|Kitchen remodel complete with new paint, countertop and dishwasher. |
Christmas decorating done too, I keep it simple and keep my sanity.
There is so much pressure for most folks to do the right thing, buy the right thing, give the right thing. And for what? From what I see everyone just makes a list or flat out tells you what they want and they expect to get it. To what purpose? Or give cash or gift cards so they can just get what they want. Why? If you want it, get it yourself, that's what we do around here. What does spending money (mostly money people don't really have to spend) have to do with having a happy holiday?
|I wanted the kitchen redone before winter set it, Wayne wanted a new place to put all his stuff|
|maybe not done by Christmas...but close enough that all the stuff has found its way inside|
Such a fuss is made about gift exchanges (luckily we are not in a social or familial situation where we have to participate in any of those) and from the sound of it everyone gets something impersonal that they don't want and plan to re-gift. Why can't people get together without spending unnecessary money? What happened to cocoa, cookies and carols?
|yearly gingerbread house competition at the Grand Geneva|
I got a small box of Harry & David pears for my "new girl" and our neighborhood friends some locally made goodies from River Valley Kitchens. I'm not Scrooge...yet.
|my favorite for 2014|
These are the things that are on my mind when I'm out there hiking and this is sometimes the place those thoughts get dumped. Feel free to skip ahead to the end where I talk about cookies if it's too deep for you.
|I like ribbons and bows|
What I really meant to get into was the whole "Merry Christmas" issue. I'm always taken aback this time of year when perfect strangers ask me if all my shopping is done or tell me to have a Merry Christmas. Am I the only one who finds this a bit overfamiliar and presumptive? While over 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, 5% are Jewish and up to 20% have no religious identity at all.
|No snow here after our "warm" spell and even a few geese still hanging around at the Grand Geneva|
Even presuming the stranger you are addressing theoretically celebrates Christmas, what if they have circumstances in their life where assuming they have a happy family gathering just around the corner is painful for them? What if your offhand enthusiasm to strangers is nothing but a reminder that they just lost a loved one or some other personal tragedy is interfering with their "merry" Christmas? (I swear I'm not projecting....much.) Katrina tells me I take this whole issue too seriously, but she gets the same way when a man makes the mistake of calling her a "girl" instead of a woman. We all have our issues, don't we?
|Goofy's issue is probably thinking "I just know they're going to drag out those|
silly holiday hats and try to make us put them on again this year"
|"I knew it! Bah, Humbug!"|
I do enjoy the light displays and the gingerbread houses and the ribbons festooning the gifts. And let's not forget the only tradition we really have here in the Leonard household which is the annual viewing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation".
Whatever your plans, I hope all my followers do something they enjoy this holiday season with people they like to spend time with. Wayne's working double shifts from now until the New Year, he thinks he might be able to dart home long enough to enjoy a meal with us and open gifts the day after Christmas so that is our plan written in jello.
|My tree is full of woodland creatures to remind me of things more pleasant|
than holiday madness like hiking and breathing fresh air
A much more pleasant post about cookies tomorrow. I'll even give you my date bar recipe! I used to do the big cookie thing but now all I do is date bars for my mother, they remind her of her Newfoundland childhood and they taste yummy. And Katrina talked me into doing some sugar cookie decorating experimenting too. I haven't made sugar cookies in years...I'll post the results, good or bad.