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The most wonderful time of the year to not repeat the mistakes of last year

The weather’s getting colder (and, although I’ve been resisting it, I think it’s about time I turn on the heat in here. The cat’s been all up in my business over the past few days, and although it’s flattering, I think it’s less “LOVE YOU, MOM!” and more “ZOMG WOMAN! I AM CHILLY!”) Thanksgiving’s just a few weeks away, and you know what THAT means. Christmas is right around the corner.

Haven’t decided what I’m doing about Thanksgiving this year. I get two days off, but have to be here Friday night for a theater review (and Saturday for work.) But since I’m not able to go home for Christmas again this year (sincerely, Christmas on a Wednesday? HIGHLY unhelpful, especially since we don’t get the day before or after off) it might be nice to jet home quickly, see my family, get some delicious foodstuffs, and then come back in time to review the show Friday night. I don’t usually go home for Thanksgiving, and my family’s not expecting me, but it might be a nice surprise. (And it’d be really nice to have home cooking one night. Thanksgiving dinner is the best.)

Yes, please. Thank you.

Yes, please. Thank you.

But since it’s Christmas alone again this year, I’m not going to fall into the trap of last year. Last year’s Christmas was just about the worst Christmas ever. I had the flu; I was super-depressed on TOP of the flu; I didn’t get to go home so my parents came to visit and gave me gifts but I was so sick with the flu I barely remembered their visit and after they left I fell asleep for 6 hours in the middle of the day; and once I opened presents on Christmas day I went back to bed for the rest of the day, pretty much, and also cried a little and took a lot of Nyquil hoping it would make the fever go away (it didn’t.) I also couldn’t do presents or cards, because I’d been unemployed for months leading up to the holiday and didn’t have enough money to do Christmas right. Or at all, actually.

YOU WILL NOT GET ME THIS YEAR, CHRISTMAS DEPRESSION!

YOU WILL NOT GET ME THIS YEAR, CHRISTMAS DEPRESSION!

THIS year, I have PLANS. First, I totally got my flu shot. BAM, FLU! Unless some weird flu not covered by the flu shot shows up, I am COVERED. I will not spend four days alternately freezing and sweating and eating and then vomiting toast. MERRY CHRISTMAS HERE’S THE FLU, said 2012.

(Also, this is the first year I’ve gotten a flu shot that I haven’t immediately gotten sick afterward. So either that was a flu shot that didn’t work or I’ve become titanium and IMPERVIOUS TO ILLNESS. I’m going to go with the latter. That’d be nice, right? Because last winter I had the flu and then like three random colds one on top of the other and I think I spent more on Dayquil and Kleenex than I did on anything else. They should have let me write those off on my tax return.)

I also have all the plans for Christmas. Lists have already been made. Some gifts have already been purchased; as soon as I write this, more will be purchased. (Can I just say thank goodness for the interwebs? I hate shopping in stores. I love shopping from the comfort of my couch. THANK YOU, INTERWEBS!) My Christmas card list is made. Addresses all in a little row. I know what I’m getting for everyone; I know how much delight everyone will have upon opening their gifts. I know what I’m baking and I know what I’m crafting. I have a plan for my free time between now and December 25. Decorating and baking and shopping and watching of Christmas movies and wrapping and mailing and totally making up for being an absentee human last Christmas.

I’m also not suffering the bigtime sadness I was last year; this is a little bit situation-based and a little bit pharmaceutical-based (PRESCRIPTION pharmaceuticals, I’m not sitting here taking ‘shrooms and licking the walls or something), but however it came about, I’ll take it. That’s a total Merry Christmas to ME, right there.

And when Christmas day comes, and I have the day off, I can sit back and open presents and turn on the tree lights and wear comfy pajamas and it will not at all be the saddest Christmas ever. I can make my own happiness, and I can share that with the people I love, which (surprise!) increases your own happiness beyond measure.

But until then: lots to do. Only 42 days left! Plotting and planning and scheming take time, my little candy canes! Time to go buy some presents! *whoosh*

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15 responses to “The most wonderful time of the year to not repeat the mistakes of last year

  • becomingcliche

    I am going to have a good Christmas, too. I am getting some money together, and then we’re going to be layaway angels and pay off someone’s layaway. That will make me feel all giddy and childlike again!

    Here’s to holiday fun, and no flu!

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, that is AWESOME! I love that! That’s totally going to make someone’s whole holiday. You’re wonderful!

      We do adopt-a-family at work, so I’ll bring in some gifts for that!

      Crossed fingers for holiday fun and NO ILLNESS!!!

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  • Charleen

    Honestly, I’d welcome a few holidays at home. Holidays with family are always more stressful than anything else.

    I think when we start having kids, I’m going to use the “I have a newborn” excuse to take a year off from all that. Unless my kid is born in like March… because then I won’t be pregnant enough to use that as an excuse for not wanting to travel the previous holidays, but the kid won’t be young enough to use as an excuse for the next holidays. And MAYBE I could get out of Easter, but Easter is nothing compared to the one-two punch of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Stupid kid. Ruining my plans before I’m even trying to get pregnant.

    Obviously what I meant to say was, I hope you have a lovely Christmas this year!

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    • lucysfootball

      Our family holidays aren’t bad. We used to (many years ago) run around a lot, but people have passed away and traditions have changed so now it’s just me and my parents, and my brother, if he chooses to grace us with his presence, and my nephew, if it’s his year to be at his dad’s house for the holidays. It’s all pretty quiet and relaxed. Mostly we just open gifts, eat, and nap the rest of the day. My kind of holiday!

      I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving in probably 20 years. I don’t even know what they do. I think just eat. I usually pick up extra hours at my part-time job that day, but this year I might mix it up a little.

      Hee, I’m imagining you planning your pregnancy around holidays and giggling. “I can’t get pregnant NOW! If I do, we’ll have to attend CHRISTMAS!” :)

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      • Charleen

        Actually I’d love to get pregnant in like January/February, for several completely meaningless reasons.

        1) I could announce it on April Fool’s Day and no one would know if it was real or not. I’m not much of an April Fool’s person, but I would be all about this one if the timing worked out.

        2) I wouldn’t be HUGE in the summer months when I’m miserable anyway. (Okay, this one’s not so meaningless…)

        3) The holiday thing.

        I would love low-key holiday like that. Ours are usually super-huge, no matter if we’re with my husband’s family or mine. If we’re getting together with my mom’s side, those are my favorites because it’s 10 people max. But my dad’s family is huge and my in-laws’ is too… plus with that many people, there’s usually some kind of drama going on, even if we aren’t really a part of it.

        *deep breath*

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        • lucysfootball

          No, the summer thing isn’t at all meaningless; I always feel terrible for women who are very pregnant in the summer. It must be so miserable!

          I actually miss our big holidays. The one at my dad’s mom’s house was wonderful. I don’t get to see all those people anymore, and I miss them so much! But we were pretty drama-free. Well, there was loudness, because they do like to get their drink on. But drama? Nah, not much.

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  • summerstommy2

    Great post, I did so enjoy your story. Chrismas in australia is a little different as it is often, what we call, stinking hot’ and if its a cool day then we are blessed. But like yours there’s all the wonderful prep that goes into it. Buy of gifts, I am with you about buying online, how good it that?
    And the magic of the day with kids round and gkids all learning to be excited as well, sharing meals and generally basking in the joy of togetherness. And you are so right about how your level of happiness increases by giving and expressing your love and gratitude to those who are special in your life. I am loving the posts you put up. Thanks.

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! I can’t imagine Christmas when it’s warm. But Australians probably can’t imagine a cold Christmas, either!

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      • summerstommy2

        No and its a real bugger buying appropriate Christmas cards,they have snow and holly on them. As for summer Christmas wrap, no chance there…..but we manage with a lot of cold cut salads, though there are a lot of people who have a hot roast dinner on Christmas day, why? I think because of tradition not common sense when its 35c outside.

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  • wordsmith94

    It sounds weird that you had the flu last Christmas (that’s generally a winter thing and it’s summer during xmas in the land of Aus) but I sincerely hope your vaccine works and there is no sickness to be had!
    I can’t believe it’s approaching that time of year again, but it does mean that I can watch Love Actually to get in the mood! Yay for that :D
    Good luck with all your shopping and Christmassy stuff!

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    • lucysfootball

      Everyone in my office got it around that time of year. It was like a terrible flu epidemic. One after the other after the other. Ugh. So awful!

      I LOVE “Love, Actually.” I never got around to watching it last year, but I’m totally watching it this year!

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  • grrgoyl

    I’ll just bet you buy the best gifts EVER (when you are able to do so). I am jealous of your loved ones.

    Because my schedule is so wonky, and I have to work most Christmases if they fall on a weekday because “the medical industry doesn’t take a holiday,” several years ago we started just celebrating on the nearest day off to Christmas. Can I tell you how lovely it is to be free of the tyranny of one day? Like one year we actually celebrated Christmas before Dec 25, and I went grocery shopping the next day and was perplexed at all the hustle and bustle. “Well, the rest of the world hasn’t had Christmas yet,” my friend reminded me. It was like being in a time machine. (Disclaimer: Christmas is usually just me and Tery, since all our family are thousands of miles away, so this trick might not work for most people.)

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    • lucysfootball

      I do have to brag a little and say I’m quite a gift-buyer. I make lists and such all year round, and take copious notes, and pay close attention when people talk about things they like. I like gifts to be perfect. I love the look on someone’s face when they’ve received something they really love.

      I think that actually sounds awesome. I haven’t done Thanksgiving in years, so my Thanksgiving is a lot like that – it doesn’t even register, and I’m always like, “why aren’t the STORES open? Oh, yeah. Thanksgiving. Dur.”

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