Christmas starts Sunday 12/16 (Momma Monday)

So the season is in full swing, and our family gets to start celebrating Christmas this weekend!  Sunday is the only day that my cousin, who lives about 150 miles away, can make it down for the holiday, so that is the day my mother’s family is choosing to celebrate Christmas.  How can this be…….it’s only the 16th for crying out loud!  But this is just the beginning I realize, holy crap!

Here’s the schedule so far, and let’s hope things don’t get changed:

Sunday, 12/16: Grandpa and Grandma S’s house

Monday, 12/24: Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma T’s house at 6pm in Columbus.  Then we must leave by 7:45 at the latest to be to Grandma and Grandpa O’s house by 9pm that night in Urbana.

Tuesday, 12/25: Breakfast at Great-Grandma W’s house at 9am in West Liberty.  Then back to Columbus for lunch with my immediate family at Grandpa and Grandma S’s house.

Monday, 12/31: Grandpa H and Grandma Cindy in West Liberty for presents at 5 and then a rowdy party that evening!  (Ace will be going back to the grandparents in Urbana for that portion of the evening, Mom and Dad want to party too!)

Okay, so here’s my question; when are we having our family Christmas?  It was never a big deal before, we just spent four days a month driving all over Ohio to celebrate with our family and friends, but now with Ace, it just seems too much.  How do we not go though?  Who’s feelings would we choose to hurt if we decide to skip one house or the other?  I never really thought about this until now, but the plans are made, the gifts are bought, and we are going!

What a nightmare waiting to happen!  Merry Christmas Everyone!

(I will not be posting on the 24th, as you can see from above, we will not be in town and I hope that everyone is busy with their families instead!  Happy Holidays!)

Bah Humbug!

I love the holiday season. All of the gift giving, the snow starts falling, the family get togethers, and the free food. I’m so excited for Ace to have his first Christmas, and want to make it special and memorable. But the holidays are not all fun and games. There are a few of things I dislike about the holidays.

  1. Spending Money – I am a tight wad. I admit it openly. If there is one thing I hate, it is spending money. Now don’t get me wrong. I like to buy gifts for everyone, but I don’t think we should spend as much as we do. The problem is that we go to see so many different places and see so many different people on Christmas and everyone buys for us, so we feel obligated to buy for everyone else. Our combined family is BIG! After buying gifts for visits to my Grandma and Grandpa in-law’s, then to my Mom’s, then to my Mother and Father in-law’s, then to my Grandmas, then to my Dad’s, and finally our own Christmas gift giving celebration…we are BROKEBROKE. Done. Cooked. Burnt!

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  2. Preparation – All the running around to different stores, putting things in lay-a-way, paying on the lay-a-way, getting out the decorations from the basement, wrapping the gifts, and coordinating all of the family gatherings so that it is convenient for everyone. Mentally exhausting!
  3. Taking Up Precious Time – There are only two things that I don’t have enough of…money and time. It’s hard enough during a non-holiday month to get caught up with all of my regular responsibilities in order to have some free time to have some fun. Not only do we have to allot time for everything in #1 and #2, we also have to allot time for consuming two full days of the month…the 24th and 25th. With 31 full days in December, after subtracting all of the time preparing for the holidays, it feels like I have five whole days left in the month to be productive.
  4. Pretending To Like Gifts – I know I am not the easiest person to buy for. I already have a lot and don’t ask for much, but why would you waste your money on something totally useless? If you don’t know what to buy for me…buy lottery tickets. $$$
  5. pink-elephant.pngThe Drama – There is always drama somewhere. Never fails. One family member is not getting along with another family member and there is always tension in the room. This kind of things just eats me up! Everyone is usually civil, but there is always that pink elephant sitting on the couch next to me. Pink elephants look cuddly, but are vicious wild creatures! Beware!
  6. The Pass Me Around Game – I personally don’t mind for everyone to want to hold Ace and play with him, but Ace can not stand it. Ace and large groups of people tossing him around the room like a hot potato do not get along. He gets over stimulated, worn out, and downright cranky. No amount of formula, rocking, swinging, tickling, or funny faces can calm him down. The only thing we can do is bear the grumpiness until he runs out of energy and passes out. 😀

Looking back on my list I notice that all six things can be summed up into four broad categories…

  1. Lack Of Money
  2. Lack Of Time
  3. Stupid People
  4. Crying Babies

I’m going to try real hard to not let these things get in the way of everybody having a good time and enjoying the holidays, but it’s going to be a challenge…now where is that egg nog?

Aren’t We Good Dancers!

I know it’s a bit early, but I just couldn’t wait to post this. It is just too cool!

Click the picture below and enjoy…

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UPDATE: Sorry, this is soooo much fun, I just had to Scrooge myself…

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POLL: How Much Do You Spend On Each Of Your Children At Christmas?

Christmas is coming soon. Therefore Christmas shopping is right around the corner. This will be Ace’s first Christmas, and our first Christmas with a kid. I have plenty of questions…

  1. What do I buy him?
  2. Will he like the presents?
  3. How much do I spend on him?
  4. etc, etc…

I’m just curious what everyone else spends on their children, so I’ve created DadThing’s first Poll.

I know it will probably be different for each family…their financial situation, how many children they have, and the age of their children. However, I think it would be very interesting to see what other families do…

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