Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Weaning myself off Christmas

Christmas is a powerful force in my life. It encourages me to spend frivolously, to eat plentifully, and to be lazy. And frankly, I am sick of it. I am counting down the days until the new year.

Christmas is a crazy time. Trying to balance finances and gift giving can be a challenge - even for the best coupon clipper. Although I tried desperately to keep spending under $200 this Christmas, my husband blew the budget. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my new Sony Reader. I have already downloaded 17 books to read! I just wish we could have spent less on gifts and spent more on paying off debt. Not to mention that my gift to him now seems lame in comparison. I kind of feel like I should go buy him something cooler.

Christmas has also encouraged me to eat like a pig. I had this really great plan, which involved lots of baking for my neighbors. Unfortunately my kids wouldn't stop puking, so I thought it might not be wise to give our entire block virus infested cookies for Christmas. But I had already purchased a shitload of flour and sugar for delicious cookies. So, being the fatty that I am, I went ahead and baked lots of cookies for my little family to enjoy. And I made fudge too. I have been gorging myself on sugary crap for over a week. I can feel myself getting fatter.

And finally, Christmas has encouraged me to be a lazy bastard. I was so sick of scrubbing vomit out of carpets, that I decided to take a few days off from my normal cleaning duties. After all, it was Christmas. I deserved a little break too - right? But now things are just gross. Toys everywhere, sticky coffee tables, overflowing laundry hampers. Ugh. There is so much to do. I don't even know where to start.

So, I am looking forward to making a fresh start on Friday.

8 comments:

Jenny said...

Everyone deserves to be lazy around the holidays...plus I don't think taking care of 2 children vomiting everywhere is being lazy...you needed the baking and eating fudge just as much as the rest of us did. 2010 here we come!

Catizhere said...

Friday??!! I plan on taking Christmas down tomorrow! We usually wait until New Year's Day, but my house is a disaster area right now with all the old toys, the new toys, bins, boxes, and general stuff thrown all over, I can't stand to look at it anymore.

Mmmmmmm fudge.

Eva said...

Yeah, our house is a wreck. Ugh. I've been trying to sort things but there's nowhere to put the unwanted stuff.

Just Jiff said...

Yeah, I am totally with you.

kristi said...

My house gets like that after one damn day! I hate it!

Mama Kalila said...

Zaviere started kicking at me just thinking about those cookies...

I've got cleaning to do too.. but decorations stay out until the 6th here... I'll be sad to see them go.

Jeninacide said...

Yeah, I feel ya. I actually decided that due to all the baking and the eating of the baked goods that I would actually just allow myself to gain five pounds for the holiday. Of course now I have to take OFF said five pounds I wish I had not eaten that wedge of brie last night... but whatever, it was delicious. : )

As for budgets... BAH HUMBUG. Also DITTO with the gifts. My husband bought be jewelry and I bought him a pepper grinder. Meh...

amanda said...

i am ignoring the fact that i ate my weight plus a small army's over the holiday.

i might notice next week when i try on real pants. like not the pj pants i have been living in :)