The weather was cold, drizzling and grey. I was as miserable as the weather.
The girls asked me to find something on the radio, so I hit the seek button. What do I find, but a Detroit station that started playing Christmas music November 1st. WNIC.
Bing Crosby was singing about a white Christmas.
"Leave it Daddy!" they shouted. "This music is for baby Jesus!"
How can you argue with that. But as soon as I dropped them off at school, I flipped to my CD changer and listened to Lewis Black go on a Tirade about how the Bush administration dealt with Katrina and the New Orleans flooding.
That made me smile. No not the tragedy - but Lewis Black's take on it.
Last weekend, my neighbor was outside hanging his Christmas lights. He gave me an apologetic glance as Darlene realized we must be behind schedule.
At work I am on the Staff Association. I am actually a co-chair person. We have been dealing with adult and kid's Christmas parties, Santa Clause bookings, dinner menus, table settings, kid's presents, a wrapping party, etc... since June.
It is not even the American Thanksgiving yet, and I am already all Christmas'ed out.
And we still have all of our family traditions to deal with:
- Sending cards
- Decorating outside (no it is still not done)
- Getting a Tree (Darlene demands a real one) and decorating
- Buying the girl's presents
- Buying the grandparents, in-laws, aunt's and uncle's, and cousin's presents
And all that driving in snow and freezing rain conditions.
I am still recovering from the World Series. Getting over the defeat of my Tigers.
Perhaps the three ghosts will visit me this year. Perhaps The Ghost of Christmas Future will show me a scene something like this:
"Alannah, it's Christmas morning, why are you all dressed up to go out?" I'll ask.
"I'm going Bradley's house for Christmas. His family likes Christmas." my daughter will answer.
"But we like Christmas too!" I will state. "You can't wear that to Bradley's parents house, what will they think?"
"Oh, his parents won't be there. They're in Florida".
And I will wake up in a cold sweat.
Perhaps this year we should do it up really right. Lot's of lights and an electric Santa singing Ho Ho Ho on the lawn.
And I had better go ask the kid next door to go buy me a turkey. Where is my wallet?