Christmas Eve.. Why am I blogging? - The Kim Six Fix

Christmas Eve.. Why am I blogging?

The presents are under the tree, the stockings are filled and the rest of the house is quiet. So why am I not in bed? Because it is only 10:30.. when you calculate that in mommy hours it is practically mid-day! My typical after-hours internet haunts are quiet and so I have a few moments to reflect on the holidays of 2009.

So what am I taking away from it this year? A few things come to mind.

1) I love holiday food.
The more sugar and butter-laden the better. Cookies and cakes and pies, oh my! I am looking forward to our family holiday traditional dinner tomorrow. Porkchops and dumplings. But not your typical "chicken and dumplings" dumplings. NO! The always fabulous, and accurately nicknamed GLUE-BALLS. Yep, glueballs. Yum. Now since I know that description leaves you hungry let me share the recipe

Peel and quarter a bunch o' potatoes.
Put in blender with enough water to make a pasty pinkish-gray slurry.
Add slurry to flour to form sticky paste like dough.
Drop in boiling water until they are rubbery and firm yet slimy.Enjoy!

Yes, they are strangely nasty, but boy do I love them. Maybe it is the familiarity of eating them every year, on the plate next to dried out pork chops that could pass for shoe leather and sauerkraut that tastes like the inside of an aluminum can, but I just look forward to it every year! I can't help myself.

2) My kids don't need more stuff.

I seriously cut waaaay back this year, we are saving up to buy a new car and so I was even more scrooge-like with my budget this year. I didn't even really shop. I cleaned out the closets of old toys I had squirreled away on sale and bought one big item (a doll house) but that is about it. So, why am I overlooking a sea of gifts? Of course the family goes wild since these are the only grandchildren on both sides, and kids toys are cheap. You can fill a shopping cart for 100$, plus the are so bulky: all those cheap plastic whatchamacallits, it just looks like a lot. Honestly, I am dreading the day my kid's wish lists are composed of iPods and Coach purses, since I can't distract them with my filler items that take up a lot of space for little moola!

3) Christmas card letters are a fine balancing act.
As I read through the various letters that have come to the house, I can definitively say there are four schools of christmas card letters

A. Non-existent. This is composed of the easy "just sign the card and move on it with" type as well as the even less personal "preprinted our name on the photo so we don't have to write anything" genre. Eh, I understand it. I would rather get this than nothing, but a few words about what is going on wouldn't kill you.

B. The short-n-sweet. This is my favorite letter type. Stick to the facts, no elaborating, just births, deaths, family moves, and major life changes. What I actually want to know. I always hope to be a short-n-sweet writer. But it is a fine balancing act. Now that I have kids I have to make a conscious effort to not fall into any category C:

C. The family self-promoter. These letters are filled with how wonderful the members of the family are. Usually it is about their children or grandchildren but some people even talk about their wonderful spouses as if they were destined for sainthood. The worst part of these letters is that now that I am a parent I no longer believe the stories I hear about other people's kids. No your child is not spelling 11-letter words in Swahili while playing the violin at Space Camp. I.don' Give it up. When you child is nominated for a Nobel, Pulitzer, Grammy, Peabody.. THEN you can tell me about his advanced skills. I understand that kids do have hobbies, but I don't need a laundry list straight out of your day-timer. Pick a few things and move on.

D. The shoot-me-in-the-head-since-I-can't-read-one-more-sentence run on monstrosities. You know them. They put every little detail of every single event that ever happened to them. This includes but is not limited to detailed descriptions of medical procedures ("Uncle Jerry finally had that ingrown toenail removed, and thank goodness since it was black and pus filled for the last few months. Merry Christmas!") or detailed emotional descriptions of pets/children/inanimate objects, ("Our favorite toaster took it's last breath this fall. It had served us well, warming our toast for the past few years, it will be sorely missed") or overly vivid descriptions of meaningless occurrences ("On our way up to grandma's we stopped at a rest area. They had really nice recycling bins.")
You can immediately spot a run on letter.. usually the font is teenie tiny and the letter is two sided or *gasp* more than one page! And sometimes they must squeeze in a dozen photos as well. Just in case you wondered what Uncle Jerry's ingrown toenail, their favorite toaster or that nice recycling bin may look like.

So, as I sit here, that is my reflection on Christmas 2009, at least so far. I am sure once the torn wrapping paper clears I will have more to say, but until then MERRY CHRISTMAS! Where are those cookies?
Christmas Eve.. Why am I blogging? Reviewed by TheKimSix Fix on 7:29 PM Rating: 5 The presents are under the tree, the stockings are filled and the rest of the house is quiet. So why am I not in bed? Because it is only 1...