I’m Making A List; I’m Re-blogging It Twice

1 Dec
Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s the first of December so I thought I would start as I mean to go on: blogging about Christmas.  Or, to be accurate, re-blogging about Christmas.  This is the third time this post has been posted on December 1st.  I have to re-post it – it’s on the list.

Don’t judge me – I bet there isn’t one of you who hasn’t ‘re-gifted’ in your time. Besides, I’ve had lots of new readers this year who haven’t seen it before. You know I’m not one to waste a good post; or even a bad one.

Because we are big on tradition, our Christmases tend to be the same; only the presents change.

January 2

Take down the tatty remains of the Christmas decorations. Store in Christmas boxes, Christmas sacks, Christmas bags and Christmas suitcase for easy identification in the loft next December.

January 3

Hit the sales (only 356 shopping days left to Christmas). Queue for two hours to get into car park. Buy nothing except the one available unbroken half-price tree decoration.

February 3

Christmas credit card statement arrives.  Read it and weep.

March 13

Tilly Bud’s nagging finally coincides with the Hub’s first good day of the year and Christmas decorations are returned to the loft after standing in the upstairs hallway for two months.

NB Now that we have had loft ladders fitted, the nagging is reversed and the Hub insists I drag my lazy backside up there and put away the decorations that I wanted down in the first place.

September Onwards

Christmas adverts start on telly. Ignore them while applying sun block for Indian summer. Ignore the Hub growling, ‘I hate Christmas, I do.’ Complain to everyone we know about how Christmas comes earlier each year but don’t mention the suitcase full of presents we already have stashed away.  

At some point in November see Coca-Cola ad; immediately share on Facebook that Christmas is now officially coming.

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Fourth Saturday Before Christmas

Begin watching Christmas movies on Saturday afternoons to get in the festive mood: It’s A Wonderful Life; While You Were Sleeping; Sleepless In Seattle; Terminator 2 (if you’ve been present at some of our Christmas Dinners you’ll get the connection); save the greatest Christmas movie ever made, A Muppet Christmas Carol, until beloved first fruit of my loins comes home for Christmas. Begin boasting to harassed friends about the suitcase full of presents we have stashed away that means our Christmas shopping is complete before anyone else has even started.

NB Didn’t happen this year.  Begin hating the better organised people in the world and waste good shopping time on fuming.

December 1

Make list of Christmas cleaning jobs. Stretch out on couch to recover, watching naff Christmas movie on tv.  Weep at the wonderful Christmas message about families and being grateful for what we have it contains.  Start hinting to the Hub and Spud that we must get the tree and decorations down from loft.

Change blog background to cheesy Christmas theme. Add snow. Refuse to apologise to readers.

Re-post Christmas list post with apologies for re-posting.  It can’t be helped; it’s a Christmas tradition; it must be, it’s on the list.

December 9

Search for tree and decorations in loft.

December 10

Search for tree and decorations in loft.

December 11

Find tree and decorations in loft.  Get down tree and decorations from loft. Put on cheesy Christmas music to get everyone in the mood. Argue about cheesy Christmas music. Erect tree. Argue. Dress tree with lights and tinsel with boys. Take boys off tinsel. Take lights and tinsel off tree.

Watch the Hub dress tree with lights and tinsel in the correct manner. Sulk.

Share decorations equally between family. Spend ages arguing about who has the most/least/best/yuckiest decorations.

Collapse exhausted into bed.

December 12

Revise December 11’s activities on blog post: since Tory Boy left home, Spud became a teenager and the Hub insisted on being a Christmas Curmudgeon, Tilly puts up the tree by herself, over three days, listening to cheesy Christmas music without male moaning in the background.  

Also manages to get tree up by December 11th and clear up the mess. Accidentally vacuums half the tinsel left dangling from the tree since the Hub abdicated responsibility.

December 14

Christmas grocery shopping.

What happened in the supermarket stays in the supermarket.

December 15

Stop shaking.

December 16

Attend carol service with brass band and remember what Christmas is all about: carol singing and brass bands.

Christmas Eve

Lunch time: Take flowers to Dad’s grave (he died Christmas Eve 2000). Miss him.

Ten minutes after lunchtime: Open first bottle of wine/tin of chocolates/box of biscuits.

Afternoon: Throw ecstatic arms around returning first fruit of my loins.

Four p.m.: Attend Christingle at church.  Stick sweets and candles in oranges and remember what Christmas is all about.

A picture of a christingle, picture taken by m...

A picture of a christingle, picture taken by myself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dinner Time: Welcome beloved nephew into the fold.

Send excited children to bed on the one night of the year they want to go at six p.m. Spend next eight hours telling them, ‘Santa won’t come until you go to sleep, darlings.’ (Translation: ‘Get to sleep now, you little brats; we’re knackered!’)  What?  Just because they’re sixteen and twenty-two, doesn’t mean they don’t get excited about getting free stuff.

Cook turkey, gammon, quail (possibly) and chicken; prepare vegetables. Stay up till two a.m. to welcome Santa. Go to bed, leaving on all lights to deter burglars with no Christmas spirit.

Christmas Day

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Six-O-Three: Woken by excited chatter of two children raiding their stockings.
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Six-O-Five: Recover from winding caused by excited dogs jumping onto bed, excited by excited children.
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Six-O-Seven: Set up video camera to tape every magical moment as children wait excitedly in the hall.

Seven-O-Seven: Finally accede to the Hub’s assertion that it might be Tilly Bud’s camera, which he knows because he bought it for her, but trust him, he knows what he’s doing and can set it up perfectly well, thank you very much; and stop that sulking, you misery, to which children add, Yeah, Mum.

Seven-O-Eight: Film delight on boys’ faces as they enter Santa’s grotto (temporarily set up in living room).

Seven-Fifteen: Start unwrapping presents, taking turns so that everyone sees what everyone else has got and thanks can be given and received.

Ten-Fifteen: Finish unwrapping presents. Make traditional Christmas breakfast of toast so that everyone has a stomach lining before inevitable munching of Christmas goodies begins.

Ten-Sixteen: Send exhausted Hub to bed for a few hours.

Ten-Thirty:  Everyone not sleeping, dresses. Boys disappear to their rooms to play with their new toys, leaving Tilly to clean up. Tilly stretches out on empty couch with Maltesers and one of her new DVDs  ignoring mess. Thinks about starting dinner. Snores.

Two-Fifteen: Wake Hub to give his stomach time to prepare to eat large Christmas dinner.

Four-Fifteen: Eat large Christmas dinner.

Rest of day: Rest.

December 29

Discover unticked list of Christmas cleaning jobs tucked down back of couch. Discard.

January 2

Take down the tatty remains of the Christmas decorations. Store in Christmas boxes, Christmas sacks, Christmas bags and Christmas suitcase for easy identification in the loft next December.

January 3

Hit the sales (only 356 shopping days left to Christmas). Queue for two hours to get into car park. Buy nothing except the one available unbroken half-price tree decoration.

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39 Responses to “I’m Making A List; I’m Re-blogging It Twice”

  1. jmgoyder December 1, 2012 at 14:09 #

    I think you and I are the same person! (Oh no – is that grammatically correct?) Tilly, I so wish I could meet you in person – alas!

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  2. Katharine Trauger December 1, 2012 at 14:29 #

    I was reading my email version of this until I got to “Add snow.” I came here to see it, but you have not done it. I cannot figure how. Do they not add the snow on 12/1? Is it not 12/1 somewhere, yet? I am so confused!
    But this is a darling post. 🙂

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  3. gigihawaii December 1, 2012 at 14:43 #

    Cute cartoon! Love the tree.

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  4. laurieanichols December 1, 2012 at 15:00 #

    I am impressed with the list, did I tell you last year? I rarely write down lists, I keep them in my befuddles mind and we see from there. I think that I am going have to start writing down the list.

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  5. Elaine - I used to be indecisive December 1, 2012 at 16:02 #

    That made me smile – I don’t remember reading it last year (but even if I did I would have enjoyed it again!). Now, how do I get the feeling that you love Christmas, especially the magic of it when children are involved. I don’t think it matters that they are young men now – I bet they really enjoy it just as much. 🙂

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  6. kateshrewsday December 1, 2012 at 16:04 #

    You have an admirably comprehensive approach to your Christmas preparations, Tilly 😀 Loved this!

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  7. Pseu December 1, 2012 at 16:49 #

    How very sad.

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  8. wavensongz December 1, 2012 at 18:45 #

    Yes, I was one of those who had not seen it, Thanks for the sharing. Loved It. 😉

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  9. Al December 1, 2012 at 18:57 #

    Dear Tilly Bud,

    I’m thinking of starting a new family tradition here. Instead of actually having Christmas, we all read your blog about Christmas and then go out to a movie.

    Thanks,
    Another Christmas Curmudgeon

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  10. lenwilliamscarver December 1, 2012 at 19:08 #

    hahahahhhahahahahahaahahahhaahhahaahaaaaa!!! You must be my twin !!!

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  11. Tom (Aquatom1968) December 1, 2012 at 19:32 #

    Very organised, Tilly.
    I also see you have March 13th mentioned, which is a very special date indeed!

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  12. judithatwood December 1, 2012 at 20:56 #

    A very practical list, Tilly B., and it makes sense — except for me the commercial is the polar bears.

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  13. Karen Snyder December 2, 2012 at 04:23 #

    That was about the quickest trip through a year that I’ve ever made (and believe me, the older I get, each and every year whips by faster than the one before). I LOVED it, and yes, I’m new enough here to have never seen it before, but now it will be a new tradition to anticipate! 🙂

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  14. Three Well Beings December 2, 2012 at 07:15 #

    I think it’s time for me to re-evaluate my priorities. I think your list hits pretty close to home, and as I read it I felt exhaustion come over me. But I will admit that as I sit here, I am also watching It’s a Wonderful Life…I do this every December 1.

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  15. benzeknees December 2, 2012 at 07:54 #

    What a beautiful tree you had last year! I need a list like this – my list is basically: first Sunday in December nag hubby to put up tree & put on lights then finish decorating the tree; sometime between first Sunday in December & Christmas Eve go grocery shopping to pick up turkey, cranberries, potatoes & stuffing ingredients; race into local store & pick something up for hubby’s Christmas, wrap & put under tree. Wait for Christmas. Sleep through most of the day because we’re bored out of our tree after we have made the phone calls to all our family who lives 15 hours away.

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  16. bevchen December 2, 2012 at 11:12 #

    LOVE this! “Waste good shopping time on fuming” <- YES, that is me!! And I have to finish all my Christmas shopping earlier than most people so the gifts can be sent to England.

    Sorry about your dad. My step-mum died on Christmas eve, too. (I can't remember the year – I was 12).

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  17. adinparadise December 2, 2012 at 18:32 #

    Now, I’m so exhausted, after reading all that, I think I’ll skip Christmas this year. 🙂

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  18. Perfecting Motherhood December 4, 2012 at 06:54 #

    My Xmas tree is up a lot longer than yours (and I love every minute of it). It’s a lot of work to put it together so why not have it up for as long as we want, right?

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  19. Barbara December 5, 2012 at 01:39 #

    Lol, see it was all worthwhile… I hadn’t read this last year….. Or next year….. 🙂 yet

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  20. eof737 December 5, 2012 at 04:42 #

    Love that tree… and the great decorations. Why take it down., 😦

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