Thursday, December 20, 2007

5 more sleeps!

until that magical day that we've all been busting our tails for. Sorry, it's the retail-itis talking. The Lexi hasn't kicked in yet. So catching up on my JYC here is the layout of my favorite Christmas Carol, "Silent Night". While working on this I traveled back in time to the smells and sounds of our old church where my children all sang this every year at the end of their school program on Christmas Eve night. We all held candles, that we lit off of each other's, while they sang in their sweet, angelic voices. Now I listen to my two little buddies sing this to me. It is a beautiful song and my very favorite. Since I already gave Joey the ornament I can share this one. He gave me the actual lamp (the 20" version) for Christmas a couple of years ago. He couldn't wait for Christmas morning and I had to open it when he got home from the store. It is from our favorite Christmas movie "A Christmas Story". I found the ornament this year after a long search (apparently this is EVERYBODY'S favorite movie) and bought it for Joey. The smile on his face when he opened it was worth the search. So it fit perfectly with the title for today's journal entry.
Have you written a letter to Santa as an adult? It was quite a challenge. I knew that I was going to use the cool new stamp that my pal, LAB, mailed to me (THANK YOU!). Other than that I was stumped. I didn't think of anything to ask for and then it hit me........I told Santa that he could have Christmas back. If you are interested I am plugging in the contents of the letter after the photo of the journal page.

December 19, 2007
Dear Santa,
I am giving Christmas back to you.
For the past 25 years I have taken
all of your duties on myself and after
this year I decided that it's time to
let go of the control. Why did I think
I could do it better? I swear, I don't
know how you possibly do it all and still
you don't look like you've aged one bit.
I, on the other hand, feel worn out from
all the shopping, stressed out from all the
planning, and overweight from all those
cookies that I lovingly bake then eat myself
so my kids won't be any wiser. I've even gone
so far as to put GLITTER in the reindeer food
that I helped the kids make over the years (my
apologies if this has caused any digestive
problems for Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the
others). That red suit I bought like yours is
so hot and itchy. It wasn't designed for a
woman experiencing hot flashes I can tell you that!

All that fur and fluff is HOT!
Anyway, Christmas is all yours once again.
I know that you will do a fine job of it and even
if it isn't exactly as I picture it,
they will just have to deal with it.
Sincerely and respectfully yours,


Gayla said...

I thinking I need to write the same letter to Santa! control freaks and Christmas are just not a good match! LOL.

Gayla said...

make that "I was thinking" ...duh

Anonymous said...

I wish I had your talent for story telling & writing. You are so very good. We have a neighbor from the old neighborhood who is as talented as you. I look forward to her yearly Christmas letter. I can picture in my mind every little detail that she writes just like your stories do. What a gift you are leaving for your family for generations to come.
I to remember being at church and lighting the candles from each other, what a powerful night it was. Missing the old days and the ones who have left us.

Merry Christmas Cuz

Laura said...

I just had to come over and tell you how much I enjoyed your letter to the big guy! I just love it. So fun and absolutely the way I feel! Great job on all your journal pages but this one is definitely a fav!

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!!! Would you mind attaching my name along with yours too pal.;)