Muddling through the holiDAZE.


I walked to Meijer to pick up a few groceries this morning – the last time for this year I think. The store was packed with lots of people taking advantage of the “Santa Bucks” sale. The crowd was scurrying to and fro, and, in general, looking harried and hurried at such an early hour of the morning. I saw shopping carts overflowing with everything from baking essentials to bows and festive bags. Those people have high hopes for the weekend and will get it done no matter what … or go crazy trying.

I read a story the other day about how you can hire an elf contingent to help you through the holidays. Better than a personal assistant, these “elf helpers” will get any task done on your Christmas to-do list, from addressing cards to decorating the house, baking up a storm (all your favorites, of course) and even wrapping the presents. They’ll research gifts for you and order them online or go shopping to buy them as well. The possibilities are endless – you just hand these elves your to-do list.

When New Year’s Day rolls around, that band of merry little elves will come and disrobe the tree and put all the baubles and bulbs, tinsel and trimmings, and any traces of Christmastime 2014 away ‘til next Christmas.

Yup, the elf contingent aims to please for between $30.00 to $45.00 per hour to holiday-ize your home, so you can breeze through the holiday season with nary a care and look like you slaved over the usual Christmas rituals. I wonder if anyone would know you didn’t bake, then decorate with piped icing, all those dozens of perfect gingerbread boys? Or that you were not the one who trimmed the tree so exquisitely?

But … would you really feel right standing around the water cooler at work whining about how much Christmas stuff you did and still have to do? However could you commiserate with others on Facebook without fessing up?

I guess it is easier to just keep it simple and do it yourself.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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4 Responses to Muddling through the holiDAZE.

  1. Did an elf write this story???? Actually I tried the elf thing once and couldn’t get rid of them, even after the holidays were long over. It seems Santa won’t spring for Netflix , and they got addicted to old reruns of Leave it to Beaver…so be careful.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Brian – … so much for elfin magic, huh?


  3. Marge Aubin says:

    The fun part of Christmas is decorating your house. Of course we do it very early in December so we have time to think of what we will buy for our family and friends. The main thing after the gifts are wrapped is cookies, sweet breads and food…That is Christmas, not a little elf running around my tree, maybe at the mall with Santa……


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Then the house looks so bare when you take all the glitter and gold down again – there was a photography store on Fort Street between Northline and Goddard on our side that left the Christmas tree up year ’round and decorated for the season. I think he is out of business now though.


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