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Monday, December 04, 2006

Bah, Humbug

Around here the radio start playing ONLY Christmas music starting at the beginning of November. This annoys me. Christmas music is fine. But, before Thanksgiving? And, even now, I can't bring myself to listen to those stations because it irks me more than I can stand that they play ONLY Christmas music. Can't they play my favorite songs with a couple of Jingle Bell Rocks here and there?

There is a station that I like that plays 80's music on the weekends. I was looking forward to having some alone time in the car (which means I don't have to listen to Mary Poppins or VeggieTales) and I immediately flipped to this station. NO 80's MUSIC! They were having some radio-thon to get people to provide gifts for needy families. I see this is making me sound selfish--like I don't want needy families to get gifts. They deserve to have a happy Christmas and I'll do my best to serve others and help out like I do all year. But, do they need to hijack my ONLY radio station for the WHOLE weekend?

One of my errands was to Hobby Lobby. The local news station anchors were the bell ringers for Salvation Army. There was a camera and a whole bunch of people crowding around giving money. Not me. I marched right on past them into the store. Who cares if they show me on the news not throwing money into a big red pail? Do people actually still carry cash on them? I guess some do. Don't mind me. I get mad if people in front of me in the checkout line write a check. Apparently some people still use cash and checks to buy things. I've also heard that there are people without blogs.

Saturday night was the church Christmas party. I've already mentioned it interfered with the Big 12 Championship game. It's okay. Nebraska hasn't been to one of those since 1999 so they probably weren't counting on it this year. The worst part about the party? We had to dress up! Now that I'm a full-time stay at home mom, my Sunday best are really just Sunday clothes. I never really have to dress up for anything else so I don't have a lot of clothes anymore. Plus, I hate going to an activity where I'm going to be chasing kids and wearing a skirt. I have a hard enough time on Sunday. Why are they making me do it for a party? I've also noticed that some people have kids that sit still. How does this happen? Can someone teach me? Eva would not sit with me AT ALL! They had us going all around the church for different activities and my kids were running away left and right. Not fun. How the heck am I supposed to get Christmas cheer with all the chaos?

I don't know what happened to me yesterday (it certainly wasn't church---that was a disaster with my kids going every which way) but I felt a sudden urge to put up a wreath. I don't have a wreath. I've never had a wreath. I barely get enough into Christmas decorating to put up a tree. But, for some reason I NEED a wreath. One like this. Martha not included.


  1. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I remember that radio station. When I worked at CGC the other two girls in my office wanted to listen to it. It drove me nuts! How was I suppose to get any work done with that crap before Thanksgiving. We also had to decorate our office! We were insurance claims people, we weren't suppose to happy and in good moods.

    How's the work outs going and the new trainer? I haven't worked out in a week! I've had this crappy cold since after Thanksgiving. I'm going to the doctor today, hopefully they give me some good stuff. Like that awesome codeine cough syrup....doubtful, with my luck.
    Bah Humbug!

    It's hard to be festive when you feel like crap.

  2. Amen to all of that. . .my Saturday office that I work in started playing 106.3 in November and they started the Christmas music that first weekend in NOV! I walked in and said. . ."no way, this is WAY too early". No dice. dang, I guess I need to take my ipod. I will scream if I have to hear Karen Carpenter sing Merry Christmas Darling one more time.

    You could have been like me and just claimed ignorant to the whole dress up thing on Friday night, Matt mentioned it right when I'm ready to go out the door (I thought it started at 6:30, not 6) and I said, I'm not changing everyone including me, let's go.

    And the only time we put something in the Salvation Army thing is when my kids are with me (rarely) and they want to throw a couple of pennies in (I never have cash or change either!!) We DO gifts from the Salvation Army tree thing at Matt's work, so nobody better call me a Scrooge.

    Hey, I'd get together with you and make one of those wreaths in too shakes. . .let me know if you wanna!!

  3. Anonymous11:48 AM

    The people we share a stairwell with have a wreath and it smells so good! That's good enough for me.

    I don't donate to the Salvation Army because I'm opposed to some of their policies. You give at church so you should be exempt.

  4. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Don't even get me started on the radio... it drives me crazy!! :)

    I was at Hobby Lobby last week thinking the exact same thing. Who carries cash anymore? I may have a couple quarters laying around, but I'm sorry... I save those for parking downtown. I don't know how many times I have to park in a garage for a 5 second errand because I don't have any loose change.

    As for decorating... I'm having a really hard time this year. We aren't going to be here for Christmas to enjoy it; However my sister is going to be house/dog sitting. So I should probably make it all festive, right? (Cross fingers... please say no, please say no...)

  5. Deb-your sister won't care!

  6. Houses in our neighborhood had lights up and on before Thanksgiving. I don't get it. By the time Christmas is actually here, I'm sick of looking at them. When they are up for so long, they are no longer special around the actual holiday. We haven't done anything yet. We're the scrooge house with no landscaping and no lights. Now the wreath...Must. Have. It. I'd love to make one like that!