I sure do. That’s why this will be short. I am too far into this blog project without a re-run to start now, so you will just have to be satisfied with original content, never mind the quality. It’s the thought that counts – isn’t that what our mothers always told us?
My typical writing method involves writing whenever I get some free time. Some pieces that require more research get work done on them over multiple weeks, and others get banged out on one sitting. Only very rarely do they
go from germinating concept to “hit the publish button, already” on the Thursday evening before things go live (like this one, which remains a sentimental favorite of mine, partly for this reason). This is actually not one of those, but only because I know that Christmas Eve Eve will have an overflowing to-do list and a dwindling time for checking things off. This blog post is item #67 on that list.
Better writers than me would be able to sit down and block out all of the mental stresses of the season in order to write something that evokes the idea of sitting before a warm fire with a holiday cocktail at hand and loved ones sharing the sofa.
That is always the brochure-version of my Christmas eve – JPC’s Christmas Eve (as envisioned by advertising writers). My actual, real-life Christmas eve is never anything like this. Instead, it is a dawn to dusk sprint that involves last-minute shopping, last minute cleaning, last minute cooking and baking, and (blessedly, finally) last-minute collapse into bed, exhausted to the point of wishing to just sleep through the whole thing and catch up with everyone after.
But somehow it all gets pulled together, and I am sure that will happen this year too. It will not, however, happen while I sit at a keyboard. In fact, there is but a single preparation for the holiday that can be accomplished in this way, and here it is: May each of you have a blessed and joyous Christmas!
(Wow, look at me go. Just 66 more items to cross off the list and I can light that fireplace and pour that drink!)