I'm not completely a Grinch, but sort of more this year than other years. Normally I'd be all up for decorations, only this year - with the remodeling in mid swing - it feels like just one more thing we'd have to clean up. Almost like, "Can we just skip Christmas this year? I'd be willing to make it up next year with double Christmas." I'm not wanting to bake (which isn't so new), I'm not wanting to decorate, I'm not wanting presents, I'm not wanting to shop and spend money.
Because when you're changing things in the house on the scale that we are, even though not a ton of money is going in to it, it all feels so... I don't know... costly? Like you really notice how much you spend on things, and when you are trying to find a place to put all of those toys they already have, and you clean out your cabinets and find appliances you didn't even remember were there... it seems like we don't need more stuff.
And, like it or not, sometimes it feels like Christmas is really all about the "stuff". The decorations, the preparation, the food and gifts and wrappings. I've not been playing holiday carols at home, except for the tree and the gingerbread houses the house is undecorated (and covered in drywall dust no matter what we do). I'd consider it a successful Christmas if I got my cabinet bases all stained before the big day (upper AND lower) - and we have company coming to stay with us right after Christmas. Our dining room is full of what normally resides in cabinetry, and I hope to God our upstairs hall bathroom is usable by then. If not? We're going to be in a world of hurt regarding getting those guests showered.
I haven't plotted our Christmas card strategy yet, which means I haven't even snapped a picture of the kids for the card.
So, Bah Humbug, sorta...
I mean, today is the first day that really felt like the holiday was on it's way and might be worth celebrating. The annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party thrown by our dear friends was this afternoon, and the neighborhood ornament exchange thrown by T.Z. was this evening. So much fun - and so festive. Maybe it'll be enough to kick my behind in to high gear and get some holiday prep work done...
I'll pull it together for the kids, but honestly? I'd like to not accumulate more "stuff" this year.