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December 12, 2008

Kids and Christmas

Damn it. Excuse my french (mais c'est pas Fran├žais). Why am I getting Christmas cards?! It's weeks away. Wait. Crap. What's the date?

No. We can't be in the middle of December?! It hit hard when I was on skype yesterday and the friend in Mexico, with whom I was skype-ing, had a lovely lit tree in the background. Double crap. We don't have a tree. Yet.

I did attempt to light up the outside of the house. I bought environmentally-friendly solar powered Christmas Lights. They - well - suck. Flash from 5:00 - 5:20 and then nothing. It's just sad to see lights that suck. Better not to light at all I say.

This weekend - we're doing the tree. It gets decorated from mid-point to bottom (as that is where Thing 1 and Thing 2 can reach). Nothing on the tree is breakable or irreplaceable (I have been responsible for tree crashings more than once in my life -- all times -- my fault -- the physics of tree erection are simply -- too complicated).

This whole Christmas thing - well, it represents our life. Full of good intentions and a bit of rush. We paint Popsicle sticks and print pictures from the computer to make photo frame ornaments for the tree. The star is cereal box cardboard traced in the form of a star and covered with aluminum paper - held in place by an aluminum covered toilet paper role. Thing 1 and I made it together one December afternoon. That star is who we are. Not perfect but a good story.

Life's all about the good stories.

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