Wednesday, December 1, 2010

inhale. exhale.

December 1st and I see snow swirling outside my window this morning. Team Testosterone has helpfully reminded me that there are "only 3 1/2 weeks until Santa" and suddenly my to-do list grew exponentially.


I'm breathing in all the serenity I can, including a visit to Anne Marie's Na-Da Farm Life blog where I found to my delight the exact same paper wreath at her house that I made and hung in mine! Well, except that mine was made out of a college textbook about arguments. Mr. D is mocking my "simple Christmas decorating," but I really don't care. I like it and that's that.

Snow, serenity, Santa countdowns, spaghetti planned for supper. That sums it up here. Oh, and stockings. My sons found their stockings and are all jazzed up for St. Nick's Eve, which is only a big deal for us because we live surrounded by a bunch of Dutch. I have to find something to stuff in their stockings and figure out which night it falls on--I always forget whether it's the night of the fifth or the morning of the fifth. Either way, shame on me if I forget and my sons go to school and hear how St. Nicholas visited everyone else's house but theirs!

Speaking of stockings, Anne Marie has some lovely burlap stockings for sale at her NaDa Farm Shop. November's FABULOUS is winner's choice over at her store. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment in the comment box. Every comment counts as an entry to win.

Spill it, reader. Are your stockings hung? Or aren't you influenced by those Dutch immigrant families?

22 comments:

  1. no stockings (yet) at our house. i have to find the decorations and i did promise Amy that i would at least hang stockings as decorations.

    some day... i didn't say when!

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  2. No Dutch here, thank goodness. Not that there's anything wrong with the Dutch, but I think if I'd had one more thing to remember back when my kids were little and we were in the midst of Nutcracker madness, they'd have to take me away. And I wish the photo shoots got easier....they boys think they're stupid and absolutely will not cooperate. Judson in particular has the attitude that if it doesn't mean anything to him, he can't be bothered. Gets old. Next year I'm buying pretty cards and signing my name. I swear! (and I say that every year).

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  3. well, certainly don't enter me :)

    but I'm HONORED!!! you are too sweet you know that???

    you better come in May to meet!

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  4. Didn't hear about St. Nick until I went to a college. My kids don't have a clue about that tradition. And if they asked, I would tell them we aren't Dutch

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  5. Ah, St Nicholas Day :) My little sister went to a predominantly Dutch college. On St Nicholas Day (eve?), everyone in her dorm set out their wooden shoes and (presumably) the RA filled them with candy....my sister doesn't have wooden shoes, so she set out her running shoes (seriously, I wouldn't be eating Anything from her running shoes, but each to their own!)

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  6. Mandatory commenting for me here, being Dutch and all. I can help you out with St. Nick's Eve. It is the evening of the fifth. The good man's birthday is on the sixth but celebrated the night before. He rides his horse on your rooftop and throws packages down the chimney. Little Dutch children set their shoe(s) by the fireplace, along with water, straw and a carrot for the horse. No cookies for St. Nick which explains why he is a tall thin man, instead of a short and round one.

    I haven't introduced St. Nicholas to Lola, that would be too confusing. I am trying to teach her Christmas is not all about presents and Santa Claus, it's about the birth of Christ and peace on earth. So far, Santa Claus seems to rule...

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  7. Not quite yet--this weekend, I'm thinking.

    I do love those burlap stockings.

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  8. Yep, the stockings are hung, the creche is out, and the blinking snowmen are blinking. I'm of German descent (my Mom actually IS German), so we totally did the St. Nick thing growing up. But my son isn't aware of the tradition, and so I've decided to keep that a secret. So, sshh!!!

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  9. Oh yes. My boys have been reminding me for weeks that St. Nick's is coming. :) It is the evening of Dec 5th, by the way. I always forget too. The stores are ever so helpful in jogging my memory though. ;)

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  10. Our stockings are hung. St. Nick is the night of the 5th. My hubs has some Dutch in him, I'm mostly German but we've always done St. Nick too.

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  11. From what I've heard (here and on other blogs), I'd love to hang with some Dutch immigrant families! But no, our stockings are not hung, and virtually no decorations are up yet. Soon...very soon!

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  12. Well, we've always avoided St. Nick's day (night?) because we have birthdays on December 10th and 11th. It would make just another gift giving day, and we just don't need it.
    Our tree goes up after the birthdays, too. We have a few decorations around the fireplace, but that's it.

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  13. Meh. We haven't gotten our bling out yet. DH's birthday is the 13th, so we don't put up the tree until after that.

    We're of English descent, so we're more of the "Christmas starts on Christmas and goes to Epiphany" strain. No Nicholas, either.

    We have our advent stuff out, though.

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  14. Our stockings are hung on the bookshelf with care.

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  15. Thanks for the reminder about St. Nicholas day.
    We make a big deal of Advent, and I try to keep my tree up till Epiphany. Some years it works better than others...

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  16. Tonight was the first night of Hanukkah and I did not have anything to give Loopy so we split a Godiva chocolate bar. It felt right. I still have a week to make up for it.

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  17. Stockings... I gotta get those out. Thanks for the reminder.

    Love your writing-- Your opening paragraph totally set the tone :-)

    Cheers, jj

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  18. Stockings are hung by the. . .stairwell with care. Plus, the advent calendars are up - but there's still so much more to do....gotta run and get going on my neverending list

    Love those burlap socks :)

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  19. We're all looking forward to Mikulas Eve (Nicholas= Czech Mikulas). In place of stockings, we fill baskets with chocolates and oranges (and a little wrapped up potato or two of course!)

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  20. Not yet - probably not until weekend after this. We're painting (hell, we're always painting) and shuffling stuff around and waiting for reupholstered furniture to be delivered, etc. We've got Advent candles going, Jesse tree ornaments underway. Stockings? Um, what box are those in again?

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  21. About the only thing I HAVE done is hung the stockings – because it’s EASY. Sigh.

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  22. Small correction: Sinterklaas died on December 6th. Learn something new every day...

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Spill it, reader.