Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Making a List

I was just asked, for probably the 10,000th time in the past two weeks, “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Are we ready? Hmmm, let’s see…….

1) Put up Christmas Tree – Check!

2) Decorate Tree – Score!

3) Buy outdoor lights – Done!

4) String outdoor lights – Easy Peasy!

5) Hang stockings and Jingle Bells – With care.

6) Pound in nail ‘next to’ new front door for wreath – With one or two swings of my mighty wrist (and a few from Lukas)

7) Christmas music – Got my 5 disc changer loaded with everything from The Nutcracker Suite to The Rev. Horton Heat (We Three Kings)

8) Gifts for Lukas – Yes, after scouring the city. (Red toothbrush for the win!)

9) Gifts for Mrs. LIAYF – Mostly. Getting stocking stuffers this afternoon.

10) Christmas Card mailing list finalized – Did a hatchet job last night on last year’s list. Tip: If you have to ask ‘Who is this?’ It’s time for them to ‘go’.

11) Christmas Newsletter created – Mrs. LIAYF working on it as I type this.

12) Christmas Cards sent – See above. So they get them ‘after Christmas’. It’s the thought that counts, right?

13) Christmas Box mailed to out of State nieces and nephews – Er, once again left in the foyer. I’m a Bad Uncle.

14) Gifts Wrapped for Lukas – No. Honey? Sweets? What, you didn’t think I was actually going to do this myself, did you?

15) Gifts wrapped for Mrs. LIAYF –Not yet. Wondering if I can get away with wrapping these in tin foil, like the anniversary gifts.

So, I guess the answer to the question is…..No, we are not exactly ready for Christmas.

In fact, with being sick for the past month, as well as the final preparations leading up to the opening of Mrs. LIAYF’s new business venture, I've been finding it a bit difficult to get into the holiday spirit.

That was, until this morning. As I was getting ready for work I heard, over the monitor, Lukas wake up happy then promptly break into a toddler rendition of Jingle Bells. Yeah, now I'm in the spirit.

Merry Christmas to all!


Mrs. M said...

Well you are pretty close so I bet you will easily cross that finish line. Merry Christmas!

Steve said...

Jingle Bells rocks!

Merry Christmas to the LIAYF household!

PJ Mullen said...

You could always blame the postal service for the cards and packages going out late, I do :)

Have a Merry Christmas.

Dan said...

And to you too sir.

SciFi Dad said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Surfer Jay said...

Are you saying that christmas cards are suppose to arrive prior to christmas day? Wish I knew that before.

Martin said...

That question irks me, are you ready for Christmas?, are you set for the Christmas?

Should I be digging trenches or something?

All the best Mr & Mrs LIAYF and little fella.

john cave osborne said...

#7 i've got something like 12 hours of Christmas music on my ipod that I pipe through the speakers each and every day. we love it. it really helps us get the true spirit and cheer of the holidays.

#10 i've got a saying for this very thing on our list..."when in doubt, scratch 'em out."

Merry Christmas to you, Mrs. LIAYF and most of all to the one who covets the red toothbrush.

Anonymous said...

Nice job...having him "help" with those projects are really cool at this age...soon you can tie a rope to him and send him out on the roof with the lights.
Merry Christmas!!!!

Being us... said...

I cheat and bring the majority of my christmas cards with me to christmas dinner so that I don't have to mail them ahead of time. Some call that smart....others CHEAP!!! Maybe a little bit of both! :)

The man, the dad and the husband said...

I have been ready for Christmas since October my brother. Not so much with the having the gifts bought and cards mailed but mentally, I was singing Jingle bells during trick-or-treating.

Love the list and I look forward to reading some old posts. I am a new dad blogger and just found you so it is nice to meet you and you have a good holiday!

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Mighty M - I didn't quite make it. Wife opened some of her gifts out of the Amazon boxes they came in. #Fail

@Steve - I hope yours was terrific.

@PJ - I wouldn't want to push one of them over the edge.

@Dan - Hope your Christmas was good. The part where you weren't working, at least.

@Scifi - And to you!

@Jay - Next year, I may just cut it out altogether.

@Xbox- I feel like I have been digging trenches for months, and was still not prepared.

@John - The toothbrush was a hit! Happy new year to you and the family.

@MTAE - One day. I can't wait.

@Being Us - I use that trick when possible too. Happy holidays to you all.

@The Man - Welcome to the dad blogging world. It is a great group. Looking forward to checking out your site.

Playstead said...

I don't think I've ever heard Xmas lights referred to as "easy peasy." They are my nightmare every year.

Hope you had a great one.