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And the Christmas stuff is up. I really wasn't sure about putting it up this year, but I eventually figured that B. is old enough that he can actually understand and enjoy this year, and now I am glad I did because he loves the tree. That said, keeping the tree safe from our toddler we've dubbed Wreck-It will be a chore.

We do have some experience in this area. Between our 70 lb German Shepherd and our medium sized tuxedo cat, tree protection is an art form for us. And it's much easier now in our house than it was in the apartment we had when we were first married. We have a tiny front room that we can close off and keep the pets (and toddler) out.

B. clings to me pretty closely. He follows me from room to room so he was there when Andy and I assembled the tree. Andy wondered if he should distract him while I decorate, but I decided that he is going to have to learn how to be around the tree without breaking anything or destroying much. I tried to teach him to put an ornament on, but he wanted to hoard them (he hoards things. We find stashes of pens, (clean) diapers, and toys behind beds, the tv stand, etc. We can't explain it).

Christmas and parenting. )
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When you're younger, Christmas seems to take forever to get here. When you're an adult, doesn't it just surprise you how quickly it arrives?

That's my way of saying I'm exhausted. Saw the Dallas Wind Symphony perform the other night. As always, they were good. Before having a baby getting home at 1AM would not have been a big issue for me, though, but now it is. I would really like to be able to sleep past 6AM. And I'm seeing Tori Amos in concert tonight, which I wouldn't miss for the world, but I'm sure as hell am going to be paying for it tomorrow.

Plus all of the Christmas Eve stuff on Saturday...and the Christmas stuff on Sunday...I'm getting exhausted just thinking about it.

At least the house is decorated. Used to be I got it done in one day. With a baby it took about three weeks to get the house decorated and the presents wrapped. Next year I'm thinking about skipping Christmas and vacationing in Hawaii instead. Anyone care to join me? ;-P
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Well, since I did a list of least favorite Christmas songs, I decided to do a list of favorites. Can't do too much exposition on why because one arm is out of commission holding the baby. And speaking of him, heres my little boy meeting Santa! )

And the songs in no particular order are... )
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Well, since I did a list of least favorite Christmas songs, I decided to do a list of favorites. Can't do too much exposition on why because one arm is out of commission holding the baby. And speaking of him, heres my little boy meeting Santa! )

And the songs in no particular order are... )
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OK, so I'm a bit of a Scrooge. And I'm a bit scarred by Christmas songs. My mom loved them. So much that during the entire month of December she would play them 24/7. I like a variety of music and listening to only one type of music for so long just drives me batty. I thought it would get better when I moved out, but during college I had a retail job. And I swear grocery stores play some of the worst Christmas songs.

So here's my list of the songs that drive me crazy. What may surprise people is that the old, religious hymns are the ones I like. Quite simply they're beautiful and imbued with meaning. The stuff that drives me crazy is the new stuff that chopped full of commercialism or overdramatic or just filled with inane lyrics.

The list is below. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
OK, so I'm a bit of a Scrooge. And I'm a bit scarred by Christmas songs. My mom loved them. So much that during the entire month of December she would play them 24/7. I like a variety of music and listening to only one type of music for so long just drives me batty. I thought it would get better when I moved out, but during college I had a retail job. And I swear grocery stores play some of the worst Christmas songs.

So here's my list of the songs that drive me crazy. What may surprise people is that the old, religious hymns are the ones I like. Quite simply they're beautiful and imbued with meaning. The stuff that drives me crazy is the new stuff that chopped full of commercialism or overdramatic or just filled with inane lyrics.

The list is below. )
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I sort of celebrate Christmas. I was raised by Secular Humanists who decided to take the "peace of Earth, goodwill to all" message of it and celebrate the sentiment. We had a tree, did the Santa thing, baked a lot of cookies, and being a musical family, sang a lot of carols. The religious aspects were never really brought to light, though my mom did read Luke (I think) to us one year.Long winded thoughts about the supposed War on Christmas below the cut. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
I sort of celebrate Christmas. I was raised by Secular Humanists who decided to take the "peace of Earth, goodwill to all" message of it and celebrate the sentiment. We had a tree, did the Santa thing, baked a lot of cookies, and being a musical family, sang a lot of carols. The religious aspects were never really brought to light, though my mom did read Luke (I think) to us one year.Long winded thoughts about the supposed War on Christmas below the cut. )

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