Christmas rush

21 Dec

It seems that all I’ve done in the past couple of weeks is run about.  Run to store.  Run to drop off kid at party.  Run to store.  Pick up kid.  Run to store.  Go to Christmas disco (they call all dances here “discos” – it cracks me up.) Run to store.  Pick up guys from Christmas party. Run to store.  Go see Santa. And oh yeah…run to store.

I’m so tired of shopping.

In the midst of all this, rotavirus has been going around.  My only consolation is that we got that when it first started going around, so I didn’t have to wait in fear for our turn.  And the good news is, my living room finally doesn’t reek anymore.

But the dreaded Head Cold has now entered the house.  So I’ve added “run to the pharmacy” to my list of stops.  Where I stand there and go “I need something for a chesty cough.”  It’s funny to me, how medicines work here.  You have your decongestant, decongestant with cough, your chesty cough meds, your dry cough meds, your tickly throat meds.

And then there’s the Mansize Tissues.

They're mansize!

They’re mansize!

But between the vomiting, sniffling, and pharmacy stops, we’re managing to get Christmas stuff in there.  Our skinny tree was put up and decorated, much to Maura’s delight.  Maura is reveling in Christmas, and this year, she has an interest in Santa as well (though she’s not quite sure what he does, he’s just part of the Christmas hype.)  I did mention Baby Jesus to her, and she was all intrigued, as she loves playing baby dolls these days.  However, I haven’t put out our Nativity set because – well – I like it unbroken.

(Mental note – find Playmobil nativity set…)

Maura decorating the tree

Maura decorating the tree

It hardly feels like Christmas is a few days away, no matter how frenzied the local shopping centre has gotten (and it has gotten quite the frenzy going on!)  Our Christmas plans are low-key compared to when we lived in Michigan.  Christmas in Michigan meant either battling snow and cold while at home, or driving down to Arkansas to spend the holidays with Josh’s family.

Christmas in Dublin is just us.  But we managed it pretty well last year, and will again this year.  New Dublin tradition?  Watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special – while wearing paper crowns from our Christmas crackers (okay, only the girls wear the crowns, the boys haven’t quite embraced this.)   They’ll be church and a roast and a Yule log and Christmas puddings with brandied cream to eat.

Meanwhile, I think I’ll go wrap some presents while I can.  Maybe this will be the year I don’t spend half of Christmas Eve night wrapping gifts.


6 Responses to “Christmas rush”

  1. nanciw December 21, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Fisher Price has an excellent playable nativity. My mom always gives it to the grandkids for their first toddler Christmas , and my current 7 yo still played with it this year. It gets put away with the rest of the decorations, so it stays “fresh”. I saw it at Walmart this year again, so it’s still current. Maybe it’s something to look for on Amazon for next year, I’m sure the price is better than Playmobile, and probably indestructible too. 🙂

    Merry Christmas! We will be watching the Doctor too, and I will suggest the hats from the crackers, we bought some of those for their stockings!

  2. Jessica December 21, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    And when you’re done wrapping I’m certain there are other things to do; like running to the store ;).

    • phoebz4 December 21, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      don’t joke, I’m about to do just that! LOL!

  3. Amanda December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Fontanini makes a beautiful manger set with figures out of a rosin that is indestructible – as the continued existence of mine testifies! You have to be tough to live in my world. Love the image of the girls in their paper crowns watching Dr. Who. Such fun!

  4. Bright Side of Life December 21, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. We are also a family without family around us…. however, instead of freezing our toes, we will be dipping them in the pool! 🙂

  5. lyonsroarforgod December 21, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Your Christmas preparations in Ireland sound a lot like ours here in Virginia. I laughed out loud when reading about all the running to the store. We all have deep chest colds also. Wishing you a Merry Christmas with returned health and good times with your family. 🙂

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