Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Slapping Xmas together at the last minute, as usual .....






Here at MBIAJ (Moonbeams in a Jar) we are, as usual, slapping Christmas together at the last minute. All Departments are running behind and are at risk for a complete meltdown. The Cookie Baking Dept has, as usual,cheated and resorted to refrigerated cookie dough --- and trying to hide the evidence (note cookie dough wrapper in the garbage can --- for Pete sake, at least do a better job of hiding the wrapper!) .... and the Cookie Baking Dept almost burned those cookies because they were also trying to get that stack of *#@*!# paperwork finished by tomorrow and not paying attention to the timer.

Then there's the Gingerbread House Assembly Dept. (Evan is the head of this dept.) -- we've had a few cave ins , but nothing that can't be fixed by another few blobs of icing. The thing is, this house has been under construction for about 2 weeks now, with countless kids "working" on it -- I think it's probably a hotbed of bacteria by now ...... hmmmmm..... I'm thinking this will just be for show and not for human consumption!!

Next is the report from the Tree Decorating Dept : box of 3 scraggly "Charlie Brown" type trees purchased yesterday at JoAnn's -- felt a tree or 2 was needed in the foyer and a small table top tree was needed in the little dining room (aka known as the "useless room" by husband and kids -- it's supposed to be a dining room, but it's pretty tiny, so I have it set up as a little sitting room). Anyway, progress report on the 3 scraggly trees: trees taken out of box and assembled ..... that's it so far.
Progress report on main tree in the living room: 98% decorated (amen to that!)

Now we'll hear from the "Stockings Hung by the Chimney with Care Dept". Progress report: haven't found the #!&*@# stockings yet .... they must be in one of those boxes still sitting in the living room. Can we PLEASE get those #!%*@ boxes OUT of the living room ?!?!!!!!!

Last, but certainly not least is the report from the "Outside Lights and Other Outside Decorations Dept". Progress report: ummmmmm........ we currently have 3 leftover Halloween pumpkins frozen solid to the floor of the side porch. Plan: chip the frozen pumpkins off of the porch, throw to squirrels and other wild life in the back yard, and string some fake garland up. We are proud to report that the Fall wreaths were actually put away 3 days ago and the Christmas wreaths were put up ......however, the entire "Outdoor Lighting Committee" seems to be missing in action ...... we'll just have to bask in the glow of the lights from the guy across the street and the guy next door......

OK, people, back to work .... but ya know what? ...... just like the Grinch found out from the Who's down in Whoville....whether I'm ready or not, Christmas will come no matter what !.......so, with that thought in mind, I think I'll just go get my jammies on and go to bed !!

Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

5 comments:

Nancy said...

You need some Christmas Cheer and a wife. I think every working woman needs a wife. The wife can do all the shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning. Then you get to do all the fun stuff, like taking a bubble bath and wrapping presents and caroleing....lol

I have the same Charlie Brown tress in my family room. I just put white lights on them. They look so pretty....

Nan said...

Hang in there, kiddo! It'll all be over before you know it! Love all your photos and words. I agree with Nancy - you definitely DO need a wife! Or, how about an elf or two? LOL! I bet Santa would share!!

Cheryl said...

Boy sounds like all your departments are in full swing!! Love the post, you had me cracking up! And that old Grinch was right, Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not! Merry, Merry!

Angie said...

ROFLMAO this is just the most wonderful post!!!! Now I don't feel so alone out here in my jammies wondering how in the world poor ole Santa is going to pull it all off THIS time! ROFLLLLLLL

Amanda said...

I love the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". I, too, would love for everything to be perfect during Christmas, but it just doesn't happen. It would be nice if regular life didn't happen at Christmas.

I didn't pull out near the decorations that I usually do. I do, however, have all of my Christmas quilts displayed. If it weren't for them it wouldn't look too Christmasy around here. I was looking at the Christmas tree. I don't even have the star on top of it, yet, and we just had our Christmas this morning!! lol

I have, though, spent tons of time with my grandkids. A radio station here in town has been playing Christmas music every day since the middle of November. I have worn my Christmas sweaters, even though Stacy and Clinton on "What Not to Wear" say not to. I put out my quilty Nativity. My grandkids love for me to read the story about Jesus being born and they move the character of the nativity as I read. So maybe the cookies aren't being cooked for the neighbors this year, the tree looks a little straggly, I haven't blogged all December, and the decorations aren't all out, but it has been a wonderful Christmas season. Thanks for helping me to realize that! :)