What’s That Noise? What’s That Smell?

November 1.

Y’all know how I get with new beginnings.

Starting now, there is really nothing else going, but holiday planning until Christmas is over.

At my most recent check of the countdown clock, it was 53 days 17 hours 42 minutes and 42 seconds until Christmas.

Which falls on a Tuesday.

Meaning Jan 2 is a Wednesday.

I couldn’t possibly think of a more anti-climactic set up for the beginning of a year.  I will say though, it seems to beg the office to be officially closed on Monday because no one will do anything anyway except eat the Fiddle Faddle and the weird cookies that came in that basket the little hipster sales rep brought.  They’ll “elf themselves” and fwd their wives crap that Dr Sanjay Gupta publishes (WTH, Man?) and sit around on the clock until the boss comes through at 2:15 and says, “Why are you guys still here?”.

Just be closed.

I digress.

I have historically failed to capture the holiday magic.

This All Saint’s Day, I intend to bring the holiday noise, and, while I am at it, the holiday funk as well.

If Pinterest fails to load over the next day or so, that’s me.  If you don’t mind, call the house and remind me to share.

Pinned from The Ivy Cottage Blog

There will be free holiday printables and crafts and so forth.

Mickey has authorized me to purchase holiday decorations for the porch as our neighborhood has a contest.


Yes.  You read that right.  Just like in Charlie Brown Christmas. (We are nothing if not literary around here.  I’m the Stephen Crane of moms.)

Which is not to dis’ a Pilgrim, at ALL.

We’ve invited my sister-in-law for Thanksgiving, and I’ve unofficially planned to host a party on Black Friday for those of us who don’t go shopping, to craft and watch The Family Stone.*

This holiday, the noise will be loud; the funk will be the stank of us.

How do you get it started in your house?  How do you kick off the holidays?  What traditions are uniquely yours?

Oh, and…


Better get cracking.




*The Family Stone is a movie made for grown up women.  Your kids will just bother you and ask why you are laughing and why you are crying.  Your husband will piss and moan about chick flicks and why couldn’t we be watching the game or the Three Stooges.  Watch it alone or with girlfriends.  Like The Notebook, only with Luke Wilson and therapeutic marijuana.








  1. Loved that movie. And the idea of a Black Friday party. I do not, under any circumstance, go out into the blood thirsty Black Friday crowd. I shudder at the mere thought of it!

  2. My daughter and I are flying out to spend Thanksgiving with my mom, son, sister, nieces, etc. We will be raking leaves, playing games, laughing at how hysterical we think we are, and having an absolute blast. I can’t wait!

  3. I swear last night David said, “I guess this means it is time for me to get down the Christmas decorations.” I wish he was joking.

  4. This post made me LOL 😀 Thanks for that.

    The Holidays are big around here, or at least they used to be. I was once referred to as the Martha Steward meets Daria of Christmas..still not sure that was a compliment.

    Anyway, my festive spirit has started to dwindle these past few years. I’m not sure if it is because my children are getting older, of if it has to do with the fact that I’m the only person who tries to keep the spirit of the season alive..it’s probably that. It takes a toll eventually.

    This year marks our first holiday season out of Arizona, we recently moved to Florida, and that means without my family. My husband and girls said I have to get my bum in gear.

    One family tradition, which I’m sure others do as well, is that we put the tree up on Thanksgiving. During the day, while dinner is cooking (if only it cooked itself) we put up the tree and start to hang decorations for Yule and Christmas. It might be one of my favorite parts of the day.

    A Thanksgiving tradition – each day leading up to Thanksgiving, we each write something we are thankful of on an index card, then on Thanksgiving, during dinner, we take turns reading each other’s cards. I <3 that one too.

  5. A Black Friday block party?!?! That sounds like a great idea. You’ve inspired me. 🙂

  6. Love your blog! Following you!

  7. thebusymomsdiet says:

    haha! Love your assessment of the first day back at work after the new year.

  8. hi there! Nice blog! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog on Friday! I had such a great day with my sitstahs! 🙂

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