Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Moms‘Tis the season, and as I stare down the brightly painted eyes of the four foot tall Nutcracker guarding my fireplace hearth, I realize that the Norman Rockwell moments I plan for the holidays, involving crafting, baking, and entertaining, rarely come to fruition. In a perfect world, my house would be completely decorated, inside and out, by the end of the first weekend in December, which would leave me plenty of time to invite friends over and complete those craft projects hiding in my guest closet. But my Decembers aren’t perfect. What usually happens? I’m filling stockings Christmas Eve and wondering where December and all my good intentions went.
Last year, I bought supplies to make a nice wooden sign proclaiming “Merry Christmas,” only I went too late to the craft store and all the c’s, s’s, r’s, and t’s were gone. Luckily, I grew up in Louisiana and decided I could say it in French instead, so I ended up with letters for “Joyeaux Noel.” Have I assembled and painted that sign yet? In a word, no. With visions of a gingerbread village dancing in my head, I also purchased clay polymer houses and trims. I pictured my daughter and me building our village and placing it on a blanket of glittery batting on the dining room buffet. We did attempt one house, but the glue wouldn’t hold, and the village components are still sitting in a big plastic bag in my guest closet. My baking goal was accomplished by donning plastic gloves and a silk scarf to cover my nose and mouth so as to prevent passing along the Christmas cold I seem to get every year.
I swear this year will be different. I got the cold/flu out of the way at Thanksgiving, so fate wouldn’t be cruel enough to visit another illness upon me for Christmas. Right? And it’s not even December yet. I have plenty of time to decorate inside and out, bake sugar cookies, finish those craft projects, and watch all of my favorite holiday movies (Read the December Wet Noodle Posse e-zine and find out each posse member’s favorite holiday movie!).
May your holiday plans for this year bring you only promised joy. May nothing go awry.