The Christmas we didn’t think we were going to make it.

Author: randomandodd  |  Category: Random

As I write this post, I am sitting on my couch in front of the tree that had to be redecorated after the trauma it had sustained the night of decoration. I should have known that night it was the precursor for the what I believed would be the most horrible of all Christmases.

This Christmas has turned out to be a Christmas of learning the definitions of words I have thrown around so loosely. Words I have heard for the last 35 years in Christmas songs.

As the season began to roll into the stores with HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BUY ME! I started to stress out. Then I checked our bank account and said, “WHOA!” and then I pulled a Christmas Tree and fell to the floor having everything knocked out of me. “WHY DO THEY KEEP LETTING STUFF GO THROUGH?? CAN’T THEY SEE THE MONEY IS NOT IN THE BANK!” But they continued to allow stuff to go through…because every time they do, they get 34.00 bucks. I have been RAPED by the bank in overdraft charges for stupid things like buying GAS. Silly me, thinking I should need such a luxury! Sorry, I digress.

The week before Christmas is when my throat began to close up because of fear. As I write this, I am finally allowing myself to feel the full impact of magnitude of what someone has done for me. I am crying.
My friend ‘Cita and her husband gave me something that I haven’t felt for awhile. They gave me HOPE. They pre-payed several hours of photography so I would be allowed to buy my children Christmas gifts.
When I heard the words leave ‘Cita’s husband’s lips, I started crying. I wasn’t going to have to put off Christmas for 5 children.

I heard a Christmas song after that said, ‘Friends and Family send salutations’ and I began to think about the holiday for what it was.
Two weeks before Christmas the cards start coming in and the music has already been on full rotation in every store you walk into.
Everyday I went through the mail and there they were, Christmas Cards. People taking a moment out of their busy lives to send ME and MY FAMILY a card to say, ‘Hi. I’m thinking about you.” Family, Friends…and my readers. I got more cards from you all…I feel guilty.

With the fire somewhat roaring, the stocking stuffed, the presents under the tree and a fridge full of Boston Market Turkey and Mashed Potatoes, and a body that is relaxed without fear…I write this.

This season is a blessing. It’s about friends. It’s about family. It’s about the stupid things like tree’s that fall, the lights, red, green and candy canes. It’s a time to remember that there is hope, and there is a reason for the season. It may not be about religion or big men in red suits. There is a reason for it and I finally get ‘it’ and I will not forget it.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that wonderful stuff. Thank you all for being my friends and coming to say “HI”.

22 Responses to “The Christmas we didn’t think we were going to make it.”

  1. Christmas Song Says:

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  2. Carlos Says:

    Merry Christmas to you from a regular reader – scarce commenter.

  3. kimmyk Says:

    merry christmas kris and random and odd family!
    you made me cry…ya bitch. oh it’s christmas can’t say that….ha!
    i hope you enjoy your day…it’ll all be over tomorrow.

    much love!

  4. dashababy Says:

    Merry Christmas sisser I love you. Wish you were here, xoxoxoxo

  5. Tutu Says:

    Merry Christmas R&O–have a good 2008.

  6. Myrtle Says:

    “WHY DO THEY KEEP LETTING STUFF GO THROUGH?? CAN’T THEY SEE THE MONEY IS NOT IN THE BANK!” But they continued to allow stuff to go through…because every time they do, they get 34.00 bucks. I have been RAPED by the bank in overdraft charges for stupid things like buying GAS. Silly me, thinking I should need such a luxury! Sorry, I digress”

    With all due respect, why do you continue to purchase things when there’s no money in your account? Why would you then blame this on the bank? I don’t get it.

  7. Steph Says:

    YEA ! Merry Christmas to you & your R & O Family !

  8. randomandodd Says:

    Myrtle and Merry Christmas to you too

  9. Monkey Says:

    hugs and love to you and yours…

    and merry christmas…

    peace…

  10. Sharkey Says:

    Merry Christmas, Kristine!

  11. KimmyK Says:

    With all due respect Myrlte back the hell off … haha
    Merry Christmas Random and ODD … may all your days be brighter because you got “it”
    ((HUGGS))

  12. Susie Says:

    I hope you’re having a Christmas fit for a Princess. :)

  13. Beth Says:

    Ooh, I have been there with the fucking bank. One year my ex and I were really struggling and when we made it through the year, he totaled up all the over drafts and it was something like $2500….made me sick. Its horrible, isnt it? and dont you love when they RETURN something, yet still charge the fee? even better.

    Thank God for good friends!!! I am glad you are relaxing!! Hope you had a fabulous day! Merry Christmas!

  14. Sandy Says:

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Sending lot’s of Love and extra Big Big Hug’s your way

  15. Karla Says:

    Merry Christmas! I had an overdraft incident happen before and I called the bank and they credited back some of my overdraft fees. It’s worth a try to call. The worst they could say was no. Good luck!

  16. Lexi aka Mrs Craig Says:

    Hey my Fav Blogger –
    I hope your Christmas was a great one!
    Myrtle, your attitude is just as ugly as your name – you know MYRTLE – things happen in life, people do make errors – so back off and grab a cup of egg nog before I cyber slap you out of here – The girl has enough to deal with without your nastiness –
    Kristine, I hope the day was good – I hope your bellies are full of Boston Market goodies and that all is well in your humble lil abode. . .
    Hugs and Merrys Christmas Wishes from Dallas. . . .. Mrs Craig

  17. kianna Says:

    wow cita’s family must be SO wonderful

  18. Maria Says:

    Happy Christmas.

  19. Tutu Says:

    Myrtle, go visit my site also–see what friends like Cita and mind do for each other. They love them-not put them down.

  20. Tabitha Says:

    I can honestly say that I love you with my heart and my sould Kris. YOU and Shaun once again blessed not 5 but 6 kids! You took Boo under your wings and blessed him on a Christmas that I could not even purchase stocking stuffers. But ya know what Kiddo??? No tree, no filled stockings, no presents in my house and I still had one of the Merriest Christmas’ ever. THANK you for opening up the Village, for loving us and for always being YOU!!!!!! BIGGGGGGG HUG. maybe I should look for a wife instead of a husnand…hummmmm

  21. kimmyk Says:

    that’s what i need…
    a wife.
    not one for sex or anything, but one who can help me with all this shit i gotta do every.damn.day.
    ALL.BY.MYSELF.
    I’m tired. and when I’m tired…it gets ugly around these parts.

    Good idea Tabitha. Good idea indeed.

  22. cori Says:

    Your christmas sounds like ours started out to sound like. We too made it through and still have our home to live in. God Bless and Keep you and your family.