Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas and Oops!

Quiet Christmas

I'll be taking a break from blogging until next Tuesday. Until then, I hope your holiday is going well. Ours looked as if it would be a disaster, but turned out to be quite nice in the end. Best of all, I loved spending Christmas with my family. It's different when they're all home, on their best behavior, and we have absolutely nowhere to go. There must be a way to bottle the euphoria that hangs in the air after all the presents have been opened so we can breathe it in later.

My kids would suggest that I should give them presents all year long, but I had something more spiritual in mind…

In the meantime, leave a comment below. I'd love to know what your most embarrassing ADHD holiday goof was, or, if you suffer from Depression, I'd love to know what gift boosted your spirits the most.

For me, forgetting to buy my daughter's birthday present in time for her birthday yesterday may very well go down as the worst mistake I have ever made. Telling her “it hasn’t arrived yet, but it’s on its way" just doesn't have a ring of sincerity even if it is true.

As for gifts that boosted my spirits, receiving the illustrated Stardust hardcover from my daughters last year is still a high mark. To think they knew me so well really touched me. I love Charles Vess' illustrations. I had been pining for that book for some time, but had not justified the expense. I hadn't even mentioned it to anyone, yet somehow they knew. Most importantly, seeing their relieved, pleased faces at my excitement really made me love them on a new level that day.

On a side note, the most challenging part of the holidays this year has been helping my learning disabled, eight year old understand the reason for the season.

"Who's birthday is on the 25th?" we would ask.
"My sister's!"

Perhaps now that she's watched The Nativity Story and cried at the birth of Baby Jesus, she might remember next year. At any rate, if you aren't Christian I thank you for letting me muse about the holiday in this manner. I suppose I'm just feeling contemplative and happy this morning.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone. Thank you for being such great readers. I enjoy your comments as well as interacting with you on Twitter. I hope this weekend is a good one for all of you.

Until next week…