Who’s idea was it to put the Christmas tree up on December 1st? Mine apparently! I am getting so over it. My house is driving me insane, no matter how much I tidy and clean it there is still always bits of tinsel in the carpet, cards fall down, and these darn presents under the tree just get in my way!
Honestly, this year I thought I was a complete smart arse, I started buying the presents in September, finished shopping nearly 2wks ago and started wrapping as I went along. I wrapped Santa’s presents for him last week (lazy so and so!) took me two hours and could have honestly cried at the big pile of presents for my son compared to the smaller pile for my daughter. Even though the value is more or less the same, but we know our kids, they don’t care how much items are, it’s who has the biggest and most parcels!
Yesterday I ran out and got a few extra items for my daughter. Its dawned on me that she is at this awkward age, 7, going on 18! She is apparently ‘to big for princesses’ She doesn’t like High School Musical anymore and I am of the mind that she is too young for makeup and quite frankly I could care less if her friends have rainbow coloured faces!
So the items I ran out and bought was an alarm clock! eyeshadow, lipglosses, perfume and an electric toothbrush! WTF Yes I caved, why? Because I had no idea what else to get her and I am beyond stressing.
This week, I have been wandering around in a daze, I do have a vacant look about me, and the power of communication has left, replaced by occasional grunts and I don’t know the last time I have had a proper sleep.
Last night, however, I was sitting down, ‘chillaxing’ while the kids finally went to bed. I looked over at my toppling tree with the wonky star, with utter joy that presents for all my family and friends were sitting, beautifully wrapped and ready to go, even if they are in my way. It then dawned on me, that in the morning, my kids would be attending their last day of school.
Out of my mouth, the words ‘Shit, bugger, bollocks’ and worse, fell out. I forgot to get the frigging teachers a present!
Surprisingly, with the excitement of Father Christmas attending the household sometime tomorrow night, the kids actually forgot that today was their last day of school. I made them write cards to their teacher, received a telling of from my beautiful 7yr old daughter ‘How did you forget, have you no idea?!’ was the exact words she used.
‘I promise you, I will go and get Yankee Candles this morning, and when I meet you from school you can give it to your teachers then’
I dropped the kids round at school, and the usual mummy catch up at the school gates, left, arrived at the store at 9:12am….the store was shut! Why are you shut, do you realise that its Christmas and I am in a crisis!!!
I remembered I had to pick up MY OWN present from my brother. Every year he purchases tickets to the pantomime for us, he presents the envelope with the tickets after Christmas lunch. This year however, he sent me a text, ‘your tickets are at the box office, enjoy’ and included the reference number! I also had to pick up tickets for my parents who purchased tickets for the same night, same row of seats, who, had also purchased tickets for my brother…following?
Went down to the theatre to pick up tickets…..CLOSED.
I needed to get petrol for my car, so thought I would go to the station and fill up then go back and to my chores again. Thankfully the petrol station was quiet, so got to the first pump. Out the car I got, put the key into the tank, tried again, key would not go in, tank frozen! De-icer is not working.
I can’t take anymore…I need a coffee! I have been out for one hour and nothing has been accomplished!
I get home and I am cursing, make a coffee, try to sort that frigging star on the tree, baubles fall off.
Using the warm water from the kettle, I defrost the petrol tank….genius idea, bomb off down to petrol station, it’s now packed with other customers requiring gas. While sitting in the car waiting, I play angry birds (now completed all levels…yay, but now needing to get 3 stars on each level….booo!) Get petrol into the car, the idea of defrosting my car tank was brilliant, I roll my eyes and giggle at the person across from me struggling to open his tank
Get over to theatre to pick up tickets, seamless procedure, off to Yankee Candle store, opted for the Christmas Cookie candles for teachers, sale has started…Yay, buy me the Christmas Eve big one.
Get home wrap up presents for the teachers and I am now sitting here, back in my smugness. Christmas is not Christmas unless you are stressed out, and it will be all worth it when I see the faces on my kids.
Just looking forward to sitting back tomorrow night, with a large glass of mint baileys watching my husband erect a 4ft Barbie house.
I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and many blessings for 2011