Friday, December 10, 2010

Home Spun reprints #296-8: Christmas Decorating 2008

Home Spun comic strip #296

Home Spun comic strip #297

Home Spun comic strip #298

Every year decluttering seems to get harder. Keeping decorations in place is also hard. I have cats and kids. This is why we can't have nice things. I imagine once the children are grown and on their own I might miss all of the excitement, chaos and whirlwind of activity that our Decembers bring. Holidays are supposed to excite us! They are special times in our life. They interrupt our busy schedules, mess up our routines, and send us back to the beginning--family. Because family is the heart of our traditions and the core of our identity.

No matter what, everything pulls together. Clutter can be shoved to one side to make room for the tree. Cookies will get baked. Classes will finish for the year. Cards will be mailed. We will exchange our gifts with family and friends and go to mass and contemplate the great love that we have for one another and give thanks to have it in our lives.

And maybe we'll say a little prayer that the tree is still standing after five cats have been left alone with it. That would be a true Christmas miracle.


Inner Elder said...

Your comics are so popular because they ring true - we've all been there. And your words of wisdom are a real gift. Thank you for reminding us. Love, Mom

call*me*kate said...

This year has been great - the kids have handled nearly all the decorating themselves and the ornaments aren't over-played with (except for Alec's space ships, can't break that habit yet!) I seem to remember someone in my husband's family that had a cat that would run up the tree - they finally had to secure it to the ceiling to keep it upright. Enjoy this busy season!
- Kate

flmom said...

I have to keep reminding myself clutter means we're actually living in and enjoying being in our house rather than being uptight and stuffy. We're learning the joys of having a dog with a tail now that we have the basenji mix. I've lost count of how many ornaments he's knocked off the tree already with his wildly wagging tail. One of my favorites broke, but I was able to glue it back together thankfully.

Birdie said...

Small children and autistic family members are the reason that almost all of our Christmas decorations are soft. ;)

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