Exactly A Month

I am quite comfortable with admitting I am completely shocked that it is the end of November. The last few years have flown by, and they're speeding up every time. I'm not sure whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, though.

It's good because December is always my favourite time of year, what with Christmas, time off and relaxing over Summer. I'm not even a fan of Summer (evil sunburn, yeeow) but I AM a fan of air conditioning.

It's bad because after Christmas time starts speeding up again, and the holidays always seem to be over before they start. Also because once a year is gone, you can't go back and change it.

I talked to a mother at my school yesterday, and found out she just turned 24. She has a little girl in Year 2, a little boy in Kindergarten, and another little boy in daycare. Why does that make me feel old? And I'm not even 23. Weird.

Anyway - 30 days to go until Christmas. 19 teaching days of school left. 36 days left of 2006. 43 days before New Zealand beckons.

And only 5 days before we put our tree up and go crazy with decorations!


Why am I snorting? We live on a street where the neighbours all go out of their way to beat each other with tacky exterior house light displays. We love decorating the inside of our house, but the outside? No thanks. In a way we're a bit Scrooge-ish. But it IS funny seeing people come strolling up our streets checking out their tacky displays, and walking past our house where the only lights are coming from the Christmas tree and the garage spotlights. Hee.

Oh, Oh. And this year will be extra special! Mum found a Bart Simpson wooden cut-out and he's wearing a Santa hat and mooning people. Doesn't that send a nice message to our neighbours? Bah humbug to you and your scary possessed mechanical reindeer whose moving heads and glowing eyes freak me out every time I stare out my window.

(And just to clarify, I LOVE going walking or driving at Christmas, checking out lights. It's one of my favourite things to do! Just not with idiotic neighbours, who also like to block off our entire street with road barriers, just so THEY can have a barbeque down the end without interruptions. Bastards.)

What have you got to do in the ONE MONTH before Christmas?

25 down; 5 to go.

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Lel said...

Our neighbor two doors down had their yard all decorated with the evil mechanical reindeer a week and a half ago!!! I told J we needed to sneak down in the middle of the night and put little arrows through their hearts. I'm not doing the icicle dangling lights this year, I'm fairly sure I'll likely break my neck. Instead we're going with the spiral lit tree in the yard and it will probably go up tomorrow since the weather is still warm. About the time I wait until next weekend the ground will be solid ice and there's that breaking my neck thing again!

Catherine said...

We have family friends who ring Energy Australia to warn them in advance that they are switching on their Christmas lights.

I feel old because my little sister and my baby brother are both dating. It's very disconcerting!

Ngaire Brown said...

Our tree is up already and the outside icles on the verandah are going up over the next few days.
Our town is renowned for tacky decorations but there are also some spectacular looking places too.

cagey said...

On the one hand, I wished I lived in a neighborhood that went all Redneck with the decorations, but on the other, I know my personality would tempted to JOIN IN. Better to visit the Cuh-Razy neighborhoods nearby, I suppose.

kari said...

to answer your question, in the month before christmas i mostly have to make a mad dash to finish all my schoolwork. i should probably also try to do some gift shopping, but schoolwork will have to come first for a bit. blarg - wish me luck!

LaLa said...

I am putting up my tree tonight as we leave for QLD on the 18th and we are having friends over for Xmas drinks next weekend so must get organised for that.

Very simple decorations this year, red balls on the tree and white lights and then red and green candles and stuff.

Have you seen those STUPID upside down trees at Kmart. Idiocy.

kirby said...

I have to work for 20 more days... possibly less if I can swindle me a day off...*fingers crossed* (well, one dog on thursday ain't bad)
I have to get ready for christmas... with decorating the tree and baby proofing our house because of Lizzie being up and WALKING... in a few short steps before she sits down and crawls again....

that's kind of it...?

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