yeah, that’s what is happening around here due to an odd stomach bug that the kids caught somewhere and gave to both greg and I over this past weekend and now into the week. it started with ruth throwing up on Friday a bunch and then joel and I getting hit Saturday. then, Monday, greg had to come home early from work and call in yesterday all together, barely able to get off the couch. needless to say, we haven’t been getting much Christmas stuff done.
the only thing we’ve really been successful at since this illness hit is watching Christmas movies. I love Christmas movies. though, I do have to admit that since this santa thing has come to the front of my attention, that nearly every stinking movie regarding Christmas is all about non-believers being changed to believers. I have to say, it’s pissing me off a bit that ruth is getting such mixed messages. I mean, the general consensus is that everyone needs to worry about the “spoiler” kids that know that santa is not real spreading the vicious truth to the masses. but, if you wanna know how I feel about it, I’m on the other end of the spectrum. I want to protect my kids from kids that fervently swear that the jolly elf is real. and all of these movies…seriously. what is this extremely odd obsession we have with perpetuating this story so passionately? it’s almost like you’re taking on god or religion when you dare question santa (don’t get me started on either of those two topics:)
regardless of the mainstream santa mania, I still like the movies. would you believe I was able to find one of my old favorites on youtube for free? it’s an old muppet tv special from 1987 that we had recorded off the tv onto videocassette and watched every year. ruth didn’t like all the singing. she actually preferred “a Christmas story” and sat through the entire two hour movie one night. she seems to be a little more serious in her tastes than perhaps I am, and she goes for the stuff with more content. I’ve noticed that with her and books as well. now that she’s becoming a kid and all, stuff needs to be more in depth to hold her attention.
I haven’t been out Christmas shopping, feeling first like crap myself and then not being able to leave the kids with greg who felt like crap while I ran out to the store. I haven’t made many cookies.
but, you know, it’s been kinda nice to be forced to slow down at this time when you can feel like you need to constantly be kicking it into the next gear as you accelerate towards the big day. not that I hope that you get sick, but I hope that you find some way of slowing down and enjoying the holiday, snuggling up on the couch and just chilling. that’s where the real peace on earth can be found.