Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Spirit of Grinch! ME?

cornbread stuffing

I want to thank those of you that have left me comments showing concern for me. It meant a great deal to me. It is so nice to know that people care, it can make a world of difference in how you are feeling. A BIG Thank you! Also, if I have hurt anyone leaving them to feel neglected, I am sorry. I am still here. I have just had a difficult time shifting the gears of life. So much has happened this last week, it has me feeling so many things.

It all started the morning after Thanksgiving. I went for my daily walk earlier than usual since I was off from work. I noticed that everyone in Hughson was out and about in their yards putting up Christmas lights and decorations. I was thinking, 'Gee, I haven't even digested my Thanksgiving dinner. Whoa! This is all too soon! There is one more week left of November!' Then when I got home, my husband was getting down from the attic with boxes of Christmas decorations piled everywhere and a Christmas tree was standing in the driveway of our home. Let's just say, I was feeling a little pressured. grrr!
Then Saturday rolled around, I went out for my walk and I noticed every one's yard and the huge abundance of Christmas paraphernalia. Don't get me wrong, I am all for decorating and such... (and please forgive me if you are one of these exciting-ambitious people) BUT! I do believe there should at least be a theme. Some yards have the big air balloon's of Walt Disney (that they keep going around the clock! What happened to concerving our energy?) characters, stick Christmas trees, reindeer's, snowmen, huge packages with lights, lollipops, candy canes and then a nativity scene. Big Sigh. I think to myself, 'how much did all of this cost!?' It is almost like watching neighbors trying to out do each other in the decorating area. What are they teaching their children? Will they continue this in their coming generations? Are they in debt? I just want to get on the highest roof top and scream "STOP THIS MADNESS!"

I have been keeping this to myself, feeling like maybe I have a little of the Grinch spirit.


  1. Thanks for being so honest!
    Take your time. You don't have to have everything "Christmas-ready" the first week of December!
    I am starting slow, too.
    I am just glad, you are not sick or anything like that.

  2. Oh my goodness Angela, I thought you looked a little green last time I saw you!

    Seriously...YOU are SO ON TARGET!!
    I feel the same way. I love to decorate the inside of my home, because that is where WE live! I want it warm and cozy and full of Nativity scenes and Chrismas music.

    Outside...that's the World's territory! Gold Pumpkins left over from Fall is my only contribution!!

    Oh, I just looked in the mirror and I'm a nice shade of green too!

    Love you forever, sweet Angela!!
    Wanda Mom

  3. Angela Marie I love more than words can say....Just remember we have had our time, it is now thier time and you will be sooooo glad you remembered some day I promise, by the way I know that your reasons have many layers....I love you

  4. Dear Angela,

    Its all a bit nuts isnt it ;).

    Take it slow and easy and enjoy the real spirit of the season...

    which is meant to bring peace.

    Lots of love, M

  5. Oh my goodness, I am right there WITH YOU! I put up my tree on Sunday - ONLY BECAUSE...it was used at my church's Ladies' Tea the day before. Someone took the time to fluff it up and assemble it and I am lazy and took advantage of their work. Poof - instant set up tree in my living room!

    My neighbors are all trying to out decorate each other. Mostly I find it tacky. But I also have the same thoughts as you. But to each her own.

    So I have one single strand of multi colored lights outlining my front door. The excess length is wrapped around my metal roadrunner next to the door. And my tree can be seen through the window until I go to bed. That's it. Sorry crazed lunatic neighbors.

  6. nice to see you back I share in the
    feeling pressured experience that you did and last week well you know. I think our trip on sat helped a little
    but like you I have been working hard to get the tree done. and so maybe I was feeling the " grinch" a little too!

    love ya