is it dec.26, yet??

Oh, Christmastime, oh, Christmastime…..someone please save me! I know, I know…I am supposed to love this time of year. I am supposed to take great pleasure in watching the magical spirit of the season at work with my foursome. I am supposed to love watching their faces light up as they lovingly open the pile of gifts under the tree. I am supposed to love the wintery mix of snowy weather. I am supposed to embrace and live for the threat of ‘you better behave or Santa won’t come’. And let’s not forget about how much I am supposed to look forward to visiting relative upon relative within a 24 hour period.

Ah, yes…tis the season. Instead of those glorious situations, I get to experience the greediness of my kids as they tear through their modest stack of gifts, only to ask ‘is that all?’  I get to muddle through snow day after snow day (I know it isn’t usually that many, but it sure as heck seems like it!!!). And even if there is no snow, I honestly start to lose my mind trying to keep track of 4 pairs of gloves, hats, coats, boots and all of the other much ‘needed’ winter accessories.  And I have never gotten the whole Santa threat thing. Do I really expect my kids to buckle down and be angels for a strange large man with a white beard? And do I really want them to?? I would rather focus on their behavior all year long.  And the family…..I do love being around our extended family (well, for the most part), but wouldn’t it do us all some good to spread it out a little?? Seriously there is only so much love you can squeeze into the days surrounding Christmas.

Well, don’t I just sound like Mrs.Scrooge! I’m really not, or at least I put on a brave face and never let on that I count the days until Dec.26 (I need an Advent calendar for that!). There are things that I embrace about the holidays. The baking….it’s such a good excuse to use as much butter as possible!! And it is nice not to have to rush around in the mornings and get everyone to school. I am hoping my kids are getting to the age where they can start to think about others who are less fortunate at Christmas and start to be a little more grateful for what they have (and I am sure I will get around to being  jolly…it just takes some time!).

The whole basis of this blog is ‘surviving the insanity of life with some good noise’ and that could not fit better at this time of year! All the cool bands are making Christmas albums or at least participating in a compilation with other artists. And there are some good ones out there! It is what gets me through….I can turn it up loud while the kids run circles inside the house (since it is usually too cold to go outside) full of the sugar and sweets that I spend my free timing making since it is one of the things I like about the season (yes, I see the irony in that).  I had planned on creating this awesome Christmas playlist to share, but that isn’t going to happen.  I am running out of time (unless you guys are okay with getting a New Years playlist, but I am not sure that would be the same). So, I think I will try to post a song a day or so and spread Christmas cheer that way! So, let’s start with…..

The Killers: Cowboy Christmas Ball  (this video is phenomenal!)

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