Almost Merry

Yay me! I am almost happy. Wow.

My Christmas just fell into place. I just got an e-mail that changes my plans into something I can almost like!

How cool is that?

We’ll be spending Saturday, Sunday and Monday in C@pe May, (a little Victorian seaside town on our east coast for all your faraway bloggers). We’ll be staying at a little B&B. We’ll attend church services (the one time a year I love church) and walk the beach and take a guided tour of all the old homes decked out in their Christmas best and generally loaf around and relax. My parents will come out Monday noon (this eliminates the guilt aspect of my running away for Christmas plan) and join us for Christmas dinner at a little old tavern and then we will drive home (C. has to work Tuesday again already) and my parents will stay for their couple of days at the shore (which eliminates my guilt for asking them drive 2.5 hours for a restaurant dinner on a holiday!) This way no one has to cook, clean their house, decorate, etc. Also no one is left alone for the holidays and everyone gets some fresh (albeit cold) sea air! The forecast is even halfway nice for winter at the beach.

I think this is just the best plan I’ve made yet.

Most importantly, the thing I was fretting about, the ruin of my New Year’s plans, has just been rectified (by the aforementioned e-mail). We will get together with C.’s family on the 30th rather than the 31st two states south of us. This is when we see all our nieces and nephews and exchange gifts, etc. I may have to drink my way through this one (see tip #3) but it will be OK. At least I have my little New Year’s soirĂ©e to look forward to (see #3 again).

Some times things do work themselves out. Maybe there is a Santa Claus after all.

(As a point of interest and a testament to poor family communications everywhere: the 2 SIL’s planned the gathering on the 31st because after talking to my dear husband, his sister (SIL#1=the nice one) thought we wanted it that day and that we couldn’t do the 30th. Who knows how that got lost in translation, but they were actually happy to switch days. And here I had myself all worked into a lather about how they were conspiring to ruin my New Year’s!! (Which SIL#2 tried to do last year so I was overly sensitized to this I think.)

PS This does NOT change the fact that SIL#2 is still a burr in my side and that doing the whole ‘adore other people’s children’ thing will be hard. But at least I won’t be fuming mad about missing something fun to endure this agony. I plan to hang out with the kids as much as possible, play with their new toys (because I got them cool stuff) and ask BIL#1 to throw a little vodka in my juice if he sees me stuck with SIL#2 for any length of time! I also plan to talk incessantly about my three cats if she insists on talking incessantly about her three kids. She hates cats. Fair is fair.

How’s that for a plan? I may survive this holiday after all.

We’ll see.


9 Responses to “Almost Merry”

  1. Heather Says:

    Sounds like a good plan. Especially talking about the cats!!!

  2. Leggy Says:

    Very good- I’m glad you found ways to make it less sucky! Hope it turns out to be fun- at least the Cape May and the New Year’s Eve part.

  3. Alli Says:

    Merry Christmas! That place looks incredible!

  4. GLouise Says:

    What a beautiful photo! Cape May sounds like a good plan.

  5. My Reality Says:

    I hope you are able to do more than just survive, I hope you enjoy it too!

  6. Carol Says:

    That sounds awesome – good for you!

    And I love #3 from your previous list. I will be doing a lot of that.

  7. The Trace Says:

    Cape May is BEAUTIFUL!!! Enjoy your time there! I’m glad that everything worked out, and yes, do the cat talking! I’m not sure why people think that others will think their child is as wonderful as they do. It is definitely a question that is unanswered.

  8. Bea Says:

    *Almost* happy! What giddy heights! Sounds like a great Christmas, anyway.


  9. Starfish Says:

    Oh YEAH! Cape May! Have an awesome time..Christmas and the BEACH what is better than that! Beats Christmas breakfast with my stupid SIL that’s fo sho!

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