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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paint Us A Picture


Now that the majority of the holiday crush is over and we've had a chance to breathe a little deeper, isn't it a strange mix of feelings fighting for supremacy? There's the relief over not having to do so much running around, shopping, doing, planning, cooking, etc. But there's also a postpartum kind of letdown that the big day has come and gone again until next year. Luckily, it's Saturday, so the weekend stretches out before us, and for most of us, that means time off from job demands. And there's still New Year's Eve fun to come.

So, blog buddies, what's the best thing you experienced this Christmas or Hanukkah season...and the worst? Was the company good, but the food only mediocre? The kidlets act like monkeys on crack, but the desserts were as yummy as always? Paint a quick word picture and show us worded snapshots of your 2008 holiday happenings so we'll learn a little more about your corner of the world.
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20 comments:

That damn expat said...

You are correct, I usually feel a swell of mixed emotions after the holidays.
But this year is a little different - I'm getting married in 4 days. So ask me again in a week.
My Christmas was fun and jolly and filled with laughter.

By the way, I love your blog!

Vodka Mom said...

Our Christmas isn't over yet. We have a HUGE celebration tonight, and tomorrow I will finally relax!!!

Michelle H. said...

My word picture...hmm? How about a word list?

Tired.
Bloated.
Enjoyed writing.
Enjoyed writing.
Enjoyed writing... ;)

Janna Qualman said...

The holiday family time made me (as always) soar with love, but "Santa" made me a sad girl this year, with little under the tree. Fortunately for someone, my hubby made it up to me with a kind of shopping spree yesterday... ;)

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Funny you should use the word "postpartum," that's exactly how I explained it to my husband. I've got the "baby blues."

Angie Ledbetter said...

TDE, many congrats to you!!! Talk about a major celebration ahead. Glad your Christmas was jolly. Glad I found your blog -- now I gotta get in there and read a bunch. (Loved the childhood confession story.) :)

Hope your big blowout goes great, Vodka Mom.

Michelle, I can relate to the tired & bloated part. Writing done over the holidays? Not so much.

Janna, lemme know if you need me to kick Santa's bahonkus for ya! (Glad he redeemed himself with the shopping w/ hubby.) :)

Yeah, it's the letdown after the big day, Carrie. The cure, btw, is planning some fun event or getaway (no matter when) so you have something to look forward to.

Morgan Mandel said...

I was still putting up decorations on Christmas Day. I finally got the ceramic tree from the DH's late aunt on the kitchen table and lit it when it got dark. It looked really pretty there. Also, the house looked very neat for a change - until after dinner when all the pots and cooking paraphernalia cluttered up the sink. I saved it all and cleaned it Friday when I had lots more energy.

Then, later Friday I unplugged the tree and put it away with a few other Christmas items, because I had to put towels in those spots for just in case. Had some dripping a few days ago from the shoring up of ice. Heavy rains were predicted for Saturday (today), so that didn't bode well with the snow and ice thawing on the roof.

So far, some seepage in the basement, but no leaking in the kitchen. Either way, my decorations are safe and there are plenty more still up in places that don't usually get wet.

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giddymomof6 said...

Christmas was magical as always! Lot's of giggles and gasps and all the things that make having children scattered around you on christmas day special. It was an awesome day spent vegging and home and just enjoying the hum of new toys and playing board games! Yay! Looking forward to new years too! The holiday weeks are the most relaxing and enjoyable days my family spends together

The Unbreakable Child said...

Christmas was lovely and most peaceful. I enjoyed seeing my daughter's face as we presented her with her deer head, mounted (she bagged her fist deer (4 pt buck) with a bow n' arrow in 2007). We were finally able to afford to have it stuffed and retrieved it from the freezer to get it properly mounted. Hubby hung it on her bedroom wall, which I now suspect will become a good jewelry--coat rack holder. :D

angie said...

Morgan, so glad all your Christmas lovelies stayed dry. Sounds like you need a vacation from the vacation now. :)

Giddy, what a great way to spend time during the holidays...kidlets all around, everyone playing together. Yay!

Kimmi (The Unbreakable Child)...Are you sure there's no Cajun in your girlie? She'd fit in here so well with her deer head jewelery rack. LOL

Jessica said...

ROFL
"monkeys on crack" So, so funny!!
Best thing this year, no sibling squabbles. Worst thing, I couldn't shake my tiredness. Erk.
Hope you had a great one! ;-)

Debbie Schubert said...

Angie, We're in Denver with my family enjoying time together. Chanukah is not that exciting of a holiday, but at least we don't have to take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for it. (Correction: Third mortgage.) We're planning a nice, low-key New Year's Eve ordering in Chinese food and watching old family videos. It's a cozy week with family. What could be better?

Linda said...

I'll try the six-word memoir description of my Christmas and holiday week so far:
Quiet, rest, gratitude, anticipation, peace, connected.

avtcoach said...

My mom and I did not have to cook or spend much time in the kitchen. We broke tradition with a breakfast brunch, Christmas Day movie at the theater and Chicken and dumplings that were already made the day before. It was a great day and I am enjoying a little R & R this weekend!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jessica, so glad the sibs behaved themselves. Now, as for you, go take you a good long nap!

Your plans sound fab, Debbie! (And congrats on getting your pitch critiqued at BookEnds. You got a good grade, friend.) :)

Linda, those are 6 words from the Good & Gracious dictionary. Kudos, and hope the trend continues on into 09.

AVT, plans right up my alley. We did brunch on Christmas Day at Waffle House. So many interesting (nice) experiences there, plus no dishes and everybody got what they wanted to eat. :)

Eric Curtis said...

The best was by far seeing my friend's kid play with the Lincoln Logs I bought him. His dad is a high-tech person, so I thought something simple might make a great gift.

Nothing too bad happened. I will say I've really enjoyed the alone time today. Not to sound anti-social, but being able to do what I want has been terrific.

DebraLSchubert said...

Angie, Thanks for the heads up on the critique. I didn't even know it was there! I guess she'll definitely be getting a query from me. Cheers! Debbie

Barbara said...

Here's my word picture-
WEATHER CONDITIONS- HEAVY SNOW. ROADS ICY. VERY COLD.
LOTS OF DRAMA- FAMILY MEMBERS TRAVELING ON ICY ROADS.
RELIEF- FAMILY MEMBERS ARRIVE SAFELY AT MOM (ME) AND DAD'S (JIM) HOUSE.
JOY- FAMILY SHARING HUGS ALL AROUND.
FOOD- SEAFOOD, TURKEY, SALADS, CAKES, CANDY, GOOD WINE, LOTS OF COFFEE.
GIFTS- FEWER THIS YEAR. FAMILY JUST LOVED BEING TOGETHER. TALKING, LAUGHING, AND SHARING MEMORIES OF THE PAST.
GOODBYE- SO SAD TO WATCH EACH ONE LEAVE--OUT ONTO ICY ROADS AGAIN.
HAPPY ENDING- ALL ARRIVE SAFELY HOME.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Eric, what a great gift idea for the kidlet. Bet he loved it. Glad you got some solitude time too.

You're welcome, Debbie. Glad someone I "know" landed a crit. :)

Barbara, looks like you got the whole Christmas enchilada. Yay!

Hilary said...

No mixed feelings here.. I'm always glad for the quieter times.. except for New Year's Eve. ;)

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