I am so tired, I feel like I could drop. Because I have finally reached 'Too excited to sleep stage." (Pause to shoo the cat off the presents. She REALLY likes to open presents.)
Where was I?
Oh. Yes. Too excited to sleep. It cracks me up that I still, at the blessed age of 30, wake up and just grin like an idiot in the dark. I start going over lists... getting the house clean... stocking stuffers... what time is the candlelit Christmas service?....
And of course, going over our Christmas Day Dinner menu. Which is called "Everyone gets their favorite foods." So this year we are having:
- Pigs in a Blanket (hors doeuvres)
- Aunt Irene's stew with homemade bread (soup course)
- Cheese Bundles (quesadillas. main course.)
- Rose Alfredo (main dish)
- artichoke with curry dip (side dish)
- popcorn (pallet cleanser)
- banana pudding (dessert)
Eclectic, no? But so much fun. And much easier to put together than a huge feast, actually. (Pause. "CAT! GET OFF! THE PRESENTS!")
Tonight, when the Spouse comes home from work, the kids and I will all station ourselves at the light switches in the front of the house. We will switch them on and off, on and off. And that, my friends, is the beginning of Christmas.
There will be no sleep for me tonight.