Monday, December 26, 2011

a Christmas redo?



I want to pretend that Christmas hasn't come yet.

I want to pretend that this wasn't the most dysfunctional family Christmas in Spoonful history.

Yes,  Lets pretend that Grandma Spoonful was not sick those few days before Christmas and unable to spend Christmas eve and Christmas morning with us as she normally does.

Thankfully she was feeling better and Paul made the drive to PA to pick her up since she still wasn't comfortable driving.

I want to pretend that we were all home and that we enjoyed our traditional Christmas breakfast.

I will pretend that all of the work that went into making the Struffoli was worth it and that it was as delicious as it was pretty.


Paul and I did have fun rolling the little dough balls.

If you look at the dough closely you can see what happens when men help with the cooking.


I want to pretend that Paul did not feel ill and start throwing up just as our guests arrived and dinner was ready be served.
Some kind of stomach bug  attacked him and he has been in bed since 4:00 pm yesterday. 

Although the dinner was delicious ( thankfully something was going right
I would like to pretend that while seated at the table ready to eat, that my oldest daughter didn't flip out on my neighbor for no reason.

I would also like to pretend that I did not let the stress and emotions of the situation get to me
and that I did not lose my cool , scream and drop the F bomb at our Christmas dinner table.

I would like to pretend that we spent the evening playing games, laughing and reflecting as we normally do.

Yes, Virginia.. I would like a Christmas redo!


I swear,  If the oldest daughter didn't have to work today
I would be tempted to rewrap the gifts and start over.



The important thing is that we were all here..  at some point..  whether it was screaming at the dining room table or hanging a head over the toilet..
We were all home and we all love each other.

Sheeesh!
Merry Christmas.

Oh.. and I almost forgot,
I would like to pretend that I washed all of the diner dishes last night after I got home from driving grandma spoonful back to Pennsylvania.

29 comments:

Miss Merry said...

Love your idea, Leslie! I stayed in bed some extra time this morning consoling myself with the fact that we are all conjuring up unrealistic expectations of a "storybook" Christmas and "storybook" family. I am trying to convince myself to just go on a trip next Christmas and leave my family behind. But that would mean spending Christmas with other people's family members and I am not sure that is such a hot idea, either. . . . . Merry Boxing Day! The day we sit in the middle of the boxes wondering what went wrong :)

Katharine said...

Oh no! We've had those Christmas days..I think we all get them! So sorry, hope no one else gets sick.
Maybe you can have this week to celebrate... Happy Boxing day!

Deb said...

Yikes! You deserve a do-over.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh yea, I'm familiar with that Christmas! (That's not normal???) I hope everyone feels better soon and smile... it could always be worse:@)

Heather said...

Oh Leslie, no wonder you want a redo! Sounds like you had a Christmas nightmare. Hope that everyone stays healthy.

Country Dreaming said...

Sorry to hear about your rough Christmas. Hope all feel better soon.
Enjoy you day, may peace reign at the Spoonful house.

Melinda

It's me said...

Merry x-mas darling.......xxx...

Mamaw Bee said...

Bless your heart. This is why Christmas comes but once a year. You never know what kind of stress it may bring and us mere mortals can not always handle it. Trusting you will have a happier New Year.

Lee Ann said...

oh Leslie. I am so sorry for you mosing your christmas day. Our Christmas weekend was very tense in places and I couldn't always find the joy, which is unusual. I hope today can reset you a little. I was pretty close to the F-bomb a few times myself so please don't feel too badly.

Just think about it this way - you are such a happy awesomen and loving family the whole year through, you don't need to rely on just Christmas to find that.

Lots of love, I hope you can enjoy the remainder of the year, gazing at your christmas trees and fancies and that your hubby feels better real soon xx

Lee Ann said...

hmm that was meant to say losing your christmas, sorry for the typo lol xx

Sarah B said...

Oh my goodness, what a series of unwanted events! Instead of a redo you could make a movie about it?
But really, I'm sorry it wasn't as good as you had hoped for, but boy, it sure will be a memorable one. Hopefully you can all chuckle about it next year :)
X

Beth said...

I hope you all feel better soon!

Megan said...

Well, you will always have the memories of this Christmas and it may be one that you laugh about in years to come. Here's to hoping New Year's Eve goes better and that everyone is feeling OK.

Freckled Hen said...

Oh my gosh! That sounds like my childhood! Luckily some of us laugh about it now and hopefully soon enough your family will laugh too- I'm sorry! Hope your husband feels better soon and you can capture some of the holiday memories you wish for before the season goes...

All That Glitters said...

Hey, F bombs happen sometime! ;)Sending lots of love your way!

Gina said...

Oh my, I guess we've all had moments, or days or even holidays like this. It just happens. At least you see the good in it and that's what really counts.

Struffoli, huh? You've surprised me. A huge tradition around here, I've never seen it any place else. Looks like you did a great job too!

Mo 'Betta said...

Oh my... Sounds like a Griswald Christmas (Christmas Vacation is a must see). Sorry it wasn't great, but as you said, at least you were all together & (relatively) healthy. It could always be worse I'm afraid (I made the mistake of watching the news last night. Been depressed ever since!)

Cheers to a Happy New Year!! (and dropping the f-bomb at the Christmas table....classic! I'm sure it's not your proudest moment, but quite hilarious blog fodder ;) )

Susan said...

I just love this post. Seems we all have a Christmas or 2 like this. I am so sorry, but think of the memories. Ha~
Best wishes in 2012...
Susan

Ina in Alaska said...

You had me at strufoli!!!! Love those little balls!!!

Michele said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry things turned out like that. But you are right in saying that everyone was together. That's what is important, because in the scheme of things, you all love eachother. I let stress get the best of me every Christmas and I hardly ever enjoy it. I always think that's just the way it is for parents. Have a Happy New Year!!! You will have a better Christmas next year. xxoo

Parsley said...

Well, holidays happen. I sometimes want a re-do and I sometimes don't want them to end.

Happy New Year.

Tami said...

Leslie, sounds like the holidays from hell. I'm so soorry!!!! I hope everyone is feeling better. Perhaps New Years will be the party of the year for your family!

Julie Harward said...

Well, I guess this is as real as it gets! Sorry about the sickness part though. There is still New Years though...party on! ;D

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Bless you sweet girl!!! Remember, Christmas really is just another day that the Lord has given us...in fact He probably does not even need for us to celebrate it....BUT, to celebrate Him everyday in what we do and what we say to those in whom we come into contact...

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Leslie...love your honesty! You will laugh about this in years to come! We have had someone throw up at the Christmas dinner table while we were all eating dinner! It was great fun! {flu bug} And what's a little f-bomb thought? Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little f-bomb in my house. Hell, I start with the f-bomb when I have to peel the squash for crikey sakes! And don't you love teenagers? Oh my! My daughter is completely insane sometimes too. I left the house today and went shopping all day today {mostly window shopping} to get a break from that teenage brain! Jeepers! She told me today that no one say's 'lol' and that it's 'lame'. I'm sorry..but in my world, people say 'lol' in texts and facebook and blogging. Christmas... the most wonderful time of the year! Love ya Leslie! Angie xo

Maery Rose said...

So sorry but it does make for a humorous post of all the things that can and sometimes do go wrong at the most inopportune times, turning what was supposed to be wonderful, well, turning it all into a funny story, if you can look at it that way. And it appears you have. And there is a do over... next year.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Lets just say this one will go down in history and some day you will laugh about it! It's a new Year around the corner and life is messy sometimes! I'm glad hubby is feeling better! happy New Year!!

Pumpkin said...

Oh no :o( I know it may not have been the perfect Christmas you were hoping for but just think, these are the things that happen that you can look back on and laugh at. They become part of your Christmas memories :o)

GardenofDaisies said...

Just wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year!!