Sunday, December 9, 2012

Perfection Pending

My book club's Christmas party was this past Thursday. For the past 5 years or so, we've chosen a Christmas book to read to discuss at the party, and we've read some pretty good ones. Not so this year (at least in my opinion, but that's what matters on my own blog, right?!) This year we read Debbie Macomber's The Perfect Christmas. Gag. Sickening. Waste of my time. (And I'm actually a fan of a good romance.) Good thing it was a quick read. In hindsight, the title should have clued me off:  a perfect Christmas? As Jane Austen said so well, "Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked."

I thought of this as we were decorating our tree this week. And I say "this week" because we bought it Tuesday, but were too busy to decorate it. We put the lights up Wednesday, but again, too busy for the ornaments. We finally managed to put up the ornaments and the tree looks fabulous (and smells even better!) But nothing went according to the "ideal tree decorating experience" in my mind--you know, the one where everyone harmoniously puts their decorations on the tree, bathed in the soft glow of the lights, with the Christmas music in the background, and then maybe we all drink hot chocolate and enjoy each other's company. Nope. Instead H fought with everyone. He wanted to hold all of the ornaments and if you didn't let him, he tried to forcibly pry it from your hands. He didn't want to wait for the hooks or the batteries. He didn't want to wait for me to unwrap ornaments from their wrappings. And Sweetie asked about 15 times why she didn't get to put the star on the top. So it's a good thing that I had that Jane Austen quote in mind so keep me amused at our absolutely-not-perfect tree-decorating this year. I tried to document some of it here (and notice that I actually made it in one of the pictures this time!):


Madsen Family said...

That makes me laugh because that is sooooooooooo how it was at my house this year. It took us three days; then when I finally decided to decorate I was watching another one-year-old, and Josh was gone and Will left alone to place ornaments while I was tending to two one-year-olds and then those SAME one-year-olds would take all Will's ornaments down and Will would get upset and then the cycle would begin again. The tree looks a bit disastrous but at least it's done. I'm calling it my "good-enough" tree! But of course, yours is far more poetic, what with perfection pending! At least now we can enjoy the lovely smell and look of the tree. Merry Christmas.

Lindsay Riggs said...

I'm glad we could laugh at that quote and gag about the book together at the party! :)

bluestocking mama said...

Lindsay, I was going to email you to thank you for the quote!