12 Days of Christmas

12.13.10-12 Days ‘Til Christmas
Today I spent $55 on shipping. I don’t even care.

12.14.10-11 Days ‘Til Christmas
Today I brought cards to all of my coworkers. In return, I got a martini glass filled with nuts, a book and a gift certificate for a pedicure and bottle of wine with my buddy. πŸ™‚

12.15.10-10 Days ‘Til Christmas
Today I walked into an elementary school and saw a teacher with antlers on her head because it was “reindeer day.” Then, I went over to the 4th grade hall and was informed that the paper chain links that were draped from the ceiling symbolized the cans of food that they had collected for the food bank.

12.16.10-9 Days ‘Til Christmas
Today I got a holiday package from one of my most favorite people in the world. Inside was a bag of chocolate and an apron. πŸ˜€ I also got warm socks, homemade jam and Dutch chocolate from a real Dutch person! I am truly blessed to be around such generous friends!

12.17.10-8 Days ‘Til Christmas
Laundry Day! How excited am I about a trip to LALA Land? I hate to pack, but it reminds me that I’m going somewhere awesome to celebrate the holidays.

12.18.10-7 Days ‘Til Christmas
In preparation for the holidays, I ate all of the truffles that a coworker made me. She’s an expert at sweets, so of course they were delicious and wrapped beautifully. The only downside is that they go fast! So, I tried to make some truffles of my own. Unfortunately, I’m no expert like she is, and my concoction ended up more like chocolate mousse. Still delicious, but it’s not quite the same!

12.19.10-6 Days ‘Til Christmas
I can’t say that today was a great day. I’m supposed to leave for LA, but instead I’m sitting trapped in the airport waiting to leave in the morning. Things had been going so well that I guess I was due for a down. I had boarded the plane and not even 20 minutes passed by before the pilot said that we would be unable to take off due to the weather. I understood. Safety first. But those 20 minutes were dreadful…not because of the anticipation of leaving or the discomfort of those little seats. The problem was these three males behind me. Not only were they loud and obnoxious, but they were also flipping through a magazine (which I didn’t care to turn around to look at) and deciding which women they “would do.” They also asserted “how lucky Hugh Heffner” is because he “gets to bang all those girls.” Mind you, these guys couldn’t have been older than 14, 15 or so. It made me sad to hear that trashy talk coming out of their mouths not only because it’s degrading to women (and men, too) but also because that’s the age group I work with. I hate to see the youth of today tarnished by such attitudes. Granted, they’re probably the kids who need the most love and attention, so I guess that I’ve found what I need to add to my Christmas list this year.

12.20.10-5 Days ‘Til Christmas
FINALLY got to my holiday destination! It’s raining here, but I’ll take water over frozen water for now.

12.21.10-4 Days ‘Til Christmas
Wrapped presents. I don’t know what it is, but I LOVE wrapping presents. I guess it’s part of the process of giving that makes me happy. Or maybe it’s just one of those things that reminds me of being in kindergarten–with all that cutting and taping and making things fit into the right boxes. Bonus points if I get to make the package look pretty with various random embellishments. I’m convinced that  sometimes the effort that you put into the wrapping is part of the present itself.

12.22.10-3 Days ‘Til Christmas
Spent the day sick in bed. Too much holiday cheer? No way. There’s no such thing.

12.23.10-2 Days ‘Til Christmas
Last minute shopping. I went everywhere with big sister today. Best part was going to a Mexican superstore and hearing Spanish songs other than Feliz Navidad. πŸ˜€

12.24.10-1 Day Until Christmas
How awesome is it when you go to a Christmas party as the newbie and walk away with $10 playing silly Christmas games? I never knew that my word scrambling skills could be put to such good use when finding how many words can be made from the letters in the phrase “Merry Christmas”

12.25.10-MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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