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Sunday, November 28, 2004

This Time of Year

Thanksgiving is now out of the way. It was much easier to get through then I imagined. Not that I don't like Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. I love eating until I can hardly move and pumpkin pie is my favorite. But, it makes me even more excited for Christmas to get here and it involves spending time with family which I never know how that's going to turn out. My family has a tendency to drive me absolutely insane and I'm horrible about trying to cover up my irritation. I think Brian hates that I'm bitchy to them, but he doesn't understand. His family is pretty normal compared to mine. His family has more drama, but for the most part any weirdness that they might have is usually kept in the privacy of their homes. Not my family. Oh, no. They like to bring their weirdness with them and show it off to the world. It's exasperating really.

I woke up early and did my after Thanksgiving shopping. There wasn't that many great deals, but we did get a free Disney snowglobe which is pretty cute and a $5 gift card to one of my favorite places. Actually we each received one. $10 off isn't too shabby. We bought a really cute Barbie outfit for Brian's 3 year old niece that would make Darby green with envy. Too bad for her. Ha, ha, ha! Just kidding. That's mean, but she'll be okay I'm sure. We didn't actually go crazy this year because we have the kids bought for already. Mainly because Brian is a good deal freak. He sees a good deal on the internet or in a store and buys it. We have a Barbie cruise ship from last Christmas we got free for ordering $50 in Barbies (or close to that amount). Of course, after ordering all the Barbies, Darby had more than enough things for Christmas, so we decided to save it for her birthday. Then another department store had an amazing deal on more Barbies so we bought those for her birthday. We are finally giving her the Barbie cruise ship this Christmas. It's crazy.

Regardless, I had to go out the day after Thanksgiving. I love it. We shopped for six and a half hours and I had fun. Plus, I do it on a matter of principle. I hate when those Fascists start spouting off nonsense about commercialism and spending so much at Christmas and the whole boycotting bullshit of spending money. Blah, blah, blah. Cry me a river.

Hmm, I don't know what that was about but I'm done. I started wrapping the presents and I have learned a new way to tie a bow so my presents will be so pretty. My colors this year are purple, blue and silver. Last year I did all purple, and I wanted to do blue this year. However, I neglected to buy Christmas decorations last year after Christmas so I have to incorporate the few blue things I have with purple. Maybe next year I can do all blue. But, I think I may want to do red and white. There will be an after Christmas shopping trip to get all the decor at half price or more. Otherwise, I won't be able to afford all red next year. We aren't putting up lights. That's okay. I'm happy with decorating the inside.

I just don't understand how some people don't like the holidays. I think it's wonderful. As annoying as they can be I do love getting together with my family. I love when the kids are so excited to open their presents and all they want to do the rest of the day is play with their new toys. And they want to do it together. They rarely fight over anything, even though they may be exhausted. I love pulling out my decorations and my snowman plates and bowls and glasses and mugs. And it's the one time of year that I can be Betty Crockerish. The one time I can be crafty and try and be creative, even though I'm not. And I get to try new recipes, such as the pumpkin cookies I made for Thanksgiving. There's just nothing wrong with this time of year. Sorry Scrooges.


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