Final Christmas Pledge Update!

 

 

It is time for the final Christmas Pledge update.

As you know, almost one month ago I pledged to get a certain amount of holiday crap done before December.  The point of this was to make December more enjoyable.  I invited you to join in the pledge and a LOT of you did.  Even my mother ran out and started buying Christmas presents way earlier than normal, vowing to take part in the pledge.  O.K., she didn’t so much “vow” as mutter, Jesus Murphy I’d better go to the mall.  And then she went.

By December 4th my plan was to have all of my shopping done, my wrapping paper and bows figured out,  the outside of the house decorated (lights up, urns etc. done), the inside of the house decorated and my 30 or so Christmas Cards written out and in the mail.

Let’s break down what I have and haven’t done so far.

Shopping – I’m 95% done, with just a few minor things to order online.  I did 90% of my shopping online this year.  I highly recommend it.

Wrapping – I special ordered my wrapping paper (more on that later) and have all but one of the materials I need for bows.  I plan to get it tonight.

Lights and Garland up outside – Check.

Planters and Windowboxes – Not so much.  It’s been raining.  A LOT. So rain or shine I’m gonna have to throw on some Ella Fitzgerald singing the Christmas Blues and get out there to finish it before this Sunday, the deadline.

Inside of house – Nope.  Haven’t even started.  I plan to start tonight, and spend all of tomorrow and part of Sunday doing the inside of the house. Yes. It takes me 2 straight days.  What of it?

Christmas Cards – Addressed and filled out.  Why for the love of God can’t I just go to the store and buy some stamps???!!!   I will do this.  I will, I will.  I will bring the cards with me to the stamp store (post office) and I’ll stick the stamps on the cards right there and then and mail them.  Otherwise I’ll bring the stamps home, stamp the envelopes and then leave the pile to sit on the kitchen table for the next 2 weeks.

 

Conclusion

So, I would call what I’ve accomplished a success.  It looks like by December 4th I will have everything done I wanted to get done.  Honestly I’ve never felt this relaxed by December 2nd.  Normally I’m well on my way to taking up drinking in Olympic fashion by this time of year.  I’m anxious and stressy about everything I suddenly have to do.  I also start swearing a lot more by December 2nd.  Good ones too.  Jailhouse swear words.   This year?  I’m feeling good.  I’m looking forward to baking some cookies, wrapping my presents and watching bad, made for TV Christmas movies about General Stores that need to be saved from foreclosure or smartly dressed cynical lawyers in New York City who fall in love and celebrate Christmas together.  You know.  That  kindda stuff.

So that’s where I am.  Where are you?  Did you take part in the Christmas Pledge?  Are you feeling more relaxed because of it?  Have I been your Christmas therapist?  Do you owe me money?

Lemme know.  Now if you’ll excuse me I have some stamps to buy, urns to transform and a house to decorate.

 

 

97 Comments

  1. trinity says:

    You can online order stamps also.

    I am sitting in front of my laptop praying to win the Rough Linen Prize of the Year. Please please.

    • Karen Shelby says:

      I remember that I need to buy stamps EVERYTIME I leave the store! So now I dont have to hear that familiar voice in my head “I forgot stamps”! Now I order mine online . I dont go to the store everyday but I sure do check that mailbox every day so see, The mailbox is my store!

    • pendy says:

      I have to go to the Post Office four days a week for work and I STILL buy my stamps online! So easy and I get to choose the cute ones. Hey, it’s the small things in life…

  2. Marti says:

    Stamps? One word answer: Costco. NEVER go to a post office at the holidays. Ugh.

    I have to go tomorrow. Someone bought a really beautiful Christmas tree skirt. On the same day that an incredibly new social media site launch.

    But I still bow to the name of your list. Proves you’re better’n me.

    Have a great weekend, Karen. CYA Sunday night!

  3. Angela says:

    I’ll have everything but the cards done by the 4th, I haven’t even ordered the photos…

  4. Babie Knoop says:

    So jealous! Wish I’d have taken the pledge…..I get all sweary but this time of year too! Only got the tree up (undecorated at that) today. It takes me a whole week to do the inside of the house so I totally get it! 🙂 Good job Karen!

  5. Robyn says:

    I joined your pledge. My cards were written, stamped and sealed before end Nov (they all went overseas), presents were bought in July (Christmas layby) with a few more bought since, but all wrapping still to be done. House is currently being decorated – tree and lights go up on Sunday. Christmas cakes are baked, bust hosting a Christmas tea party on Tuesday and baking for that still to be done. Otherwise that’s it. Just a few tweaks here and there me thinks and some kind of topiary outside the front door still to be done.

    Sounds like a lot, but to be honest, Christmas is on a small scale this year so there hasn’t really been that much to do 😉

  6. Alyson says:

    Actually you’ve been very good at getting the bomb under my arse that I needed, and like you I recommend on-line shopping which has been surprisingly cheaper than trolling the malls and keeping myself caffienated so my head doesn’t blow up. 🙂

    I haven’t gotten the Christmas music started though – it still feels a bit early for that.

  7. Gayla T says:

    I’m so proud of you! Way to go! WoooHoooo! When you grow old as I am old, you will not stress over what you don’t get done because no one will expect you to have it all together anyway. They will all come and help you decorate and put up the tree. Ha Ha, fooled you. This is a plot on one of the crappy shows you will be watching. Actually, one dear sweet SIL who wishes I were his mother instead of the drunken slut he got will be over to see what I need carried. Yup, really. He’s such a doll. Good job on meeting your goals.

  8. Well done Karen, I’m 95% done with the presents and everything I’ve bought is wrapped, tagged and ribboned. I’m decorating the inside and outside of the house on Sunday. All the cards are written and have stamps on them and overseas presents and cards have been sent! Whew! I’ve loved that you have had this deadline, I do this too every year, but it was nice knowing that someone else out there wanted to be able to enjoy December. Time to bring out the mulled wine and carol sheets!

  9. Tracy says:

    Ho Ho Hold it! Nah Uh. ‘Tis only Dec 2 and you still have things to do – the inside decorating, mailing those cards and wrapping. Saying you’re done now is like me saying I plan to drop 10 lbs, so that’s the same thing as actually being skinnier. On behalf of my pants and your house, let me just say “it ‘aint over yet, lady!”
    I AM feeling quite happy, however, that you pushed me to be ready by 12/4. I have bought all the gifts and feel entirely liberated just from doing that! I have plans to get the decor out of the attic on Saturday afternoon and have Sunday dedicated to putting it up. So yes, the check is in the mail; thank you for the nudge!
    Wrapping and cards is actually something I enjoy, so if that happens to eek out past 12/4, I’m good with that.

    • Karen says:

      Tarcy – Ahem! Wrapping was never part of the deal! I like to wrap in December. Feels festive to me. Plus I *love* wrapping presents so it doesn’t feel like a “chore” to me. And besides I can do all that I have left to do PLUS paint the house, install a stove hood, teach my cats to yodel and put up a quick addition to the house – in the next two days. No problem. 🙂 ~ karen

      • I also find wrapping to be alot of fun which is why I do them as soon as I buy them, because I cant wait. I also did most of my shopping online this year, and though I dont have all my gifts bought for funding reasons I do know exactly what I am going to get and where to get it from.

        Erin

      • Tracy says:

        Oh my gosh, you just crack me up! Thanks so much for your blog; it’s always a great way to start my day

  10. Dru says:

    I don’t know any of my friends addresses anymore. Or their phone numbers. All done by email, so skipping cards.

    We had to build a mantel to be able to hang Christmas stockings. My husband took it as a challenge and started at the sawmill around the corner from us. Took it from planer to faux mantel in one day.

    We put up a “tree” from parts blown off our stand of white pines. Pulled everything out of the basement and discovered water damage in the bins. Some things had to be pitched, other things washed.

    Outdoors is left to do, and will happen on Sunday.

    We NEVER would have done all this without your deadline. I’m not even certain why I adhered to your challenge..except that maybe I love a challenge. And a deadline.

    And I love my new shelves. Thanks for the throw down.

    • Karen says:

      Dru – No problem! I’m glad I did it too. Sometimes if you just commit to something (publicly) it motivates you to do it. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve thought to myself hmm … I should get all this done before December and then POOF, November is over and all I’ve managed to do is buy one stocking stuffer. Congrats on a relaxingish December. ~ karen!

  11. Susan says:

    Hmmm… What you have accomplished evens out what I haven’t! I have not even got the decorations out of my basement, yet, let alone out of the boxes! I too have 18″ wide, steep, old fashioned rickety stairs to the dungeon where the troll lives. He protects all the …. “stuff” ! I have bought a few things for the grandchildren but there have been times when I never even started till the 23rd and I have 16 to buy for. If I start too soon by the 23rd Ihave forgotten what I bought and go buy more! I am about to start some baking for other people with the hope to have a touch leftover for a gift or two. I bought wrapping paper at Costco in the summer when I thought I might be organized and feel like it! You know the extra huge rolls that never run out? I have about 6 or 10 of them already and probably will never have to buy paper again… ever! I don’t send cards… They always ended up on top of the microwave with stamps waiting to be mailed… Till it was too late! Every year they change the date of Christmas and make it earlier and earlier so maybe I should just skip it all and get ready for next year… It will be here before you know it! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Oooo! Good to know someone else has the stairs to hell. Please don’t frighten me about having to get ready for *another* Christmas. That’s kind of mean of you. ~ karen

  12. Thanks so much for the inspiration Karen, I have acheived great things this year!

    I have four gifts still to buy, and two haven’t arrived yet (online shopping), but all of the others are not only in my possession, they are wrapped!

    I have addressed all of my Christmas card envelopes, I just need to write the actual cards this weekend.

    I’m not decorating, inside or out, because we’re away for the holidays, and it makes me so depressed to come home to decorations still up.

  13. Karen says:

    I haven’t even started yet, but dammit this sh*t will get done by Sunday. I have the internet, Vodka and several boxes of lights and decorations. It’s all down hill starting Monday.

  14. Elle says:

    Are you really calling Ernst Lubisch’s The Shop Around the Corner a (and I quote) “bad, made for TV Christmas movie”??

    It is a masterpiece and one of my all time favorite movies!

  15. ok gorl. you friggin crack me up with your “list that proves” you are better than me. And dammit you for being int he back of my mind all month thinking–I have to get this crap done!

    …but….I did!

    No xmas cards this year. Seriously. The thought of me printing off cute photos to have someone keep them for a month and then toss them in the trash…I scrooged out and thought “I might as well burn my cash.” bah humbug-I know. 🙂

    all gifts bought except for the “couple” that hubs and I are running out to get today. We know exactly where they are. It is hunting-not gathering at this point. 🙂

    “He” put the lights out, kids and I did the tree a couple weeks ago–(gasp-yes-before Thanksgiving)..

    Thanks for kickin my butt in gear this year!

  16. Manetta says:

    Karen,
    I am impressed and as always….so amused by you. 🙂
    I was doing so great until my photo cards I ordered arrived and they had totally botched half the order…. now have to deal with getting a refund and reordering….grrrrrr…..makes me want to say a few of those choice swear words myself! I have a question for you: your photos are always so gorgeous….what kind of camera do you have? I am looking to upgrade! Tired of pictures with awful lighting and shadows… thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Manetta – The camera I use is my boyfriend’s Nikon D40. It’s a good camera. But things like lighting and shadows are in the hands of the photographer, not the camera. 🙂 I took a couple of photography courses last year to get me better familiarized with my camera, so my pics. are better but they still have a long way to go. Also, I invested in Photoshop which is great for correcting all my mistakes. ~ karen!

  17. Rachel says:

    I’ve never had ANYTHING done by this time of the year,but now I have house decorated inside and out,most presents bought (or at least decided on)and creatively wrapped and displayed in an upper cupboard in our guest bathroom (old house with huge useless high cupboard)they look fantastic and the kids have to look at them everytime they go in there!

  18. Cindy says:

    I buy my stamps at the ATM (they only offer Forever stamps though…not the pretty Christmas varieties). I have to give you a big THANK YOU! for this fantastic pledge. I would not be nearly as relaxed had i not taken your advice. Christmas has never felt so good…i am 98% done with most everything. Just have to worry about the Christmas Eve festivities and I’m good to go. No “Bah, Humbug” this year!

  19. marilyn says:

    i highly recommend throwing a party at the end of november every year. its a great motivator, i have had the inside and outside decorations done since november 24! and karen we sell stamps at metro…you get your stamps and we get to visit! and maybe even a flower or two!

  20. maggie says:

    Outside has been done for 2 weeks, inside will be done by tomorrow, I do not under any circumstances bake(now that does cause stress). Our family, and it is large, do not exchange gifts anymore we just get together to eat and drink alot. I only send about 6 Christmas cards. I do entertain small groups through the season (much more relaxing). My days of freaking out at this time of the year are gone and I must say I have learned chaos is not one bit fun. Now if you will excuse me I am going to have my second cup of morning coffee. Happy Merry Christmas all.

  21. Jonna says:

    I finished all my Christmas shopping on November 28th. 90% online, 10% flea market finds. Last year, I had to go to a bookstore on Christmas Eve – and hated myself voraciously. Thanks for the kick in the seat to get it finished early. You should put seat kicking on your resume.

  22. Langela says:

    I finished wrapping my gifts yesterday. Except for the two that have been ordered and aren’t here yet. My decorations are done. I don’t do cards. I am done!!!! Now onto the cookies and cheesy movies.

  23. Kelly says:

    “a list that proves I’m better than you” HA! I’m putting that at the top of every list I ever make now.

  24. Nicole2 says:

    I’m about 90% done. A lot of small stuff left. And as they say, don’t sweat the small stuff, so I’m not.

    My daughters and I also LOVE to watch these cheesy movies on the W network! In fact, my oldest, who is away at school asked me to PVR them so she wouldn’t miss out. We make ourselves cozy with snuggies and just let our minds go numb watching all that badness… I even saw one being filmed in Dundas, a Hallmark movie called the Good Witch’s Christmas or something. I finally saw it last year. It was the perfect blend of cheesiness and mediocrity!! Have a great decorating week-end, Karen!

  25. Laura says:

    I am 99.99% done with everything except for the Christmas cards. Any suggestions on how to get my puppy to smile for her picture for the Christmas card?! Thanks for the motivation!

  26. Jamieson says:

    I did not take the pledge. However, as happens with all things “Karen”, I was inspired – to finish at least my shopping by Sunday (almost there) and actually send cards again this year (I’ve slipped the past couple of years). Thanks K!
    J

  27. chreistine says:

    My new fav…jail house swearing!

  28. Patti says:

    Okay. So.

    I seriously owe you money.

    Lots of it. As soon as I make lots of it, I’ll give you a shout. Or if I win the lottery, it’ll be like that movie “It Could Happen to You”.

    Seriously.

    Now, this is going to be a long message, but consider it my Ode to Karen.

    Normally, during the month of December, my guy has endure random thoughts of “ooh, what if we get ______ for ______” every ten minutes. I can’t keep my thoughts straight, I’m anxious, can’t sleep, and we end up spending the 2 weeks prior to Christmas frantically shopping and trying to find things for people.. which, on Christmas Day leads to feeling sub-par about our impulsive choices.

    This means that, come Christmas Eve, the both of us are a) so exhausted we can barely think, b) cranky – especially towards the people who DARE to expect gifts from us at Christmas, c) preparing to wrap gifts somewhere in between the marathon which is: Christmas Eve with his mom, then we drive around to look at fancy Christmas lights (last year he proposed as we did this, and it was totally amazing), going home and wrapping and sorting, waking up and doing Christmas together, going to his mom’s to do Christmas morning, stopping at a friend’s where they have a Christmas Open House every year, driving for 2 hours to see my mom’s side of the family, going to my dad’s to see that side, and then driving back home to celebrate the guy’s brother’s birthday with his family.

    By the time we get home, I am usually super sick, tired and cranky, and in risk of missing out on New Years Festivities. Bad news.

    As you can see – not a relaxing holiday. And 2 weeks of marathon shopping (work, shop, sleep, work, shop, sleep) does not help at all. There’s something about feeling guilty for not shopping during a Christmas party that just isn’t right.

    So! Karen, you’ve saved my life. It is December 2nd, and I have two small things to take care of, plus putting up the tree. Which I do believe I will enjoy. I will actually get to see PRESENTS under the tree for more than ten minutes, and I can’t believe that it’s possible to start December without my shoulders up around my ears. AND! Because I didn’t feel rushed, I really feel that I got the perfect gifts for everyone. I have not been this excited for Christmas since I was a little girl. It’s going to be a good one this year, and I owe it to your forward thinking and my love for achieving deadlines!

    Smart cookie, you are!
    Merry Christmas!

  29. Liz S. says:

    I have my work decorated, but haven’t even started at home. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to decorate at home with a 2 year old.

  30. Kim says:

    I got on board your Christmas train a bit late (missed a couple of posts due to technological difficulties – sorry!), but have made good time. Gifts are bought, wrapped, and most importantly, HIDDEN! Have had carols playing (love the new ones!) for a couple of weeks now. Both inside trees and all the other inside decorations (about 15 big Rubbermaid totes-full) have been up for about 3 weeks now; outside lights too (live in a cold part of Canada so that’s an October task otherwise you freeze to the ladder in December putting up lights)…but I don’t do my baking until a week or two before Christmas or else it’ll get eaten (so does that count?!) and I messed up with the card end of things this year. The past few yrs I’ve sent an card with photos and captions for each pic telling what we’ve been up to, but this year decided to do a one-page newsletter with little photos on my new Mac. Spent 2 hrs on the damn thing then found out it’s 100 MB and too big to email. So big fail on the cards, but still have two more days to find an ecard I like…

  31. Gloria says:

    Referring to “smartly dressed cynical lawyers” I might need a extension…..LMAO….
    I took your challenge and this is where I am…
    Shopping—most have not come in…online shopping is great…..50%
    Wrapping—not here to wrap….
    Lights–it’s to dam cool outside….will warm up today….
    Cards–I make my own…..just like you need stamps…you know the Christmas ones….so in line I go…..
    So…..about half way there……Mondays is looking promising….

  32. kate says:

    I love your title of the accomplishment list! LOLOLOL! Yes you are infinately better than me, I have exactly one present shopped for. However, I am currently thinking about going down to the basement to retrieve a christmas rubbermaid bin. Thinking about it reallyyyy hard. I’m sure I’ll be ready by the 25th you can bank on it. (Don’t bank on it, I’m not likely to be all done).
    I am very happy for you that you have done almost completely done your list. I will one year be as smart as you. Just not this year.
    Have a happy relaxing December!

  33. Becca says:

    Ummmm… well… I am much, much worse than you.
    I have hung lights outside but ran out of lights and daylight before the job was finished. Then there was the problem with the ladder. It’s buried under furniture being stored in my garage so, unless some really tall elves (or short elves with a big ladder) show up to help, I can’t hang any more lights. Does half done count?
    The planter by the front door was transformed by one of my lovely neighbours. Bliss. I have a star hanging on the wall of the family room but it was in the same box as some of the lights so there wasn’t any point putting it back in storage. I’ve started moving stuff to make space for our tree. But that won’t come home until the 17th. I started Christmas shopping, both online and off. Need a really good idea for hubby. Might buy him a goat and some backyard chickens for a family in Africa. I can do that online! Cards – still haven’t painted the perfect picture to use this year so must get to that soon. Really soon. And buy stamps. It’s Dec 2 already – Jesus Murphy, I’d better move my ass!

  34. Bobbi says:

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, so says my mama………..i have 1 gift bought and they wrapped it in the store….just got lists from mostly everyone and feel a big boohoo coming on…
    my knuckles are beginning to whiten….maybe just a bottle of vodka and forget the holiday ??

  35. Ruth says:

    you are the queen of sheets AND you are better than me. Haven’t done a thing for Christmas yet. Except at work. 😛

  36. Monica says:

    I did join in the Christmas pledge and sooo happy I did. Along with you the weather has held back on the outdoor decor, but inside I’m decked out even including this year’s mini tree themed in Feliz Navidad. Cards are pretty much done aside from those important stamps. Gifting and wrapping complete with the exception of hubby’s friends to gift to which he is in charge of.
    So thanks for the idea to finish early….I’m in the holiday mood and ready to enjoy the month of celebrating not dashing to and fro.

  37. Ruthy Sue says:

    Thank you Karen for getting my a** in gear this year! I took the pledge, but gave myself an extra week to finish all the presents I was going to make myself. Looks like I’m on track to have store bought presents and craft supplies purchased, as well as have the house decorated inside and out by Sunday. Then next week is the fun part, crafts, baking and wrapping! This was such a great idea, December will be so much more enjoyable becuase of you. Good luck finishing up this weekend!

  38. Brandi says:

    I always buy my stamps online. They take about 2 weeks but anything is better than constantly forgeting to pick them up. Plus I can browse the fun stamp options at my leisure & no fear of someone going postal on me!

  39. cruella says:

    Nooo, there are various can’t dos on your list: in Sweden it’s practically forbidden to send Christmas cards too early (before Dec 16, say) and putting the tree up before Dec 23 is sacrilege. Most people fix the lights and stuff for Advent which is observed lighting a new candle each Sunday, but the real Christmassy decorations are saved for later.

    Shopping and the adressing and writing of cards are very good ideas though.

  40. Trissi V. says:

    I didn’t take the pledge, but subconsciously have been playing along. The house was decorated, to include the tree last weekend. We have put away the boxes that the decorating stuff was in. The lights went up outside (but maybe too soon since we had a weekend wind storm yesterday). Gift buying is almost done, though gift crafting is a bit of a mess right now…why I am trying to learn crochet right now, I will never know.

  41. Ripley Slade says:

    Is the fella going to talk about four “true” stocking stuffers….

  42. Susan says:

    I am a complete failure. Nothing decorated. Few presents obtained (but hey, gave the kids theirs when they came over T’giving to put under their tree). So not even a complete failure.

    Oh, and I did get Christmas Forever stamps at Costco at a discount. P.O. prices going up in January, so a + on my side for that.

    Love you!!

  43. Nancy says:

    I still have a few gifts to order online.I also prefer to wrap gifts in Dec..with Christmas music playing of course..otherwise I am pretty much..ready to do the fun things like baking..you probably do a lot more decorating than I do Karen because you are SO creative..I hope you will be posting some pictures for us to enjoy..have fun decorating this weekend!!

  44. Rachele says:

    I made my pledge and promptly got sick. I must be destined to scramble around at the last minute. At least I *thought* about what I was doing for gifts and decorations, better than usual at this time of year. I have an actual plan for once.

  45. Sandy says:

    Well, I haven’t bought one gift but on the plus side I have 80% of the decorating done. Mind you, I had to do that for my own blog, so it was a forced play. Otherwise I’d be joining you in the heavy drinking and inventing new swear words. lol

  46. Aimee says:

    I didn’t take the pledge, but I did start early. I beat everyone to the punch on Christmas cards, a true necessity, since I neglected to send out change of address cards in March. Shopping? About 50%, and I do most of that online. Indoor decorations, 90%. Outdoor decorations are pretty much DH’s job, and he’s on that this weekend. I’m feeling pretty good.

  47. Bonnie says:

    No, I didn’t take the Christmas pledge. That is because I am so wishy-washy about Christmas. We are trying to decide what we are doing for Christmas and how much. I bought some cards in case I decide to send them. I’ll probably order gifts online. I just can’t think about it. I think those of you who love Christmas should mentor those of us who are not so sure.

  48. SK Farm Girl says:

    Thank you Karen! Without your pledge I would not have accomplished as much as I have. I think “pledge” is just another word for “compete” or “dare” – strang, I know! I am so dangerously close to being finished it scares me! A few home-made things to whip up (wheat bags, bath salts), a little wrapping and I think I’m pretty much done! Outside is decorated, the house is decorated, the “store-bought” gifts purchased, baking done, cards completed and mailed, and wrapping ready to go. Should have the final few things done up this weekend! Thanks again, Karen for “daring” me to finish the Christmas stuff by December 4; no competitive bones in this body – HAH!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays – whatever your thing, eat, drink and be merry!

  49. Jaclyn says:

    Presents & Wrapping- I’ve completed most of my holiday shopping as well and all online too! What a life saver! I chose to fork over extra cash to have most of the presents gift wrapped too, so I have minimal wrapping before the of the weekend.

    Decorating- Check

    Christmas Cards- Not so much…I decided to be crafty this year & make mine…It hasn’t worked out yet. LOL. Oh well, you win some & lose some.

    Congrats on your progress! 🙂

  50. Tasha says:

    You inspired us! Cards out, Christmas picture books made and mailed, my presents are 95% done, husband is close, Christmas books are out and being enjoyed. I love it – you have made Christmas better in our house. Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Tasha – I don’t mean to get all misty eyed and crap, but that really does make me feel good. Enjoy it! Get drunk, get rowdy, or do some crafts … whatever your thing is. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Tasha says:

        Well, glad to make you weepy??? And we will do all that! I am finishing my grandmother’s shawl tonight and tomorrow I will be eating raw oysters and drinking martinis with my father – an annual, belated Father’s Day present.

        Merry Christmas!

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