Posts in category "Janet's Christmas Madness."

Back to Reality

OK. What the hell happened to the holidays? What the hell happened to me during the holidays? There was only a twenty- six day window for merriment after we carved the turkey, and I allowed it to evaporate. That is not like me. Steve’s dad was in residence for an extended stay: November 26-December 28.... Read more »

The Ghosts of Christmas...

The Ghosts of Christmas...
Maybe I love Christmas because I hated school as a child, and two weeks without homework or peer pressure was heaven. Maybe I love Christmas because Mom loosened her “no TV” rules to allow us to watch Andy Williams, Perry Como and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir TV Specials. Maybe I love it because my Mom... Read more »

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.
Just a quick thought here- I was driving through my suburb and was entranced by the beautiful lights that warm up this frigid month.  Night is so long that the Christmas decorations serve to keep spirits bright, as they say. I am trying to retain the spirit of Christmas without the manic shopping overload, and... Read more »
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It's On

It's On
The Season is officially here- mine is called Christmas, though I accept it as an antidote to winter rather than a bone fide birthday celebration for Jesus.  The pagans had a good thing going- launching a Winterfest when their pantries were going to sustain them, the days were short and the nights cold.  They could... Read more »

My Christmas Treasure

My Christmas Treasure
Part of becoming an adult is detaching from the family of origin, in order to create your own pod.  This is not a severance, it is a re-creation. It is easier said than done, especially during the holiday season. I had a terrible time being absent from my Detroit family’s Christmas.  It was Mom’s magical... Read more »

Part 2: Christmas Memory Book: A Gallery

This Bad poem got me started.
So….here are some captures of my Christmas Story.  The books I made last year were my favorite gifts to give my kids- so much better than sweaters. I hope some people will be inspired to copy my little “project” for their gift giving, or to annex to their own holiday celebrations.  I’m sure there are... Read more »
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'Tis my season

'Tis my season
A proclamation:  I am going to try to downsize my Christmas this year to the “only slightly mad” level. The reason(s): 1.  My father-in-law Roger Dahl will be spending the holiday season with us, and I do not want to scar him with my madness. 2.  The Patrick Dahl family will be moving here after... Read more »

Who am I? Oscar ready.

Who am I? Oscar ready.
My computer battery died after 5 years of duty, and Steve and I headed to Boca on Sunday for a “genius appointment.” My track pad was dead, and my computer was slow as hell, and to her credit, Dana the Genius plugged in an ethernet cable, confirmed the death of the battery, installed another, and... Read more »

Project Two, the Attic. Done.

Project Two, the Attic.  Done.
Steve is never permitted to skeedaddle to Florida until all the Christmas stuff is in the attic.  This year he got lucky:  it was cold the week before he left, and so despite his OCD need to have things in order, he tossed the crates and foliage into the opening at the top of the... Read more »
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I'm Done. Almost

I'm Done.  Almost
I have toiled to un-Christmas the house, and I am sad to say, I now dwell in darker quarters.  Cleaner, too. I cleared room by room, packed my treasures in bins, tagged every one and enlisted my able bodied assistant, Steve, to help me get them into the attic.  I have shelves for each room,... Read more »