Ready for Christmas

IMG_2129-minAfter having gotten the question numerous times, I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I don’t care — there will be Christmas regardless of whether I’ve washed everything, cleaned the windows, put up new curtains.

In my «old life», I always took the day off on the 23rd of December to clean and do everything else, like all the cooking. I used to be such a product of my upbringing — apparently my mother’s word was the law! All the clothes out on the balcony for airing, while I scrubbed down the walls in the closet … stuff like that.

The pickled herrings, the ham, one year I was really ambitious and made both my own mayo and mustard. I don’t even like to cook!

Still, I was way behind all the other ladies at work, who I felt were «so much better than I» (!) Today, I’m free of [most of] those feelings. It’s the night before Christmas Eve and I’m not particularly exhausted. We have the food we like, the apartment is clean and that’s pretty much it. I went to Walmart today, expecting the worst, but that was calm and cool. Lots of people, but they were moseying around slowly and seemed happy 🙂

So … to all my blogging buddies; A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!



35 thoughts on “Ready for Christmas

  1. David Bennett

    Lovely –

    Ah, sanity – the wonderful feeling of casting off the ‘must do this’ and the ‘must do that’ of this world.

    Merry Christmas

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Yes, it feels good to free oneself of all those musts, just because somebody else thought it should be that way.

      Merry Christmas

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    And you said you have no artistic talent! LOVE what you’ve been doing – these are aMAzing, Bekah!
    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. Anne-Marie

    OMG – scrubbing the walls in the closet. You were ambitious.
    Good for you to take it more easy now. 🙂
    And it is true, Christmas will come regardless of how much we prepare – or not.
    Merry X-mas to you!

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Just because of my mother 🙂 I’m free of that now … I don’t even iron T-shirts anymore …

      Yes, Christmas came — it’s already evening of Christmas Day so it’s more or less over!

  4. Lori Thatcher

    Merry Christmas Rebekah!
    I used to totally wear myself out. In my case I think it’s both age and distance/absence of the large family that always came to my house that has made this change for me. I’d like to think I gained the wisdom to know the real meaning of the season, but probably not. Merry Christmas anyhow!

  5. Nylabluesmum

    Merry Christmas Rebby & G. & McDuff!!! Isn’t it fabulous to be free of the fetters of ‘getting ready for Christmas’….
    I do not go crazy as I used to. In fact, I am quite opposite now. This year I planned a music day for the 24th (for my 60th Bday) & Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials in the evening. Had pizza supper.
    Today was a quiet day talking with friends on phone & watching Muppet movies….
    Siddhartha Henry & I have played with all his new toys & snuggled & really enjoyed being together. In fact, he is curled up beside me as I type….
    My family did the usual call me 6 days b4 today & ordered me to appear. Unfortunately my Niece got quite a response from me….suffice it to say the Bday call came in very late last nite & I did not answer & today there has been no contact…no big deal at this point. If they bothered to keep in touch with me they would know how difficult this year has been & how much my mobility has declined. I could not have made the 250+ each way trip if my Life depended on it……
    So I am content with Siddhartha Henry & all my family online 😉
    Love & good wishes Sherri-Ellen & ~~head rubsss~~ Dharth Henry~~

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      It all sounds so good, I’m glad you feel that way, and that you had a good b/d. I have one more blogging buddy who’s b/d is on the 24th 🙂

      It’s Christmas Day now, and it feels as if it’s all over. The lads will be leaving tomorrow.

  6. Nylabluesmum

    There is such a build-up to Christmas….it is weird isn’t it? Then the actual day zooms by & people go back to their own insular lives. That is another reason I stay home…
    This playing ‘happy families’ for 2 1/2 days upsets me so much. Then I am ignored the rest of te year….it all seems so artificial….& it IS….
    I am glad you had a good visit with ‘the lads’ & sorry they will leave tomorrow…..

  7. Nylabluesmum

    When did we become so cynical my dear friend?
    I would like to go be with my family but they way I am ignored 362 days a year it is hard to go to them & feel like a REAL part of the family. This year I can not travel that far & they did not even call me yesterday… how much DO they truly care about me???
    The other thing is I need to reserve the Pet sitter beginning of the month & the family KNOW this & yet they wait til it is almost Xmas & get miffed when I can not book the petsitter ^^….. I REFUSE to ‘just throw some food down’ for the cat…ANY cat of mine! Plus Siddhartha Henry needs daily eye treatment & Probiotic powder in his food….all I get is “Why did you adopt ‘ANOTHER SICK’ cat Aunty??”
    So you can see why I am cynical & fed up….so I bless them & send them on their way.
    Dharth Henry & I have had a lovely 3 days together & no stress….Maybe one day the family will figure it out & come to me but I am not holding my breath 😉

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      I hear ya! Loud and clear. I think, what one needs to do is the ever occurring «let go». I have very little family left in my native land, and had I not kept up the correspondence, there wouldn’t have been any contact. I’d rather not write about that here. I’ve spent a number of Christmasses on my own, and felt totally good about that … the only thing I felt bad about, was other people feeling sorry for me. That was awful — I don’t like being pitied.

  8. Nylabluesmum

    I hear you about the pity….I do not want to be pitied; just appreciated. have to say both my friends in the building were lovely to me over the holidays. Ruth invited me to her family Xmas dinner last Saturday & it was fun! I know her Mother & the boyfriend well & the Grandkids adore me & vice versa so it was effortless….
    Reeni cooked enough food so that I have at least 2 suppers of turkey & fixings plus desserts. She has done this every year for the past 5 years….she is a treasure!
    So I am grateful for their friendship & care & realize we don’t always get what we want; but we do get what we need in Life if we just keep our hearts & minds open. (Oh my, getting philosophical; must be the turkey talking!!!)

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Oh, I’m happy to hear that, and that was so well said in the end there — the philosophical/turkey part 🙂 Wonderful to have neighbours and friends like that!

  9. Annakarin

    Lite försenat, men god jul. Underbart vad vacker McDuff är.
    Med stigande ålder håller jag helt med dig, jag gör vad jag tycker om att göra till jul. Inte för att jag måste göra något speciellt.

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Hej och tack! Nu är det över.

      Råkade just titta på en sju år gammal bild av honom … han var så mycket smalare i ansiktet 🙂

  10. Nylabluesmum

    I wrote each of them a ‘Thank You’ note & thy both called to say “Thank You” for the Thank You note! HAHAHA!! I told them both I did not want them to think I take them for granted! They are more my family & I feel blessed.

  11. daydreamer2011

    I get out my “tomtar! and the tree and all the other decorations but about the food I don’t do much! It’s only me, my Mom and son and all we care about is the Christmas ham, some meatballs and the Christmas porridge. All the other stuff we don’t need! Still got the decorations up, Guess I’ll put away al the stuff any day soon but I’ll miss the tree LOL

    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Hey … I have the comments set to ‘moderation’ for the simple reason I NEVER want to miss a comment. Still … here I have. Or it didn’t fly, I don’t know.

      Next time I go back, the first food thing I will have is kalvsylta and rödbetssallad. I’ve been yearning for that since Christmas.


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