Or.. Slaughtering the Spirit of the Season
Or.. What Not to do at Christmas
There's a lesson here I'm sure. Too bad I'm an idiot.
You see. it started yesterday, with an accident. I wasn't the one who caused it, but I made the situation worse.
We were using a somewhat iffy table to have our Christmas tree in the window shining out over the driveway. Near the table was a fridge and freezer. In searching for the Christmas ham in the freezer, my wife bumped the table and the leg gave way. This smashed a couple of porcelain cookie jars, but it didn't collapse the table.
I decided to help. I noticed the power cords for the tree slung over the curtain rod. I thought this was a bad thing, so I went to grab the tree. I lifted it off the half collapsed table, not realising there were gifts under it. These were more porcelain cookie jars to complete the collection and were for my wife. Naturally, the tree was only thing holding them up, removing the tree meant they too smashed to the floor.
Well, it went to shit from there.
To make matters worse, on an extremely limited budget, I bought her a gift that I thought she would both appreciate and use, completely forgetting that we had already obtained one several months back. I had forgot because I rarely ever see it.
She did extremely well. Gave me a gift that I will always treasure, and one I am proud to call mine. If I ever get another desk job, its going to occupy a prominent place on my desk.
I singlehandedly destroyed the Christmas spirit at my house, as completely as if I'd shot it repeatedly with a tommy gun.
Sometimes I wonder why my wife still stays with me, and I'll wager she's wondering why too if the silence tonight is any indication.
She's been with me ten years. Christmas and I have never really gotten along, and I have never learnt from my Christmas mistakes. I suck at it. I always have; its my worst holiday. I'm much better at national holidays, where independence or nationhood is celebrated. Or Halloween. Or Thanksgiving- though I moved to a country that doesn't celebrate it. If I have a bit of cash, I'm even good at Valentines day.