The stocking are hung by the chimney with care,
the presents are wrapped in holiday flair.
Everything is clean and put away,
every surface gleams with chemical spray.
The Yankee Candle puffs out cranberry smoke...
then you here a crash, and guess what...
Three two one... and you're sucked back into reality. Amazon boxes are piled where the tree should be, the cards from friends stand on the dusty mantle. Each one a little reminder that you should return the gesture, but time is running out. And yes, that is dog vomit on the carpet.
Let us not be too hard on ourselves though. If we've done things right, using a little bit of smarts and a whole lot of luck... WE ARE OKAY! There could be no boxes from Amazon full of gifts for people, there could be no friends who send cards, and there will always be dog vomit... so... where am I going with this? Ah yes, this season is full of blessings, perfection may not be one of them, but from where I stand (in the middle of dog hair tumbleweeds and Penny Saver fliers) I see abundance, friendship and the love of good dogs. If you still want perfection, look below! It's easy to manage a 17inch X 17inch X 17inch Christmas :)