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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Friday, December 08, 2006

OMG - only 17 days to Christmas!!!!

only 17 days 'till Christmas, and time's even shorter for my Jewish friends, with Hanukkah right around the corner. So how's everyone doing with their holiday stress?

I'm not too stressed, I guess, mostly because I'm abandoning the ideal of the "Perfect Christmas" this year. I'm completely disorganized with shopping--I keep buying presents, but I'm not too clear about what goes to who. It's all in a big pile upstairs. Recently both the toaster oven and the blender broke, so guess what my husband and I are giving each other for Christmas?

The decorating's pretty sparse so far - I threw up some lights in the front yard, mostly so my neighbors wouldn't think I was a total spaz, but inside, the only thing I've put up is a pine cone wreath that my daughter made last year. I'm thinking about a tree, but who knows when I'll get around to that? My big accomplishment so far is remembering by Dec 2 that I had bought an advent calendar a couple months ago. Some years I end up opening the first dozen windows all at once.

I floated the idea of going out to a restaurant on Christmas Day to the DH and kids, maybe to a Japanese hibachi restaurant. How did that go over? All I got were incredulous stares and a couple of laughs. Looks like it'll be turkey and cranberry sauce at home as usual. Unless the Bumpuses' dogs' come in and steal the bird.

Writing (and deadlines) will do that to you. Normal life drops right off the radar. Right now I'm deep into my second Druids of Avalon book, Deep Magic, and I've sworn to myself that the first draft will be done by Jan 1. And then there are revisions to tackle for Immortals: The Awakening, and a synopsis for my third Druids of Avalon book to turn in at some point (sooner, rather than later). And oh, yeah, keeping up with this blog...

But I do love Christmas. The big party for my extended family's Christmas is next weekend, and I'll be spending the entire day before the party making Italian honey cookies from a ridiculously complicated family heirloom recipe, in my memory of my mother. (After all, I'm the only one out of six kids who learned how to make them, and it's just not Christmas without those cookies!) And this is only the second Christmas without Mom, since she died just over a year ago. Making her favorite recipes helps me feel close to her.

Traditions? My favorite one is Christmas Eve, when my daughter and I (and sometimes the males in the family) watch "It's a Wonderful Life." Someday I'm going to figure out how George Bailey can toss off so many insults to all and sundry and still have everyone love him so much. Well, maybe everyone except for ZuZu's teacher and her husband.

Good luck with your own holiday preparations! Remember to take some time out, put up your feet and READ!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash
www.joynash.com

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm happy that the cookies make you feel close to your mom. I'm sure she is looking down upon you with a huge smile. I havent really started shopping yet but I do have my tree up which I guess is a good thing. I like your hibachi meal idea though. I sure sont want to cook and have lots of leftovers! Good luck with all your writing. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed in hopes that I win the pendant but know its going to be a hard one since I'm certain lots of people signed up for it. Will definetly keep and eye out over on writerspace.
Take care and have a wonderful holiday with you family!!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Julia Templeton said...

I love Christmas, too. Definitely my favorite time of year. I managed to decorate the day after Christmas. DH decided outdoor lights would not be happening this year. I remember the muttering last year when he put the lights up...only to find they didn't work. He checked each bulb...and it was the very last one on the string that was the culprit. Poor DH. *g*

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed meeting Saturday in York, PA at the West Manchester Mall, Thank-you for sgining my book !
Alison Rush

7:23 AM  

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