|These two women have no idea that Prairie Grlz exist.|
I have friended Anne Lamott on Facebook. Today Anne's status said she is giving half of her stuff away as a gift to herself. WOW! That is what I have been doing since December 26th.(You can also give a gift to yourself by friending Anne on Facebook. Her status reports are just as funny & insightful as her books.)
Prairie Friends, I was too busy decorating my house to do anything but decorate. After I was done decorating, I immediately turned around and put away the decorations.
It turns out my children didn't even notice the holiday cheer I DUMPED about the house. For example, I landscaped the top of my kitchen cabinets with a sprawling Dickens Village that lit up. I even inserted tufts of cotton snow between the houses. Most nights no one thought to plug in the houses. Or worse, sometimes the houses were still lit when I made my morning coffee. That made me stress about my carbon footprint, which is already huge since I have three kids.
|"Take us to Goodwill..." (NOTE: This is not actually Prairie Eydie's snowman collection)|
No one noticed the delightful snowman scene I created on top of the game cabinet (formerly known as the china hutch). I spent hours propping snow figures up on books and arranging rustic trees around them. Apparently, I also stopped noticing the snowmen because two days after I was "done" putting away Christmas decorations, I realized creepy snowmen were still leering down from the cabinet, like a booger you walked around with all day and didn't notice until you took your make up off.
Let it be known that I now strongly dislike holiday decorating. I hate putting away Rudolph bobble heads and detangling beaded garland. (It got too tangled this year, so I just threw it out. Yeah, yeah. Carbon footprint.) Don't get me started on twinkle lights or mangy poinsettias.
Next year, all I am doing is getting a large tree (Would you stop with the carbon footprint judgments?) and hanging up stockings. That is where my kids find joy. I will find joy eating hot artichoke dip with my family and friends. Oh! And actually having time to watch Rudolph. (Prairie Sherry has promised to make me reread this post next December if I forget and start to drag out the crowd of Christmas Barbies. )
|aka Prairie Eydie|