...Christmastime should not start until after Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. Honestly, I'm already getting tired of Christmas decorations, party platters, and Christmas carols and its only the 2nd week of November. Maybe I am being a little Grinchy, but I remember back when I was a kid and I didn't see any toy catalogs or window displays until we were eating all manner of turkey leftovers and it made it more special for me. I know that some of you out there really get into Christmas and just can't wait for it to start (one of you is my ex, we shall call him Ducky). Ducky spent all summer making a special video to give to his family for Christmas. Even I can't help but say 'AW', but really? Starting a gift in the summer? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about getting my shopping done early. If its two weeks to Xmas and I'm not done and wrapped, something is wrong. I usually get my buying done on Black Friday to tell the truth...and only true Xmas aficionados will venture out for that to get all their buying accomplished. I swear, I love Christmas. I spend all of December rewatching every Xmas movie I own (and there are a lot of them) and listening to carols and The Nutcracker. But don't make me start loving it until I've watched Macy's!!!
This is where Miss J would tell me I need to calm the (bleep) down...and she's right. I guess maybe I'm feeling a little rushed this year. This Thanksgiving, Miss J wants to have Xmas in Pennsylvania with MomMom, Uncle Mike, and Dad because she and Mr. J (my brother in law...he belongs to her and therefore does not get his own name, poor chap) have to spend Christmas with a friend who is leaving for the armed services shortly after. Its a touching thing to do and its great that Miss J wants to try and be everywhere and with everyone before New Years...but it does kinda make all the rest of us fold up our own lives to fit them. Its not her fault, mind you. She married into a family that consists of two sides that don't get along (divorce...its an epic story of Gone With the Wind proportions) and thus has to split her time accordingly. And also, in all fairness she has spent the last several Christmases and Thanksgivings with our family and neglecting Mr. J's. Oh yeah, my point! I have to have a crap ton of shopping done to be ready for this Thanksgiving/Christmas extravaganza and I'm not sure yet what to buy for Miss J. Everyone else is easy, but sis is always hard to shop for. She reads this blog so I won't whine about how she hasn't given me any ideas. She has, I just don't know which ones would make the best gifts from me. I know, I know. I'm being dramatic for nothing. I just want Christmas to start when I want it to for a change.