Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Christmas Grinch



Okay, I'm just going to get this out of my system. 

I'm the Christmas Grinch, I really am. 

Behind my glitter induced crafty facade, is a festering grumbly grinch. 

It's hot, the shops are a nightmare and no one bloody well needs anything - not me, not my children, nor my friends or anyone else. Shopping in store is painful at the best of times, add 3 kids, snippy sales people and the task of buying for people that don't need anything and you're pretty much talking about my worst nightmare.

I have about 367 christmas functions to fit into 2 weeks and about 13 kilos to loose before I can squeeze into ANY of my party frocks. My bank account is absolutely bloody bare, as in, my card was declined last time I tried to get fuel and I was stranded at the sevo with 3 kids in the car (which reminds me, Jonno, darling rescuing brother, I owe you 40 bucks). It was hot. Jonny Depp was NOT there and I almost cried at the counter.

My beautiful real christmas tree is dropping pine needles ALL OVER the floor which makes me edgy and nervous for no apparent reason. 

The kids rooms were SPOTLESS on the weekend and now they are covered in lego and clothes and wee and oh, i don't know. Maybe not wee, but you get the point.

December is supposed to be fun and Christmas is supposed to be a holiday but instead- it all just feels like hard work.

There, I said it.

Regular Christmas crafting programming resumes tomorrow.

As you were.




31 comments:

  1. take a breath, poor a glass of that gin you requested :)

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  2. Oh no! Big hugs...I haven't been to the shops yet but I'm hoping one visit will do it...it can all feel like too much at times! I have limited outings this year, as well as trying to keep gifts simple so that it doesn't feel as stressful. Good luck!

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  3. I so relate to this Em. I have lost…actually I have never found the true meaning of Christmas in Christmas. It should be a lot more simple. It should be a time of family and refection and thanksgiving. But it's pressure…and torture and living for boxing day when we can relax and eat left overs and think about all the things we might buy in the sales. Christmas to most people is the hump. The thing we get over so we can have a holiday. Lord forgive me. I hate the lead up. I hate the way I hate the lot of it…except for the time when we finally sit down together and enjoy the fruits of our labour and realise how blessed we are to have great families and live in a land of plenty where we can bless those we love with pressies, and watch the kids eyes light up as they unwrap their goods…and how they can't believe they are allowed to eat endless amounts of sugary stuff. I love Christmas really. Just hate the month leading up to it.

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  4. No. December is the fucking pits. It's so stressful and everyone wears fake happy faces while behind them they are grimacing and barely holding together over the stress of being happy families. Some of the lowest points of my life have been at Christmas time.
    That being said it's also a pretty lovely time when you stop stressing and start enjoying company and love that abounds.
    Here's something for you to think about, if people don't 'need' anything why get them something? We have told everyone not to buy us anything this year, the husband and I both agreed no gifts between the two of us as well. Money is tight for everyone, we want for nothing all we need is to share a bit of love around our group of friends and family and eat a bunch of awesome dinners.
    The kiddo is getting thrifted, revamped stuff and a zoo pass, done.

    Or, take deep breaths, drink your gin and have an early night. It'll work out, it always does.

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  5. Yeah, I hear ya. I was so not happy about Christmas coming so damn quick this year, the stress of money!! Oh sweet geebus why? Ryleah has been counting down for weeks and it just gave me a big ball of sick feeling in my gut everytime she mentioned it. The kids school books, ipads etc all have to be paid now too, it sucks!! I'm slowly coming around to it and getting a little teensy bit happy about it, but mainly it's just stress. But, the craft must go on! Let's do this! We can get through it!
    Bahaha, oh that feels better to get that out!
    Happy holidays!
    Rach x

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  6. We sell girls dresses and boys suits along with communion dresses, baptism outfits, flower girl dresses, bridesmaids dresses, girls gowns, plus size clothing, jewelry and accessories at the best price in Australia. Now we start selling our products through online at cheap rate. Offer is limited.

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  7. Someone at work today said "oh you look so tired".....oh really? NO SHIT. I'm exhausted. Hello working Mother. Hello toddler. Hello Christmas crazy. Hello wedding in 9 weeks. Ummm yep thanks for that... pass me the gin & the eye cream ladies xx

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  8. Someone at work today said "oh you look so tired".....oh really? NO SHIT. I'm exhausted. Hello working Mother. Hello toddler. Hello Christmas crazy. Hello wedding in 9 weeks. Ummm yep thanks for that... pass me the gin & the eye cream ladies xx

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  9. Ah .. you've discovered one of the Great Truths - once you become a mum Christmas ceases to be fun and instead becomes a marathon of Doing Stuff for Everyone Else. All The Time. I swear one year I will boycott it and just take myself off somewhere fabulous where Christmas does not exist. The End.

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  10. Aw em. Go outside (if it's not too hot, that is!) and play with the kiddlywinks. Stuff the pressies. We decided to only do pressies for the kids this year, then the MIL and SIL decided that they NEEDED to give "Family pressies" to everyone, so now I have a whole lot more crap to fit into the next 2 weeks... and I'd FINISHED all the stuff for the kids LAST MONTH. I feel your pain. Kids room here are about the same (maybe not the wee... although my preschooler did decide to pee in the toddlers potty that was hiding in my todler's room tonight, so I had to go and deal with that... ergh). And as for party dresses... get out of my head. There I said it. You have the balls to write the stuff I don't dare to. More power to you honey.
    Big hug,
    Sheree

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  11. Add in a dance concert and a child turning five and school orientation and you have me. Slightly frazzled.

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  12. Yes. Yes. Yes. Blooming brilliant post!

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  13. I feel the same way. I feel sick every time I swipe a card at the shops at the moment - which seems to be every other minute between food and Xmas presents. I remember feeling exactly the same last year and I said to my husband " I feel like we are haemorrhaging money". I don't know what the answer is, for a start I think next year I'm going to open a Christmas account and save for Xmas rather than just pulling out my cards over and over knowing that it's money I don't really have :( Oh and spend Xmas day at the beach - that might be the other option?

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  14. Gosh l needed to read that tonight. Just spent the evening creating and ordering photo gifts for Grandparents and trying to organise some gifts for the preschool teachers. Oh yeah that's after a full day of work, cooking dinner, doing laundry, getting uniforms ready ..... No wonder l am tired.

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  15. I totally dont understand christmas as it is at the moment - im struggling with it in a way I never used to before (maybe its financial I dunno) and i totally have been there with u at the petrol checkout with a declined card - its not like u can give the petrol back!! I just dont know what it is about having kids and christmas combinined to conspire in this feeling of grinchyness! BIG HUGS!!

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  16. I think now that I have kids I am probably more Grinch-like. But I feel that way towards the consumerism of it, not towards the holiday! I think our modern advertisement-fueled culture has created it to be a holiday of giving MORE AND MORE AND MORE and it almost becomes a status symbol of who is buying what for each other. Our kids are little, so we are enjoying taking it slow and trying to figure out where we want things to be simpler. I don't like them being overwhelmed with toys.

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  17. Thank you. You are not alone, just braver than most & said it out loud.
    Cheers Kate

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  18. Ditch the crafting, say no to the 366 of the 367 invitations, get an artificial tree (no, really, do!) and reeeeelaaaaax.

    I can't help you with the bloody kids' bedrooms. It's a battle we cannot win and it makes me want to wee my pants a little bit every time I think of the state of my own kids' rooms. OMG, there I go. x

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  19. December is the month to bleed money. It is. And it takes so much of the fun out of Christmas. Touche on the honest post again lady!!! x

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  20. I was feeling a bit like this too but after a bit of christmas shopping & menu planning I'm starting to feel more festive. Maybe lighten the load- ditch some of the invites, close the kids bedroom doors ( thats what I do), bake gifts instead of buying for those who dont need anything & get a fake tree....

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  21. We all feel like this at some stage of December i think,I sometimes hate it and sometimes love it ,Great post very honest xxLisa Mckenzie

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  22. For the past 4 years I have done all my Christmas shopping online. All of it! We only buy for the kids so pretty easy but seriously DO NOT GO TO THE SHOPS Em!! Xxx

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  23. It all really does feel like hard work at the moment. Just ask me and my tearful emotional breakdown today! I'd like a break now please now please. Now.

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  24. I dread December. It is a horrible time of year. So much stress & for what? I work for Dan Murphy's & it is insanely busy & customers are so mean at Christmas time as they're so busy & only think about themselves. I hate having to buy presents that we can't afford for people that don't need them meanwhile i'm working extra shifts & missing out on precious time with my daughter so we don't get further behind on our bills. I really hope i can enjoy Christmas time one day but it seems to have lost all meaning.

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  25. My Christmas tree is still not up. I have 4 kids who desperately want it to be. Christmas Fail. That is all. xo

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  26. We are heading to Bali for Christmas...spending all that money on us rather than everyone else...selfish but happy!

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  27. I'm struggling to finish my home made gifts in time too. Some years, it just doesn't gel, doesn't come together, doesn't feel like fun. Other years are okay. This is not our year!

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  28. This is the exact conversation I had with my sister the other day! Why with all this gift buying - no one really needs anything and we stress over getting gifts that are nice and within budget and it never happens.
    I have resorted to go online for things. Woolworths delivery has been my saviour! I am into making hampers as gifts with small goodies that are sort of useful and delicious. Thanks to pinterest I have made an make your own ice-cream sundae for my baby's day care teachers, a movie hamper for some cousins and I am sewing small gifts like oven mitts and cotton tea towels. all gifts have been around $10 per person, but the handmade touch makes them seem more I suppose... (so I keep telling myself) - I like your handmade gift bag post.

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  29. I sympathise - I feel a bit like that at this time of year too. It's so hard when you're a Christian and you know you should be rejoicing in the reason for the season but gosh darn it, it's hard work sometimes! xxx

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  30. I AGREE... I've been pondering this month (in the 5 minutes I haven't been stupidly busy) how to reinvent Christmas. Everyone I speak to is overly stressed, worried about money and somehow grinning like maniacs as if "well, that's just what you DO!" Why must it be like this? Enough with end of year get togethers- we're going to see everyone again in two weeks anyway...bah humbug x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em