Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Things I Learned: Christmas Edition

Christmas is not simply a day of religious wonder and family togetherness, it also is an educational experience. This year, for example, I learned several things.

1. I should probably check my pantry before I make out my shopping list for Christmas morning cinnamon rolls...

...or in 10 years I'll have 10 little bottles of maple extract with one tablespoon used out of each.

2. My children have inherited my mad skillz when it comes to wrapping presents.
In defense of the Boy who wrapped this, a bird feeder with multiple spikey thingies for the birds to land on is an uncommonly complex wrapping challenge. This, though? Looks exactly like what I would have solved that challenge. But...

3.  ...who cares? In an hour all that wrapping paper is going to look like this and no one will know which presents (Husband's) had lovingly-creased mitered corners and which (mine) did not.

4. Those ham-and-water products in the supermarket sale bins this time of the year cannot approach the deliciousness of the locally-cured ham provided by my farmer brother. This Christmas dinner centerpiece would have made a meat-eater out of Ghandi.
Also, I need a new cutting board. The first item on my 2012 Christmas list.

6. Snuggies don't fit into stockings, but now that all of the Boys suspect that Santa buys at Wal-Mart, that's not such a big deal.

6. If I had known how lovely it is to have grown-up children, I would have given birth to 20-year-olds. They are good-humored, adaptable, helpful, and (usually) good sports about their mother's blog. They also know how to work the camera timer so that I can take an out-of-focus shot and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from the House on the Corner!


  1. Sara, one thing I learned this year (and probably the last few (I can't remember!): the amount of preparation I go through always exceeds the needs or ability of the family to notice or consume. I need them AND a smail nation next year. Love, Mary J

  2. I heartily agree to all . . . especially #6! Fun post. :)