Here’s how things work at my house during the holidays:
[Thanksgiving weekend — decorate house for holidays]
First Sunday: It feels so festive! Let’s have a little Christmas gathering! [counts chairs; invites 15 people over for the following Sunday]
Monday: [after a stressful day at work] I don’t have time for this! What a terrible idea! It’s too late to cancel, but maybe everyone will be busy [crosses fingers]. At the most, I’ll just throw something in the crock pot and call it good.
Saturday: Crock pot?! Ugh, so BORING. Oh, look — here’s a menu for what Martha Stewart calls an “Easy Christmas Extravaganza”. Let’s do that! Also, why did I only invite 15 people? [Justin intervenes, stops me from doubling the guest list. We stay up until 1am prepping for the party.]
Second Sunday: [Dinner party with 15 people; it’s a huge success.] That was awesome! Let’s do it again! Only this time, let’s have a REAL party! [plans a co-hosted party with Justin and two other friends for two weeks out; we invite approximately 120 people]
Monday: [after a stressful day at work] I don’t have time for this! What a terrible idea! It’s too late to cancel, but maybe everyone will be busy [crosses fingers].
Third Sunday: [does nothing party related; hangs out with Lady all weekend]
Monday: [realizing the party is less than a week away; also realizing that December is a super busy time at work] Oh crap. Remind me never to do this again.
Saturday: [waking up at 6:30am] Wahoo, PARTY TIME! Okay, so if the guests arrive at 6pm, we should be set and dressed by 5pm. Let’s do this! [sprints through 47 errands, rearranging the house, baking and cooking and dressing up for the party; everything’s ready exactly on schedule and the guests arrive . . . . ]
|Candles and garlands were a nice festive touch|
|So many people!|
Sunday (2am): [guests are gone, house kind of cleaned up, collapsing on the couch] That was awesome! Let’s do it again!