ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS????
This is a question that irritates me on many levels, although I know it is asked in innocence and a spirit of friendly, tired cameraderie. I suppose the correct response is, "No, I still have lots to do." The perfect reply to this is, "Good! I'm not ready either. I'm glad I'm not the only one." But I can't get past the implications within this question. What is ready for Christmas? My evil elf imagination wants to shoot back snarky mean answers to equalize the flummoxing:
- YES! I am ready for the birth of our Lord and Saviour! Are you?
- NO! But I'm ready for Easter! For which holiday are you ready?
- (Sob) We haven't celebrated Christmas since Aunt Gertrude died on Christmas Eve two years ago.
- Well, I have purchased gifts for my children, except that I can't find a size large blue pair of wool socks for my son, who needs them for curling practice, and I'm still wondering whether my husband would prefer a pair of binoculars or a can opener for Christmas. I have baked 3 kinds of Christmas cookies and put them into seventeen boxes, but I ran out of wax paper after I lined the 11th box. NO make that the 10th box. So I used aluminum foil and I wonder if that will be okay. The tree is 3 or 4 centimeters shorter than I usually like but I guess that will have to do. I have been having difficulty finding the specific kind of ornament hook that I bla bla bla bla bla bla (well, he/she asked)
- Are you ready for a hug?
- What day is it anyway?
- Don't you love solstice?
- Would you like to join us at our house for Christmas?
- What's your spiritual practice this time of year?
- Where'd you get that sparkle in your eye?
- I'm going to Costco this afternoon. Can I pick anything up for you?
- Would you mind sharing your recipe for eggnog?
- Have you seen my mitten?
Any of these would be a lovely way to check in with a friend or acquaintance at holiday time, and much less loaded that the "Are you ready..." question.
question: Have you seen my mitten?
mompoet - ready for anything whatever that means
ps - After Christmas, please don't ask, "Was Santa good to you?"