Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Grinch Who Took Back Christmas

I do all right with all the hustle and bustle…  That is, until the day after Christmas.  Today, Eric teased me about being the “Grinch Who Took Back Christmas.”  I must admit that while I was standing in a sea of wrapping paper and packaging, the thought did cross my mind.

I’m not such a scrooge, really…  It’s just that…  Well, you mommas understand don’t you?  Most of the time, having four kiddos isn’t that much harder than having one or two.  We’ve adjusted our lives so much that one or two more didn’t make too much difference.  That rule doesn’t apply to the day after Christmas.  You have to figure that if each child got just 5 toys and you multiply that by 4, then you have 20 gifts to un-package and put away.  And let’s be honest…  My kids did not just get 5 toys each.  Try 10 or more….  You understand now, don’t you?  I don’t begrudge them the toys and the joy.  It’s just very overwhelming for a very tired momma.

So in an effort to lighten my mood and motivate me to actually make it a little way through the mess, here are some highlights from our Christmas.

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The excitement was hard to take.  At 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. and 6:46 a.m…..  Until we finally let them get out of bed at 7:00 a.m. 

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And one of my favorite moments…

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(I think she liked it!)

I feel so much better now!  It was a very Merry Christmas, indeed. 


  1. Oh Fatima I can definitely relate. My 2 girls are spoiled rotten and I have been unpackaging Zhu zhu pets by the dozen and prying barbies sewn hair from sharp plastic boxes :o
    I think next year we'll ask for plane tickets instead lol
    Merry Christmas!

  2. AMEN, I just posted on this...where are we supposed to put it all!!

  3. The look on the kiddo's face (and your mommas) is priceless!!!! Looks like you done a great job!

  4. I guess I gave my kids toys that they have been able to open themselves and put away without much help from me. But I've been there...last year. Maybe it was because this year we gave them each a box to put their stuff in after they opened it, then it didn't get lost in the wrapping paper or stepped on by me. Their boxes stayed by the wall in the living room and they would get one thing out at a time. As of now there is only one kids box left in the living room and she will be taking the things that are left out tomorrow to put away. She got several craft things that I will have to help her find a place for, as they don't belong in her bedroom.

  5. Thanks, ladies. It sure did help to post this and to read your blogs. I'm making my way through the house one room at a time. I usually sort through things prior to Christmas, but that didn't work out this year. Sam's multiple stitches and Danny's five day long fever made life pretty crazy in December. Now, Mary is fighting Strep so I'm still going very slow. I guess it'll get done when it gets done. Just hope I can get things in order before it's time to plan the garden. ;)


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