If you can't make it better you can laugh at it. ~Erma Bombeck


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hurry Christmas! Don't be Late!

The tree is decorated and all the presents are wrapped:


The food has been cooked by the most manly man I've ever known. It takes a real man to choose to do what he loves doing without worrying about what anybody else thinks. And this one does it with some serious style. See that black shirt? So far tonight he's cooked 2 pies, pumpkin and pecan, made cocktail meatballs, chocolate chip cookies, and is now making a cake. All in a black shirt. And he hasn't gotten ONE SPECK of flower on that black shirt! THAT, my friends, is true macho!


And the stockings are all hung by the chimney with care:


All that's left to do is try to go to sleep. Try not to toss and turn knowing that Bug and Twig won't be home. Again. And then there are all of the other kids that I miss so much all year long, but especially this time of year. This thing of having grownups for kids sucks. I guess I'd be OK if I didn't still put their stockings out every year. But, as you can see from the picture, I put out all of the stockings for all of my kids every year whether they will be home or not.

I've had the song "Where are you Christmas" banging around in my head for the last several days. All I could hear of it was the first part over and over again... "Where are you Christmas? Why can't I find you?..." Then today, after a good cry and after finally watching this video, it dawned on me that I was missing the whole point of the song.

The point is SNAP OUT OF IT, WOMAN!

I am so awesomely blessed. I have a husband, who loves me unconditionally. A daughter who, though often the epitome of teenage pain-in-the-buttishness, does love me in her own way. I have two wonderful sons and a ton of other 'kids' and friends, all of whom chose to love me -- often inspite of myself! If that's not the definition of having Christmas all year, I don't know what ever could be.

So, to all of you who also struggle during this time each year, getting stuck in the what ifs and should have beens of your life; waiting for Christmas to find you, it is time to stop waiting for it to come to you and start looking around at your blessings. I bet that you find it with you all year, too.

Peace, Blessings, and a Very Merry Christmas to all.


  1. Love it! I love that you're snapping out of it and making the most out of what you have near and far! It's a rough year but we have our bloggy friends and tweetys to make us smile and keep our spirits high. And there's always little blond boys willing to send you a video!

    Smile lotsa people love you because you rock!!

  2. Merry, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a beautiful day, with your beautiful family. You are a true gift to me (and the rest of the blogging world). My e-mail is cheryle@twcny.rr.com but I will write you when my company leaves, and give you my number. Looking forward to talking with you.

  3. Merry Christmas, special, to my favorite tweeter :) And to your husband in his flour-free black shirt: WOW. I can't keep flour off my clothing if the stuff is in the same room with me!

    Thanks for all your encouragement this year. May it come back to you with an exponent of infinity. xxoxo

  4. What a lovely post. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Yes, Damama, you are loved. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing all of those pictures of the inside and outside of your home. Loved them. May I come over for some of that wonderful cooking your husband has been doing? Even I haven't done that much! :o) God Bless.

  6. Merry Christmas and (((Hugs))).

  7. Your husband is truly impressive... and all in a BLACK shirt!

    My mom tends to feel the same way around the Christmas season, so I understand what you go through.

    This is the first year I've had a daughter (and grandsons) out of state - not able to get home for Christmas, so it was a little tough for me as well. So, I bought a web cam, and she has one, and I got to see the grandsons showing off their Spiderman stuff, and her "baby bump". It helped.

    It is always nice to see your comments on my blog (I'm not a very regular blogger, so my blog is like the back-country dirt roads of the blogging world... not much traffic).

  8. Hope You enjoyed your christmas just the same. It seems like you have someone right there at home who cares about you very much.
    Happy new years too!

  9. Damama,
    I hope you had a blessed Christmas. I love that you put the stockings of your kids out still. Although, it makes me a little sad thinking that day is looming somewhere in my future as well. I have several years yet so I won't dwell on it just yet.

    Here's wishing you a happy and joyous 2009!

  10. Merry Christmas my friend. I do hope you had a great one. I dread the day that the stockings are not filled with children's goodies too. Posts like yours remind me to slow down and enjoy them while they are young.

    Love ya!

  11. Thnaks for dropping by my site and leaving comments. I appreciate it.

    Nice looking tree you've got there. I love it.

    Wish we had a fireplace, too. It's one of my frustrations. It's too hot here in the Philippines (especially in the metro) to build one. Unless, I don't mind being, uhm, weird. LOL


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