With the seasonal craziness that so many folks buy into I have been keeping a low profile. No malls or super centers filled with some of the nastiest attitudes available, have not been on my menu. Our Christmas will be about the same as the year before…and the year before that. Home.

We will make an early Christmas venture to my Sisters on the 20th and avoid a trip to Illinois for a celebration with Theresa’s kin. To be honest with you this part of the season is the toughest for me. I love to visit family but I despise the usual ridiculous travel itinerary that goes along with the attempt to appease the sense of obligation to be in ten places at once.

We are fortunate enough to have all our kids under roof this year. It is our turn among the in-laws. It will be my Grandson Hunter’s first and Collin is now five so the Santa story is really starting to take hold of his imagination. He asked me last night how Santa could make it down the chimney and out of the wood stove without getting burned. Collin had driven his mom and dad absolutely nuts the last few days to put up a tree. They normally put up a live tree but were hesitant to do so with the baby crawling around. I think the image of a kid covered with tree sap and pine needles and the unquenchable thirst for Christmas trimmings of a five year old was their motivation for the 200 mile round trip on a work day/school night for the use of an artificial tree. I’m happy as hell to get the darn thing to a new home. With the crappy weather always comes the reorganization and cleaning of storage in the basement. Now I’ll have a new hole to fill up with more crap we don’t use anymore.

Actually the tree was stored in an old steamer trunk that will become the new home for the ton and a half of old photos that is precariously stacked in the guest room closet. The potential avalanche of pictures renders the closet useless for the stashing of more crap we don’t use.

Seems to be a theme developing here…

Katy has been a little bummed out because there isn’t anything under our tree for her. We just finished decorating the darn thing and she thinks the floor needs to be covered with gifts already.

I so love the contagious enthusiasm of kids.

Enjoy the holiday… Christmas is love.



  1. Ed said,

    December 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Sounds exactly like my Christmas. We put up a real tree when our daughter was six months old and a year and a half old and never had any problems with pine needles or sap. We did hedge a bit and not decorate the lower extremities with anything breakable or electrified.

  2. karl said,

    December 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    we have a locally grown (across the road) cedar tree. they are self monitoring being itchy and a little painful to frolic against. only a few altercations and the little ones keep their distance. we are having a home made christmas this year. that inherently keeps us out of the super center malls.merry christmas

  3. edifice rex said,

    December 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Those are two great photos of you Woody! (hey, where's that goatee? heehee)Hope you all have a very merry, and peaceful, Christmas.

  4. Woody said,

    December 20, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    Ed..our daughter worries too much. I was very happy to see them come out for an "nonscheduled" visit.Karl..I agree with letting them figure out for themselves what they get into as long as they're not gonna get hurt too bad. I hope ya'll have a wonderful Christmas.Annie..the patch was voted down and as I recall you were one of the nay votes. Merry Christmas right back at ya!

  5. Leigh said,

    December 20, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    I'm with you on family and travel. Interesting, because I'm from Illinois and I definitely wouldn't want to be traveling there this year!Kids really do make the holiday special. My son is newly married so one of these days they'll be little ones for our Christmas too.Have a Merry Merry!

  6. December 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Have a great Christmas Woody & family!Looks like the little ones are going to make that happen 🙂

  7. Woody said,

    December 23, 2009 at 12:51 AM

    Thanks Leigh..Nita..the truth be told I think I'm more excited than the little ones are.

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