Monday, December 03, 2007

am I the only one who didn't realize that Christmas is coming?

< Picture me standing behind this.

I still have a pumpkin (which never did get carved) frozen onto the top step of the front porch.

I have yet to write my European Christmas cards, six of them in German, which I need to relearn every year.
Postal deadline for cards to Europe: November 26

I baked my brandy fruitcake yesterday.
Number of weeks that it needs to be injected with brandy: 6

I hauled the Advent calendar out of the basement this morning.
Date on which the month of December begins: 1st
Decorating? Christmas letter? Cookie baking? Presents?


Allison said...

I think we are all in the same boat (at least I hope). Holiday cards, in my opinion can arrive anytime up until Jan.2.

The international post date here is Dec. 10. I have to have everything out by Friday though, as I trust not Royal Mail.

Will the cake taste horribly bad if it doesn't sit for 6 weeks?

Good luck with all the things on your list!

Zed said...

You can send the brandy fruitcake to me in January. Don't worry about it!


justacoolcat said...

"I still have a pumpkin (which never did get carved) frozen onto the top step of the front porch."

Me too, times ten. And the pressure of having Christmas and the wife's birthday in the same month is making me want to drink that cake.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i tried to make my annual xmas cd this weekend. and failed. :(

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Calm down. Take a deep breath. Now scream as loud as you can. Feel better? You shouldn't because you just wasted a few precious seconds. Sorry.

John Mutford said...

Falling behind with Christmas deadlines is part of the tradition at my house. We're so behind now that last year's missed deadlines are just now being met, making it appear for once that we're actually on time. (Okay, so not that bad, but almost.)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think it's just that the Royal Mail has a personal vendetta against you, Al, I'm sure everybody else gets great service.
I think I can fasttrack the fruitcake by giving it a few super-high loadup doses of brandy the first week to get things kick started. It worked last year!

Not a bad plan, Zed; it should be ripe by then.

We are in the same boat then, Just A - the hubby's birthday is next week. Fortunately we've been boycotting work Christmas parties the last few years, so that gives us extra time to celebrate on our own.

How about a New Year's cd, 668? You could surprise and delight all your recipients with that.

Primal scream therapy just gives me a sore throat, Dr M. I prefer to listen to Primal Scream on cd anyway.
I actually got a shitload of stuff done last night so this is starting to look doable.

That's a great idea, John. I think I will stop right now and then next year at this time, I will be right up to speed.

jim dandy said...

Last year I vowed to do all of my Christmas stuff by Thanksgiving instead of waiting til the last minute and blowing it all off. I forgot.
This year I didn't forget. I bought cards and layed them out on the kitchen table a week before Thanksgiving and made out a Christmas list of things to get done.
The cards are still there and I lost the list.
But I meant well.
Next year for sure!!!

Anonymous said...

oh, now, I thought the euro deadline was tomorrow, or something

You'd think they are sending them on the pony express.

I may have to resort to that crudest of christmas card greeting: the email card.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's truly the thought that counts, Jim Dandy, and you just keep telling yourself that.
For the record, I too always have the card laid out on the dining room table for forever, and they give me the hairy eyeball everytime I pass.

Actually, Gifted Typist, when I bought stamps today, the post office lady told me they would still get there on time, so they must have gotten faster ponies.

Deb said...

I feel your pain.

I WROTE my Christmas cards, then put them in a bag and have misplaced it.

I beat the frozen pumpkin thing this year - I didn't buy a pumpkin. See, isn't that thinking ahead?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You need to be commended for not having killed the next person that came along after that happened, Deb, because I am certain that I would have.
Good move on the pumpkin front though.

mellowlee said...

The image of the frozen pumpkin made me laugh! I've seen that a few places in my neighborhood.

Hmmm, well you could always do ecards this year? Or not! My cards are sitting in a pile, and I'm really concidering ecards for the people who use the internetz a lot. Grama and Grampa are another story.

As for the baking; I'm going to the store and buying the cookies,*gasp* and it's sort of freaking me out. Maybe I will at least get the Pilsbury, at least they will be hot out of the oven *grinz*

Another year that Christmas has snuck up and bit me on the arse

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You'd think they would give us some warning or something, Mel. Maybe start putting up stuff in stores before Hallowe'en or something, but they never do that. Oops, sorry, I just dripped sarcasm onto my keyboard.

Storebought cookies can taste pretty damn good, and think of all the sanity you are maintaining.

mellowlee said...

I think I spend too much time bitching about how stores are cramming the holiday down our throats instead of getting properly prepared haha! A friend at work gave me a coupon for a fancy bakery on Commercial Drive. Hmmmm

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha I do the same thing, obsess over how mad I am that the decorations are already up, unti it's too late.

Mmmmm fancy bakery cookies sound divine!

Dale said...

It's one of those years, everyone's behind. It must be your fault Barbara, at least that's my story.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It IS my fault, Dale, because I am all-powerful like that.