Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas? Already?

How the heck did it get to be the Christmas season?

Every year I sail through November, thinking that I'll have plenty of time to get things ready before the madness begins. And every year, Thanksgiving comes and goes in a wash of stuffing and cranberry sauce, and after a few hours of lying on the couch groaning, I look at the calendar and realize that Christmas is mere weeks away. At which point the panic sets in.

My problem, I think, is that I refuse to think about Xmas -- on principle -- until after the last bit of cranberry sauce is gone and the kids have cracked the wishbone. But if you wait that long, you're almost too late.

I will tell you, though, that my favorite part of Christmas is that first time you go to Central Market and see all the European chocolates wrapped up in gold paper like little presents, and the smell of fresh baked bread, and the carols piping through the speakers... Christmas is an abstraction at that point, a pleasant diversion, not a deadline.

I love that abstraction, by the way, and adore the scents of gingerbread and Christmas trees and bayberry candles, and paper snowflakes and frosted windows. Oh, and homemade fudge -- if you haven't tried Maggie Sefton's mint fudge, you're missing out.

Hopefully I'll get most of the shopping done this week, and can spend the rest of the season downing eggnog and feeling smug. (Hope springs eternal, I guess.) In any case, hope your holiday seasons are off to a good start, and I'll be thinking of you as I take down the rest of the Halloween decorations! (Or glue Christmas stockings to the pumpkins.)



At 1:03 PM, November 28, 2007, Blogger ¬©Hotbutton Press said...

Oh, I do hope you give us a link to Maggie's Mint Fudge! Happy Hols!


At 8:06 AM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Nicholas McRae said...

Christmas has always been a crazy stressful time. :P And now, there's just one more worry hanging over December as I wait to hear back from the editor who's got my manuscript.
Augh! How do you do it? The suspense is murdering me. I've put together another manuscript while waiting, and that kinda' took my mind off watching my cellphone and e-mail, but, well, that's done, too. There's a ton of editing to do, but what then? Two novels on the farm? Twice the worry?

At 4:24 PM, December 18, 2007, Blogger Cobbalicious said...

Good luck getting it all together! I'm sure those pumpkins would look great with stockings on them.

At 9:25 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...

I don't have a link, alas... but it's in Killer Stitch, I think. Thanks, hotbutton... and Happy Holidays to you, too!

At 9:25 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


I'm not sure how you do it; if you figure it out, let me know. I still stress. I guess moving onto the next project is my best strategy.

Congrats on all the progress you've made! Any news?


At 9:26 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


One year we had a valentine's spider on the front porch. We never did clear it up after Halloween. And yes, there are a few pumpkins still hanging around...

Happy Holidays!

At 4:03 AM, December 28, 2007, Blogger Nicholas McRae said...

Naah, no news yet. I reckon the holidays may be slowing things down a little. If no word comes by mid January, then I'll send out a ping.


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