Friday, December 4, 2009

Walmart Santa

We were there. He was there. The picture was free. It certainly is a one-stop shop.

E didn’t freak out, but we couldn’t get her to crack a smile either. I think her expression tells the whole story.

Are you guys kidding me? My first visit with Santa and you give me WALMART SANTA?!

Ok, sorry honey. The premier mall Santa in the ATL is 45 minutes from our house. We’ll get it right next time. Maybe.

This is the first year I'm free to decorate with total abandonment. It’s my prerogative to put as many nails in the walls as I like without the fear of losing a security deposit.

I’m excited for Christmas, yet I have zero interest in decorating. M asked me what my deal is. I feel like I’m in a never ending battle against clutter. The thought of bringing more stuff into the house gives me anxiety. He’s moving ahead full steam though.

He spent a good portion of the past week planning (complete with scaled diagram), then stringing up the Christmas light extravaganza out front. Watching him climb a ladder gave me heart palpitations. I insisted on doing it, but he wouldn’t let me. I have a desk job, so it’s less likely an injury would be career ending for me. That was my biggest concern. How messed up is it that I think that way?

M’s been scoping out Christmas tree farms online to make sure we go to the best one to get our tree. He even dug out the Christmas hand towels and hung them in the bathrooms. It was a hoot watching him stand back and adjust them so they’d hang just right.

Holy crap, M has 8 days in a row off starting on December 22nd. I’m going to take a full week off too. What are we going to do with all that time? We keep changing our minds. We'll definitely be going up north, but can't decide when. We like the idea of waking up in our own home on our first Christmas with E. That also means being alone in Atlanta for the most important parts of the holiday, and I don’t think I can handle that again.

Last year I was too pregnant to travel, so we spent the holiday here. We were living in the crash pad at the time making it all the more weird special. We tried our best. It was still a bummer. There are too many traditions I’m accustomed to sharing with our family, so it felt like any other ordinary day not being there. We’ll have the ability to travel at off times, so non-revving should be doable for whatever we decide.

So do we stick with old traditions or create some new ones of our own?

(Hope you enjoy the fresh background. It's more festive in here already :)

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