Anyway, our game involved "getting ready" for 10:00 when Fred Penner came on. Since I usually got dropped off around 8:00, we had just under two hours. We would "shop" for food, clothes, books, etc. in the playroom, and then set up a place to watch our shows, usually with a doll or stuffed animal (or Ninja Turtle!) to watch with us. We ran around like crazy making sure we had everything ready for our show. I recall an underlying sense of panic that we would never get it all done before the shows started, but of course we always did.
Why am I reminiscing about this game today? Because the Christmas preparations sort of remind me of that. We are shopping for food, drinks, presents, and then wrapping those gifts, preparing the food, cleaning the house, and still finding some fun Christmas things to do with E. Sure I'm tired, sure there is a slight sense of panic, but I love it. It's part of the fun of this holiday season, just like "Get Ready for Fred Penner" was part of our snow day traditions.
Also when I think back to the first Christmas, think of the panic that Joseph and Mary probably felt. Not only did they have to reach Bethlehem for the census, they were also expecting a baby! And then they couldn't find a place to stay, panic central! They may not have had everything turn out perfectly, as is the case for many of our own preparations, but it all worked out.