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Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Grinchmas...

By Andris Bear, The Countess of Sass

So I'm having a bit of trouble connecting with my holiday spirit this year. Normally, I adore everything there is to adore about Christmas--the lights, the music, the food, the gifting and most definitely, the family.

It's the one time of year my natural tendencies--you know, the sweet docile ones--are tempered.

Mostly.

Road Rage? Never. Not with festive reindeer antlers sticking out of my car windows, no sir.

Snark? Why, I wrap her up tight with a pretty bow and tuck her away to be opened with the new year, fresh and rested.

This time of year brings out the best in me.
Yeah, about that...


I'm feeling super Grinchy.
I've never been so merry and bright.
It's no great secret why, but I still feel like a heel for wanting to boot Christmas right in the package.

From my husband's awesome promotion to Detective (Yay! *throws confetti*) and having to drop hundreds on a new and appropriate wardrobe to spending the last two weeks teaching middle-schoolers hopped up on "good cheer," I've not had any time to shop for those on my list.

 Add to that some very unexpected home repairs (love those!) and an upcoming 12 hour road trip with three kids and a dog....
Holly Jolly is soooo not what I'm feeling. In fact, I don't think I'll reach Holly or Jolly without the assistance of some very spiked eggnog (think 2/3 alcohol to 1/10 eggnog. You do the math).

I don't even like eggnog, but will that stop me?

No, no, it won't. I'm going to enjoy the nog right out of it.

My only coping mechanism is to withdraw into my writing, delving into the stories where anything and everything goes wrong and makes me happy. Because it's supposed to go wrong there.

Oh wait. I haven't a moment to scratch my butt in peace much less sit at my computer for two uninterrupted minutes. No wonder I'm staring down the barrel of a Grinchmas this year.

How is your season going? Ever had one that you just wanted to live through?

23 comments:

  1. Andris ~ Last Christmas was especially difficult for me. If anyone even said the word "Christmas" I'd break into tears, and did on more than one occassion. (1) It wasn't my year to have my son. (2) I wasn't going "home" for Christmas. So I was going to be alone without my child. Luckily, Deb Marlowe and Sabrina Jeffries invited me to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so I had somewhere to be. I don't know what I would have done without them last year.

    As for finding time to shop... I don't know what I'd do without Amazon and prime shipping. Who has time to go to a store? Who has time to wait in line? Not me, I can tell you that.

    Good luck with your Grinchmas. I bet once you get to where you're going, you'll be your festive holiday self. :)

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    1. Awww, Ava, I bet that was a rough time. As much as I hate the 12 hour ride, I would be depressed if we couldn't see family at Christmas. :(
      Don't you love Amazon Prime?! I've purchased lots of Christmas gifts from Amazon, but the remaining items on my list must be picked up. And the kids are home and the hubs is now on a "normal" work schedule, so I can't shop! Ack!
      Merry Christmas, Ava!

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  2. LOL--Andris, your photoshop skills never cease to amaze! That is classic.

    I'm sorry you are feeling Grinchy! Skip the nog, go straight for the booze, put your feet up and sit with the Christmas tree in the dark--maybe that will jump start your holiday spirit!

    :-)

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    1. Deb,
      The photoshop is Ava's fault-she got me started on it. *ducks behind the safety of my desk* ;] I'm not that good, but I love to play on the stupid thing all stinking day. What a delightful time suck!
      I'm sure once we've reached our destination and the family is crowded around me, I'll find my Christmas spirit. How could I not when I'm surrounded with love?
      Merry Christmas, Deb!

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  3. Andris,
    I can totally relate this year! The first two weeks in December I worked more hours than normal, so that didn't leave me any time to shop. And then it seems like we've had something going on every weekend since mid-November, which again left me no time to do anything. But last Friday our daughter received an unexpected invitation to sleepover at a friend's house, so my hubs and I took advantage of the free time to get our shopping done. At least most of it is finished.

    In addition, we are having our bathroom remodeled and our house is trashed. I don't want to get any extra decorations out and add to the chaos. I'm really looking forward to January when nothing is going on. Usually I dread it. So... I guess I'm Grinchy, too. :D

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    1. OMGorgonzola Samantha! Me too-this hectic pace started mid-November and I haven't been able to catch up since. Luckily, I'm not tearing up a bathroom though. However, my house looks like I've been testing missiles. When mommy works the house doesn't get cleaned! And now that I'm not subbing, I still don't want to clean! Ha!
      Merry Christmas, Samantha!

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  4. Right with you, Mrs. Bear.

    This season...I found out I need to have a gaping hole cut into my gut and my girlie parts removed, one of my friends was diagnosed with cervical cancer, another friend just kicked her man out for an affair with a prostitute, and now my Big Girl announces her visit to the dentist is going to ring up to three grand. Fa la la la...lala la la.

    UMMMM. Grinch-nog. Why, yes. Thank you


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    1. Oh my gosh, Mari! I'm so sorry--about all of it! That is a lot of stress for one person, and certainly leaves little room for holiday cheer. ;[ Three grand?! Are they giving her a whole new set of teeth?! Yikes! *passes the Grinch-nog* Big hugs, girl.

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    2. Well. thanks.. Nope.. two fillings and a root canal. But I will find some cheer.

      Family comes and goes this Sunday for a holiday open house. I'm only doing snacks and soup. Easy-peasy. Grown kids will be gone.

      The Brit and I are having a quiet dinner Christmas night at a nice Indian restaurant. No cooking or cleaning for me!

      So. not as bad as all that. LOL


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    3. One of the few things great about living far from family is that I don't have to host the holidays--I'm the world's worst hostess (ask Erica Monroe. She and her hubs got stuck at my house for Thanksgiving). I do like the idea of soup and snacks rather than a full on dinner-so much easier!
      No doubt you and your Brit will enjoy a wonderful Christmas together!

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  5. Yay! Another Grinch. I've been feeling very alone in my Grinchiness this year. I'm just trying to ignore all of those things that bring out the bah humbug in me and enjoy my first Christmas in North Carolina. It isn't always easy, but I've had some wonderful friends take me under their wings to help. :)

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    1. Aww, I'm so glad you're not spending Christmas alone! That would be very difficult. :( The good thing about a new place is you get to start new traditions. Hopefully next year pulls you out of your Grinchness and into the holiday cheer!

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  6. With all the baking and other crafty things I'm making this year as gifts, I gave up on trying to write. Too much stress and not enough quiet time. I was already behind and needed the stress release.

    At least until next week when hubby and the inlaws will be around to watch the kids. I hope to escape the chaos and write...or design a cover or change some of my meta data or write my author newsletters or any number of writerly things I've put off. Sigh.

    Deep breathe and it will all work out. I promise the world won't end if it doesn't get done. Well at least until tomorrow.

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    1. Beth, I've been so horrible in my Grinchness this year that I've baked NOTHING! Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions with the kids and sadly, I've done none of that this year. :( Ack! Just typing it out brings on a load of guilt. Bad mommy!
      Yeah, I've not written for a couple weeks. As nice as the break is, I'm twitchy. It's like a little devil whispering in my ear that I can't put it off forever. Ugh.

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  7. Oh yes, many times I've been a Grinch and just wanted Christmas to be OVER! Those were the years following the death of my mother at Christmas. It just made me very depressed and I had a hard time with all of the celebrations. However, I met a young woman who has become our "adopted" daughter. She had lost her mother at Christmas when she was just 15. Together, we have helped each other learn to love Christmas again. It's about sharing it with the people who are here with us and remembering with love the ones we've lost. We cannot let our sadness overtake this time of year for which we should be grateful for all of the things we have and have had. So, Merry Christmas. Relax and enjoy it.

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    1. Oh Connie, I can totally understand wanting to push Christmas aside after your mother passed--nothing is the same without our moms. :( I'm so glad you found a way past your grief to enjoy it again. I'm grateful I'm only Grinchy because of crankiness not because of loss. I hope your Christmas is beautiful this year, Connie. :)

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  8. DUDE!!! I'm totally not done, and I hate it. It makes me all Grinchy, but what can I do? Grit my teeth and go with the flow. :D <--------ME!

    Merry Christmas and I hope that 12 hour trip goes smoothly.

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  9. Yeah, I still have several gifts on my list. Ugh! It is stressing me out not to have everything wrapped and packed for our trip! Why do I do this to myself EVERY HONKING YEAR?!
    Merry Christmas, Marquita!

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  10. It's gonna be a weird Christmas for us - our son is coming home but La daughter is working on a hit off-broadway play (Fancy Nancy) which is a good problem, but she can't come until January 6. Don't know what it will be like Christmas morning. She did find an orphan party to go to so she wouldn't be alone (and don't you love the name of the party - no guilt there) I don't know if I'm finished, but I've quit so I guess it's the same. I'll think about you on your long trip - it is nice that mine are big enough to come to me - eventually.

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    1. Donna! Congrats to your baby girl! That is a fantastic accomplishment! It stinks that she won't be able to make it on Christmas day, but she'll get there. Eventually. Lol. I hope your holidays are still a joy for you and your family! Merry Christmas, Donna!

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    2. Thanks and back atcha. I'm really proud - she graduated in May and just moved to NY all on her own. She's good, but I didn't know they'd figure it out so soon

      Merry Christmas!

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  11. Sorry you're feeling so Grinchy. I know how much you love your computer time. And I know you're just dying to receive a new ms from your favorite CP. lol! I'm sure you'll get through the season with your snark intact, making everyone else's holiday hollier and jollier, despite your sickly green complexion. ROFL! (Love that pic, BTW.) I'm having a wonderful holiday so far. The world didn't end today, I'm now officially a 5 year breast cancer survivor, my youngest daughter has her own place, and my oldest is home for Christmas for the first time since 2008. Oh, and I'm working on edits I should have sent back to my editor at TWRP before they shut down for Christmas. But who cares? It's Christmas! Now share some of that eggnog with me!

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  12. Lilly,
    I am so happy to hear you're having a great Christmas! We can't all be Grinches at once! Lol. Congrats on 5 YEARS CANCER FREE! That is such a wonderful milestone. I know how happy you are to have both your girls this year, so enjoy that visit! Edits can wait! Merry Christmas, Lilly!

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