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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's Thanxmas!


posted by Maureen

Have you noticed?? It’s the newest holiday! A mixture of Thanksgiving and Christmas! Next time you’re wandering through the mall or Target or Walmart, check it out. There’s Santa, propped up next to a turkey platter. Oh, and the Christmas lights and Hannukah stars alongside plastic Horns of Plenty. Sniffle. It’s just so special.

Basically, it seems to me like the merchants of the world are in such a big rush to get the annual spending rolling along that they’ve created a new holiday. Thanxmas. This way, you can shop for both at the same time. Or, like me, you can have both of them sneak up on you at once. Also a time saver.

The worst part of this? I didn’t even NOTICE the holidays headed my way! I was talking to Susan yesterday and we were planning out our schedules for the next few weeks when she broke it to me that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!! I didn’t even believe her. I ran back to check the calendar and didn’t believe IT. Yet there it was. Staring at me.

Thanksgiving in one week and Christmas hot on its heels! How did this happen? How did I not notice the year was ending??? But I know how. I’ve been busy, okay? I’ve written six books this year and to do that, you’ve got to spend most of your time staring at the computer. Now that I know it’s holiday time though, I’m going to take a breath and enjoy.

But, I’m taking ‘em one at a time. Thanksgiving Day will find us out at my mom’s. Now, mom’s been doing Thanksgiving dinner for, well...ever. She loves it. Loves the mess. Loves the turkey cooking. Loves having everyone over. And hey, I don’t have to cook a turkey. Big plus. The only problem being (and I know mom’s reading this, hi mom!), that mom’s house is WAY smaller than it used to be!

When my dad died four years ago, mom sold their house and bought a cute little condo. It’s a chick nest, is what it is. Gorgeous, cozy, just right for her. But when we’re all inside, cozy doesn’t even cover it! We’ve got to take turns breathing! So this year, I figure I’ll toss a blanket on her front lawn, sit outside where I can cut my turkey without slapping my brother off his chair, and give thanks that the family is together.

Wherever we are.

What about you guys? Thanxmas plans?? And oh yeah, don't forget to VOTE FOR KATE!

20 Comments:

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Love the that Thanxmas Santa Turkey Pumpkin, oh, my!

We have Thanksgiving at a friend's. She cooks. We bring the wine. It's perfect.

Actual Xmas? So not there yet. But the J has informed me we are doing the tree--a live one, as usual--or I mean a *formerly* live one. All those lights I get to put on that thing. I think I feel faint already. And all the surfaces must be decked. Eventually, I'll get around to facing the shopping and the Xmas dinner, which will be small and cooked by moi.

Ho-ho-ho, already.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Right there with ya, Chris!! How i came to be in charge of lighting the tree, I do not remember. But we too go for a formerly live tree. Smells good. Till the needles start dropping like green rain!!

Ah, the holiday spirit!

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

This is seriously bad news. I am trying to IGNORE the holidays and now you've add a new one!

Thanxmas.

And even worse, you made me laugh about it!

So, you don't want to slap your brother of his chair?

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

LOL, Jen! When I slap my brother, I prefer him to be standing. That way, at 6'2", he has farther to fall!

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

I *love* that the Christmas stuff is already out!! Love it!! This is my first Christmas decorating in 10, count 'em, 10 years!! I can't wait. The garage already has many, many things in it. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I'm putting Christmas CDs on and decorating all day!

We're having Turkday day at my sister-in-laws. I'd love to have it here and cook and serve and be hostess, but there are pets here and allergies in the dh's family. So sad.

As to the formly live tree...I worry about Nikki, possibly the world's cutest dog, eating the needles and then needing complex surgery to remove them. So we'll do the fake tree.

That's the bad news. The good news...it's pre lit. Yup, there are *1200* lights on the sucker. All we have to do is plug it in. It's gonna be fabulous!!

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Susan, I so love the whole prelit thing. We have 1200 lights on our tree, too. But they don't get there till I put them there.

Argh. Eeek! help!

And really, I love you and all but you are just simply too cheerful about this whole Thanxmas ordeal.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Pre-lit is the way to go. When they first started making them, I thought "no-way" I love doing lights myself...then I saw the error of my ways--I think it took another child to make that leap of logic for me.

We normally do the tree the weekend of Thanksgiving, but will be waiting until the weekend of december 9th this year, due to dh being out of the country on business...and my not wanting to have the 100# dog messing with the tree when I am the only one to restrain her. :)

Happy Thanxmas to all and to all a good day!

Kim

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Everyone says pre-lit is the way to go. While I'm cooking for 9 on Thanksgiving (can't wait, except I have all this cleaning to do first), I'm not sure what's happening for Christmas. We are scheduled to be Hawaii, so I wasn't planning on doing a tree this year, but I'm having a party on December 1 and Surfer Guy's back surgery might mean we postpone our trip. ::sniff:: Of course, Surfer Guy's back surgery means he can't get the holiday boxes down from the rafters either!

On Thankmas I guess I'll be on top of a ladder.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

1200 lights??? Wow....I feel like such a slacker..I won't even say the pitifully low number of lights on my tree!! Especially knowing Chris does them all herself, too!

Christie..Christmas in Hawaii sounds very nice..on the other hand, if you stay home, you get your own bed!!

Kim, an EXCELLENT reason for putting off the tree weekend! And Happy Thanxmas to you, too! ggg

And Susan...Okay, you get to be that excited! Of course, you could look at pine needles as much needed fiber for possibly the cutest dog in the world!

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Okay. My bad. Maureen's right, Susan. Just because I'm a total whiny Scrooge doesn't mean you have to be.

Enjoy! Spread light and good cheer and that weird pudding they have in England.

Plum pudding. My Granny used to make that. With hard sauce. Boy, if you didn't feel like eating it, you could use it for a weapon. Bop someone on the head with that baby and they'd go down and never get up. It was cooked wrapped in a dish towel, as I recall...

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

I shouldn't be drinking coffee when I read your stuff, Maureen. You slapping your brother off his chair...damn, almost ruined my keyboard!! LOL

I'm very happy about Christmas, too, because we're going to the Great Brother's house in the Bay Area, Yay!! No trees, no lights, no sh*t!! *G* He decorates to the max and it's amazing and ostentatious. We show up and do nothing but have fun. Yay! It's not Hawaii, but....yay!!!

And Thanksgiving's at Mom's this year, only she's moving so we're going out to dinner! No cooking! No cleaning! Yay!!!

Essentially, I get to be a complete slug this year -- and I love it!!

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

See Kate??? That's the kind of Thanxmas anybody could get behind!!

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAUREEN YOU ARE RIGHT, I LOVE THE WHOLE THANXMAS THING. I LOVE DOING THE TURKEY AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT. YOU ALL WILL BE HAPPY TO KNOW I AM NOT GOING TO FIX TURNIP GREENS THIS YEAR, EVEN IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER LOL.

SUSAN I HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL TREE AND BUFFIE, MY CAT, IS INSISTING ON TRYING TO EAT THE LIMBS, NOW WE ALL KNOW THAT THE TREE HAS A FIRE RETARDENT ON IT, I WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HER IF I CAN'T MAKE HER STOP EATING THE TREE.........

SALLYE, MAUREENS MOM

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Hi Mom! My mom is a HUGE believer in Thanxmas! Her tree has been up for two weeks already!! Nothing she likes better than those Christmas lights. In fact, she's been known to enjoy them clear into February! LOL

Love you, mom!

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Christyne Butler said...

Hi all,

LOL Maureen on Thanxmas...but I love it!! These are my two favorite holidays because I get to pig out one day and put up a tree and Christmas village the next!! Yeah!!

Oh, pre-lite trees are the best!! I spend so much time ohhhing and ahhhing over each ornament and the memories they bring that it takes me forever to get the tree decorated!

Does anyone else continue to 'mess' with the tree after its finished? My poor tree is never done -- I continue to move, shift, and rearrange stuff all month long! The same with my village -- I'll move the people around the city -- drives my hubby nuts which is probably why I do it! ggg

But to sit in a dark living room with just the glow of the Christmas lights....ah, bliss!

Thanksgiving will be at my BIL's Elks Lodge -- he's the grand poohba this year and hubby's FIL is still recovering from hip surgery. Eating out is fine with me -- no cooking and no dishes!

Thanks for all the good wishes on my sale -- still floating!!

Oh, and Susan...loving your Millionaires!! I read Kane/Willow’s story first and I am in the middle of Ryan/Julie's now. I love how you manage to get so much 'family' into a small category length book...bravo!

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Christyne: LOL on the Grand Poohba!

I'm with you though. I never stop fiddling with the tree. My dh loves tinsel..so I'm shifting it, filling in gaps or whatever for weeks! And the ornaments are too fun.I too get lost in the memories of it and there's nothing I like better than sitting in the dark, watching the tree....... so okay. Maybe I'm more ready for Christmas than I thought!

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

Christyne--I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying the Millionaire series.

As for fiddling, I try not to. If I mess to much, disaster is sure to follow.

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Dana Diamond said...

I loved this! I already celebrate Chrismukkah. Thanxmas totally works for me.

Also, I forgot Thanksgiving is next week too...and it's at my house!

:) d

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Sandra D said...

Hi Maureen..before I comment on this much loved season...I finished Eternally and loved it!
Everyone buy it...and mine is autographed!

I love this season..all of it.
I passed the Thanksgiving baton to Dana years ago...actually to her hubby better known as Mr.P. He is a great cooker of turkey and I am a great "buyer" of Honey Baked Ham.

I used to have 25-30 people over..with all the fixings.
This year will be smaller group about 20 I think. Lots of food..family...and overeating.

Christmas/Chanukah..I started buying in September. I love it all!!

 
At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Rhonda Pollero said...

Maureen!!!!!! Okay, I shall pause for a moment and ponder why I didn't know about your blog. Humble apologies if you told me . . . but as always, I love reading your comments! Just sorry I was so slow on the uptake.
Hummmmm . . . Holiday 101 . . . Well, since my family is a lot like the Sharks and the Jets, I'm doing the 'not my holiday' thing - my sister gets custody of the Wicked Witch of the East while I grab Bob and Katie to go off and enjoy a lovely meal with friends. This being Florida, it's an ex patriot party - most of us have family out of state (except cursed me), so we band together to toast the season. And toast, and toast, and . . . well, you get the idea. Happy Thanxmas and enjoy your lawn party.
*Rhonda

 

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