Countdown to My Christmas Vacation: 1 Day to Go

For a new working mom, Christmas vacation represents a nice, long chunk of time to spend at home with your baby. Counting down to it is the hardest part!

Can I tell you how excited I am that tomorrow (Wednesday) is my last day of work before my six-day Christmas vacation begins? It will be the longest chunk of time I’ve spent at home with my family since I came back to work from maternity leave in August.

If you see the little cutie pictured at left, I think you’ll get some idea of how much I have to look forward to.

I feel like a kid in school, literally watching the clock tick by until the bell rings and it’s Christmas vacation. “WOOHOO!” Homer Simpson might whoop. (In fact, I’d like to apologize in advance to any coworkers I annoy tomorrow in meetings when I ask, “Is Wednesday over yet? How ’bout now? Now?”)

What’s really nice about this vacation is that I don’t have to go anywhere. We’re staying in town this year (don’t feel like hauling across the country with a 7-month-old in tow) and making memories (for us, anyway) of our daughter’s first Christmas. Taking Cassie to the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Getting her first haircut. Visiting with my friend Meg who’s home from New York. Watching my family open their presents. Aw hell, opening my own presents! Watching Badder Santa (the unrated version—it’s not that bad), It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Charlie Brown Christmas all in a row. Eating those chocolate-covered bourbon-soaked maraschino cherries that my Great-Aunt Grace makes every year (they can get you drunk if you eat enough of them—seriously!)

As you’ve probably gathered, I plan to completely leave behind my working mom status for a few days, and just relish the other part of my life. Guilt, be gone!

5 thoughts on “Countdown to My Christmas Vacation: 1 Day to Go

  1. just4ofus says:

    Enjoy your time off! And the first Christmas is so fun with them!
    I might have to try this drucken cherry recipe… sounds yummy and fun!

  2. Thanks, I will!

    I think the drunken cherries are just cherries (stems removed) soaked in bourbon for a LONG time–at least 24 hours! Then dip them in chocolate and let them harden on wax paper. Don’t let the kids eat too many, or you may be sorry.

  3. Enjoy your time off!!! Make sure to try to read Water for Elephants in your spare time.

  4. Cassie is so darn cute! Enjoy your time off.

  5. Um….can I please have the recipe for your aunts chocolate-covered bourbon-soaked maraschino cherries? Those sound absolutely wonderful sitting here at work at 4:24 pm on the Friday before X-mas.

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