Friday, December 11, 2009

Part 3 of that Christmas List thing

I really like you people. Even when you give me hives. My sister-in-law, Kristin, showed up on Report Night with a Yankee Candle that smelled like Christmas trees. I almost punched her in the stomach for being so awesome. It smells exactly like I was imagining in my mind. And then Sarah came bearing a homemade peppermint candy tree decoration "centerpiece" (posed as a visual aid, that sneak) that I put next to my candle and I felt like my house was instantly transformed into a house of holiday cheer. Then, Eric decided to cash in his nickels (I mean this in the most literal sense of the words) and bought me the stocking holders I wanted from Target. Except that we couldn't find a full set of four at one Target. So Eric, either to become the Winner of Most Amazing Husband Ever, or to get laid, drove to four different Targets to get them for me. And I love them like crazy. He probably got me pregnant over that one. (Which could suck, because then I'd need five... and they're discontinued... so............ we didn't think that through all that well, did we?)

Then, a couple of days ago I get this box in the mail, and I start thinking, "Rachel, if this is from you, I'm going to punch your baby's face" and of course I mean that in the most loving way. And I open it and it's the all-time most perfect tree topper I've ever seen, and it comes with a funny note from "Anonymous" who mentions Spock, so then I decide to go with it, and just let it be Anonymous, because I love her too much to take away the fun of being a Anonymous Gift Donor. But it's perfect, and it made my heart sing. Then yesterday, I get this big box on my front door, and it's probably the prettiest wreath I've ever seen, (AND IT LIGHTS UP, LIKE MAGIC (if electricity is still considered magic in some circles)) and I hang it on my door, and I think, "I feel bad that I'm going to have to punch that baby." It's perfect, and beautiful, and I think I'll just keep it forever and ever.

This year wasn't going to be all that "festive." I knew we would get a tree, but beyond that I figured we could just save up for the other stuff and get it next year or so. I don't NEED a decorated house to celebrate Christmas, and not to get all Jesus-y on you (except yes), but I fully recognize and appreciate the fact that Christmas is the perfect time to reflect on Christ and the sacrifice He made, and the love He feels for us. The material stuff is just bonus. And yet, when I received each of these gifts from friends and family, I really put two and two together and recognized that the love I felt from those who gave such thoughtful gifts is familiar and has a source. Thanks for sending me love. Thanks for the reminders. Thanks for making my home feel Chrismassy, not because of the things adorning my shelves and doors, although they are perfect and wonderful, but because of the love required to give them. I promise not to keep it all to myself.

Now please stop sending me stuff, or I'm going to kick you all in your shins.

19 comments:

The Wizzle said...

Happy happy happy.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome. But DUDE, that's some TOTALLY misplaced gratitude.

mrsmouthy said...

Thanks for owning up, "Anonymous." Maybe you have a baby Renee could punch instead. Hey, you could even MAIL her the baby to punch--I hear you're really good at mailing things.

Jesus (i.e. BABY Jesus) said...

Hey guys, I'M the reason for the season and I wasn't even MENTIONED in the post. Talk about misplaced gratitude.

Adolescent Jesus said...

Screw you baby Jesus, you get all the credit for this stupid holiday. Both you and Adult Jesus have holidays, yet nobody celebrates my bar mitzvah. You don't hear me complain about that, do you?

I'm going to my room to play some Halo.

Adult Jesus said...

Trust me, Adolescent Jesus, you DON'T WANT A HOLIDAY like the kind I got.

Moses said...

LET MY PEOPLE GO!!!

God said...

I knew I never should have invented the Internets. The 7th day had just gotten so...BORING though.

Scarlet said...

I love that in just one blog you can talk about both Jesus and his love and punching people in the face. that I think is the real GIFT here.

Adolescent Jesus said...

I hate you. I HATE ALL OF YOU!!!

(door slams)
(Young Jeezy blares from behind closed door)

Santa Friggin' Claus said...

Ho ho ho! Adolescent Jesus, don't forget that I'm still working on that list...

Renee said...

What just happened to my blog?

Renee said...

Also, that He plays Halo? Genius. GENIUS.

Chewbacca said...

gwwaraararararrrrrarara

Kristin said...

Awww...that's sweet! I'm glad you like the candle. I totally buy into the aromatherapy argument - if it smells good, then I feel good! Love ya!

Jack said...

Hey, the being a great husband/wanting to get laid dichotomy will never be resolved. Let's just agree that it leads to happy, content homes.

Michelle said...

yay for christmas cheer!

I'm glad you have some decorations and got that Christmas scented candle!

Cassandra said...

Seriously, that just made my day today! You rock Renee!

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