Okay – don’t throw rotten cranberries or tell me to go stick my head up the cavity of a turducken (Seriously – they stuff a turkey with a duck then stuff the duck with a chicken and THEN stuff it in a person?) but I’m ready for Christmas.
The house is decorated. Here’s a corner of my office. I even have it decorated:
The shopping is done.
The gift boxes are in the mail.
The Christmas cards went out today.
The menu is planned.
The Christmas music is playing … you get the picture.
The presents are even wrapped – maybe because of all this good help?
I don’t understand it. Not that I’m one of those (not mentioning any names, Kylie) who sometimes runs right down to the wire, but this type of organization and situational awareness makes me jittery. I’m NEVER this prepared at this stage of the game, consequently it has me wondering: What have I forgotten?
Well, I’ve made my list and I’ve checked it more than twice (and if you’re naughty, no, you aren’t on it) and all seems right with my world.
I’ve finally decided to quit sweating it and just enjoy. I think that the honest truth is, this is the first Christmas season in YEARS that I haven’t had book deadline looming. For more years than I can remember, I’ve had to fit Christmas in around a deadline and the pressure, at times, has been intense. That’s what I’m missing this year. The pressure. And it feels spectacular!
I even have a little gift for you all. One of my favorite recipes in the world:
2 STICKS BUTTER OR MARGARINE
2 C FLOUR
12 OZ COTTAGE CHEESE
Mix dough with fork. Should be pie crust consistency.
Separate into 3 tennis size balls
Dust counter with powdered sugar (instead of flour) and roll each ball into approx 12 inch circle.
Cut into 12 pieces (like pizza)
Roll up each piece from outside of circle in, into crescent rolls shapes.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.
When cool, drizzle with frosting made of powdered sugar and milk
Makes 36 of the most delicious 2 bite sized morsels you’ll ever taste.
Oh – and for that hard to buy person on your list? Here’s a suggestion: SEAL of My Dreams. It’s the gift that gives way beyond the person who receives it.
What about you? Are you feeling the pressure this year? How’s that shopping coming along? What tricks do you employ to keep your sanity and good nature during this season of giving and sometimes stress?