good news - We enjoyed a month of restful waiting as we celebrated Advent with dear friends, lighting candles, singing carols, feasting, philosophizing. Four candles light the darkness, holding the Christmas Crazy at bay. (You know, the rush of shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, etc. we associate with the holidays.)
not-so-good news - Our abstinence from Christmas Crazy means that until Saturday, we didn't even have a Christmas list. And we have a lot of people to celebrate with.
good news - We figured out our Christmas list. Yay!
not-so-good news - We have a list of people, not necessarily gift ideas to go with them.
good news - We are smart, creative, and resourceful. We can figure this out!
not-so-good news - We only have three days left before Christmas, and lots of stuff to do in the meantime (work-work, housework, administrative tasks, appointments, events)
good news - There are Twelve Days of Christmas, so we don't have to have everything figured out right away.
not-so-good news - The toughest to buy for people are the first ones getting gifts.
good news - We have eggnog, cider, candy canes, Christmas movies, and Christmas music to keep us jolly during all of the Christmas Crazy.
not-so-good news - Stations keep playing things like The Christmas Shoes or that Paul McCartney song that gets really annoying after awhile.
good news - Regardless of where we are at in the Christmas Crazy, on the evening of the 23rd we're meeting friends for a showing of White Christmas at a local old theater. This will be MM's first time seeing it! How fun that it will be on the big screen and with friends.
more good news - Afterward, we're going to take all our friends to go look at our favorite neighborhood Christmas light display.
really good news - And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And really, in light of that news, none of the Christmas Crazy matters much.
Happy Christmas, friends.