Christmas Disasters 2009

On the surface, Advent seems to be running smoothly, without a hitch. The cookies for two cookie exchange parties are partially done, sitting in my freezer. The On the surface, Advent seems to be running smoothly, without a hitch. The cookies for two cookie exchange parties are partially done, sitting in my freezer. The Guinness Cakes are made, sitting in the dining room, as I pour beer into them each morning. However, I am crumbling, crumbling underneath. Doubling the cookie dough does not make a good cookie. There will be a disaster somewhere along the assembly line. Mine came up when every cookie cut would not come off the waxed paper. Extra flour did not help. Cookie baking sessions reveal to me that I am aging. The session completely pulled my energy out, and destroyed my kitchen. (The boys smashing candy canes for these cookies sent the kitchen over the edge.) The smashed candy cane cookie plan was scraped, mid-baking, and these cream cookie sandwiches were substituted. I had to call a cleaning lady to help me put the kitchen back together. The kids opened Blokus, hoping it would quell some of the pre-Christmas anxiety and give them something to do. The game has turned into an all-out war between the brothers every time they play – tears included. Someone gave me a “the look” for calling the cleaning lady. The hair dryer would not work. I kept hitting the “reset” button on the outlet, went to the basement to flip the fuse switch, and still nothing. I was plugging in the wrong cord. There is no year on this year’s Christmas Cards. This might be the best move of the year, as they sit on my piano collecting dust. “Mom, why are there presents behind the sofa?” The cream that goes between the cookie sandwiches is still not done. Will anyone care? As if the cookies weren’t enough, I decided to make the “mile high” angel food cake for my son’s December Birthday. After separating 15 eggs, the cake was a complete flop, and I have no idea why. The worst part is I want to try this recipe again. The “must haves” change so quickly I’m seriously considering getting a stack of fresh one dollar bills, and putting a big Santa stamp on them, and calling them Santa Dollars. What Elf? Another Mom repeatedly insulted me. I pretended not to notice, and had the grace to ignore her. So, she got louder. Wool has been my extreme comfort this year – it’s the only fabric that keeps me warm. I bought myself a couple of new wool sweaters, and ended up running behind to pick up the boys. I quickly threw on a brand new wool sweater to fend of the chill. After waving and speaking to oodles of people, a friend kindly pulled me over to the side and said, “Your tag is sticking out.” “>Guinness Cakes are made, sitting in the dining room, as I pour beer into them each morning. However, I am crumbling, crumbling underneath this false facade.

  • Doubling the cookie dough does not make a good cookie. There will be a disaster somewhere along the assembly line. Mine came up when every cookie cut would not come off the waxed paper. Extra flour did not help.
  • Cookie baking sessions reveal to me that I am aging. The session completely pulled my energy out, and destroyed my kitchen. (The boys smashing candy canes for these cookies sent the kitchen over the edge.)
  • The smashed candy cane cookie plan was scraped, mid-baking, and these cream cookie sandwiches were substituted.
  • I had to call a cleaning lady to help me put the kitchen back together.

Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies

Martha’s Kitchen — not mine.

  • The cream that goes between the cookie sandwiches is still not done. Will anyone care?
  • The kids opened Blokus, hoping it would quell some of the pre-Christmas anxiety and give them something to do. The game has turned into an all-out war between the brothers every time they play – tears included.
  • Someone gave me “the look” for calling a cleaning lady. Guilt is brewing in my soul.
  • The hair dryer would not work. I kept hitting the “reset” button on the outlet, went to the basement to flip the fuse switch, and still nothing. I was plugging in the wrong cord.
  • There is no year on this year’s Christmas Cards. This might be the best move of the year, as they sit on my piano collecting dust.
  • “Mom, why are there presents behind the sofa?”
  • As if the cookies weren’t enough, I decided to make the “mile high” angel food cake for my son’s December Birthday. After separating 15 eggs, the cake was a complete flop,

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and I have no idea why. As if losing the eggs isn’t bad enough, I have an urge to try this recipe again.

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  • The “must haves” change so quickly I’m seriously considering getting a stack of fresh one dollar bills, and putting a big Santa stamp on them, and calling them Santa Dollars, and calling Christmas done.
  • What Elf?
  • Another Mom repeatedly insulted me. I pretended not to notice, and had the grace to ignore her. So, she got louder.
  • My dentist tells me I’m grinding my teeth. He says it’s “STRESS,” and says it usually happens to a lot of people this time of year.
  • I’m not stressed, I’m just cold. It’s been extremely cold, and I’m having a hard time staying warm. SO…
  • Wool has been my extreme comfort this year – it’s the only fabric that keeps me warm. I bought myself a couple of new wool sweaters, and ended up running behind to pick up the boys. I quickly threw on a brand new wool sweater to fend of the chill. After waving and speaking to oodles of people, a friend kindly pulled me over to the side and said, “Your tag is sticking out, and it’s really big.”

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10 comments on “Christmas Disasters 2009
  1. I read this post and was a little sad. I truly hope that this current string of “disasters” doesn’t damper your cheerful spirit. I am a fairly new Mom and people are often telling me, “Do what you need to do in order to survive”. I let my newborn spend half the night beside me so that I can get some sleep and have enough energy to chase my 2 year old around the next day. You need to call the cleaning lady so that you can save your sanity and not blow a fuse. Don’t feel guilty, feel blessed that you were able to spend the time making a mess with the boys. Make a list of what is most important to get done, start your day with some yoga, and see what you can get checked off the list!

  2. Kari,
    I hope I didn’t frighten you — you would think now that I don’t have newborns life wouldn’t be so hectic — but it is. As I wrote this, I was laughing, because I start out with such great intentions, and I can see it all the way to the finish, without a hitch. I am frequently, always, wrong. But, I do feel blessed in spite of it all. If this is the worst disaster of the season; so be it.

    However, I do miss my Mom helping me out around the holidays, I miss her cookies, and I’m sure that adds to my overall anxiety level.

    Although, much of my stress could be avoided. It seems women can be much too hard on each other, and that leads to more stress to the people who need it the least; the moms.

    Sleeping with your baby — that is exactly what I did! I remember those nights, because it was the only way to get my baby to sleep, and sleep we all needed! And, by the way, he’s 14 now, and does not want to crawl into my bed! I hope you are not facing guilt from other Moms on that one — because it is truly a lifesaver. And those cuddly nights spent with your baby will last in your heart forever.

  3. Oh Susie, YOU are too hard on yourself! I often find myself wondering why I can’t be more like you in everything that you do. We haven’t even done Christmas cards this year….still hoping to get that done. Believe it or not, there has been no mention of the “elf” at our house this year. (we don’t have one and I am shocked that no one even mentioned it this year…thankfully!) And, I love to bake Christmas cookies and I wonder “when? when can I do the one thing at Christmas that I absolutely love to do?” I’m thinking I may go the easier route of making candies this year.

    For this year, I have that “one” very special Christmas gift for the boys that I can’t wait to give them!!! (you know what that is!)

    Enjoy your holidays, friend!

  4. I feel like I ought to be grinding my teeth!

    Our decision to start using a cleaning lady definitely saved our relationship – never feel guilt about that (well, so long as you’re paying a fair wage 🙂

  5. I was interested in your guiness cakes. I am making
    a guiness cake for Christmas – but the recipe I
    am using – you add the guiness in the batter and that
    is it. I like the idea of pouring the guiness over the cake.
    Will you share your recipe? I clicked on the link
    but nothing came up.

    Thanks, Carrie

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