza, too! The grandkids are getting a Wii, and their aunts and uncles are going to play with it all day. I usually do a big sit down dinner, but I’ve been told that “Popsy takes too long to eat”. So we’re doing it casual this year. I have the pizza dough rising already. Special request for some Chicago-style deep dish as well as some thin and crispy. I’ll make Popsy his formal dinner tonight and let him take as long as he wants to eat it. Presents are all wrapped. Every one purchased or handmade with care. I did grandmother duty yesterday at the annual daycare Christmas party and then got to steal the baby for the rest of the day. No Christmas present under the tree could match that.

  2. jjmtacoma says:

    I’ve been up a while wrapping my secret stash of presents that won’t be from me.

    We are driving all over later today to visit in-laws for dinner and then driving all over tomorrow to visit out-laws. I get to have a messy house the whole time and other people are cooking!

    There will still be crazy family weirdness but I won’t have to cook or clean, so how bad can it be?!

    • elliesmom says:

      It’s not the cooking that I mind. I rather enjoy that, but the constant cleaning up gets to me during the season. And Ellie is a trash hound. I have to keep weights on the top of the trash can because she figured out how to step on the pedal that opens the lid. Used paper plates are a delicacy.

  3. timothy says:

    Decided to place a cherry and whipped cream on top of my major frustration with holiday shopping and see if I can pick up some Air Jordans today.

  4. yttik says:

    I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas! Most of our friends and family are working Christmas this year, so we’ll be having company popping in and out.

  5. Lulu says:

    We have cocktail party food that is really bad for you on Christmas eve and play games and watch stupid movies. Beer and wine only since we had a few alcoholics almost break the place up a few years ago (no longer invited). Baking a bourbon chocolate marble cheesecake and pecan pie tarts for the steakhouse (we took a vote) Christmas lunch tomorrow. We will probably have Chinese take out for lunch today. If I need something from the grocery store the person who draws the short straw (not me) has to go and risk their life in the parking lot. Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

    • elliesmom says:

      I had a crazy glue emergency this morning, and I had to go to the store for some acetone nail polish remover. It wasn’t too bad at 7:00 am. Ellie’s hair will grow back, but I may never have fingerprints again.

      • Lulu says:

        I have a friend whose dermatologist superglued himself to her in some kind of weird scar treatment. They had to go to the ER together. She had to drive.

        • elliesmom says:

          I tried to get the glue out of Ellie’s hair w/o touching it, but she wouldn’t hold still. I ended up cutting her hair, but I had her white hair stuck to my hands. The kid behind the counter at the CVS looked at me funny when my fur covered fingers handed him a five for the polish remover. I said, “What are looking at? Santa and I were just having a little fun.” I love making teenage boys blush.

  6. Pips says:

    Yesterday I was following (part of) the funeral of Václav Havel, one out of two World leaders that I have always had boundless respect for. (The other being “Madiba”, Nelson Mandela.)

    When former US President Bill Clinton arrived, escorting and flanked by SoS Hillary Clinton and former SoS Madeleine Albright, I couldn’t help but notice with what grace and dignity they represented themselves … and in extension: Their country.

    And when, towards the end of the ceremony, Madeleine Albright spoke about her late friend and she spoke in Czech, it brought a smile to the face of the otherwise somber widow Dagmar Havlova.

    Imagine the dignity – the experience and knowledge untold – with which the office of POTUS had been represented had Hillary Clinton been “selected”!

    Sorry to remind you all of “what could have been” but with the words of the late Václav Havel, R.I.P.,

    “Truth and Love must prevail over lies and hate”,

    I wish you all a Happy, Merry Christmas.

  7. DandyTiger says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. I’m taking it easy today. All the shopping and whatnot done. Nothing for it but some drink and relaxation. Who knows what chaos tomorrow will bring. 🙂

  8. Lola-at-Large says:

    I forgot cat food, so I have to go back out. Also cigarettes. I have to go out because I DO NOT SHOP on holidays, even if the evil stores are open.

    The kid is already with family in another town; her choice, and she is 18 now. Hubby is working second shift, but then he’s off for three days straight, which is when we’ll be going to see our family a couple of hours south. I’m really looking forward to a few extended hours of alone time followed by a peaceful Christmas day with hubby. Then we can travel.

  9. Benny says:

    No shopping cos I’m flat broke anyway. Am away from my family and loved ones, so guess I’ll have a lonely Christmas and new year.

  10. Benny says:

    Hey, have a very merry christmas, folks. May my Lord and Saviour bless you and your family with long life, perfect health and abundant riches.

    • timothy says:

      Spent about 20 year worth of Christmas by myself in Manhattan. Early on because I was estranged from my family and later because of work. I had some of my best holiday’s ever in those times. Don’t know if you’re a drinker but I found it so comforting to walk into a dive bar on Christmas Eve and involve a few of the disparate people siting alone into some kind of banal conversation. I have so many pleasant memories of breaking the ice. Met so many wonderful interesting people. hate to be corny but I do believe if you make someone else smile you always feel better
      Never did it my self on the holidays but I have known people who had no prior association with the homeless or food kitchens found it the right time to do it. You’re a mean one Mr Grinch has nothing to do with presents.
      Anywho my Christmas tradition was for years to go to a dive bar spend a little good cheer and then see a horror flick in Time’s Square.
      If I did not have familiar obligations that is how I would spend every Christmas.

  11. timothy says:

    Benny, on December 24, 2011 at 11:10 am said:

    No shopping cos I’m flat broke anyway. Am away from my family and loved ones, so guess I’ll have a lonely Christmas and new year.

    No need to be lonely unless you want to be. Tomorrow/tonight you can find places that need your help or will give you help.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Fucking Raiders

  13. DandyTiger says:

    Looking forward to the great rivalry tomorrow, Packers vs. Bears. Go Packers.

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