Saturday, December 01, 2007

No chef

And I don't mean a chef that cooks for you, although I don't have one of those either. Chef is a Romanian word (pronounced keff) that doesn't have a very good English equivilant. The best I can come up with is motivation. But it's kind of like desire or being in the mood or even interested in something.

Anyway, whatever it means, I don't have it. I can't seem to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I've gone through the motions, but they aren't helping me feel the joy and excitement that they usually do. My Christmas card is ready, although Joel has yet to write the annual letter. I started addressing envelopes, but got quickly bored with that. I did a bit of Christmas shopping, and while it was fun, I feel stressed about gift giving this year. Not necessarily financial stress...just plain stress. I only have half of my holiday decorations up, and no desire to put up the rest, which are currently sitting in a huge ugly pile on my kitchen table. Finally, the fact that this is my second blog post today AND that I've blogged every day this week (unheard of for me) attests that I do not have any chef for my normal chores. Way too much time on the computer.

So what's missing? Probably I'm focusing on all the wrong things. And I don't like how it makes me feel. Things are busy, yes, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't slow down and remember the reason for the season. That Christ was born onto this earth to save us. And not just from sin...He came to save us from just the sort of stress I've been feeling lately.

I did put my nativities up this morning. They are my favorite part of my Christmas decoration, but they can't be in the most prominent place this year because of a little girl named Sophia. She has shown remarkable restraint when it comes to the tree, but I'm just not willing to put my precious nativity sets in harm's way.

Anyway, I digress. I am off to bed, and hopefully a good sleep and the fact that I get to sleep in a little tomorrow (most of my Tuacahn students are in SLC for a state choir thing) will give me a little bit of chef.

And I think a little could go a long way.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I LOVE the new header!

    Do your students practice Christmas songs? Just wondering if that will/would help you get into the spirit. I'm really hoping to find my CD with Amy Grant signing Breath of Heaven. Love that one.

  2. Lara - year we bought the kids the Fisher-Price Little People nativity set. It's about $30 ($60 if you get the extra 2 add ons) but because it's LIttle People, it's indestructable! They ship really fast too. Maybe something like that would keep little Sophie occupied so you could put up your most precious nativities. That's why we bought ours.

    I hope that a little extra rest will help. This is such a hard time of year. We have NO Christmas decorations up at all - and I'm really not feeling like dragging them all out either.

    That Amy Grant CD is my favorite too!

  3. Haha, there is an equivalent for chef in both Spanish and French, but not in English! I know exactly what you mean, however, I am feeling very little chef myself this year.
    Spanish: ganas
    French: envie

  4. SHUT UP, you got to sleep it?
    I'm bitter. :)
    But it's Dec. 1st, I wouldn't give up hope yet. :)
    I'm rarely in the mood for Halloween on October 1st. :)

  5. Maddy who's too lazy to log inSun Dec 02, 07:44:00 PM

    No Christmas Spirit? WHAATT? I am the Christmas CRAZY lady! I have Christmas spirit in July. . . but that way I don't have as much to do IN December and then I can enjoy it without feeling stressed.

    I think a lot of people were feeling that way honestly. The whole extra week between Thanksgiving and December threw everyone off I think. It will come!

  6. Decorations up. Christmas cards, nope. Chef...just got it today. May be gone tomorrow, think we'll do the lights at Temple Square this week, usually kicks in the Spirit fast. Maybe yours will come tomorrow.

  7. Chef, what an interesting word--I must have missed the part where you talked about why you know Romanian!

  8. I love the new header too! And, I too love the Fisher Price Little People nativity. My kids can play and play to their hearts content and no worries on my part. :)

  9. You are further ahead than I am. . . only decorations up around here. Wish I was closer and we could do some things to get into the spirit together. Send any crafty christmas project ideas my way!! You know it will come. It can't not come (hmm is that said right) with young girls in the house :) Children always make the holidays better!

  10. I'm not feeling it yet either...our Christmas tree won't fit in our apartment so that isn't helping! We seemed to have lost a ton of decorations with our move as well. Ahhh!

    By the way, we have the Little People Nativity and the kids love it. Indestructible!

  11. Take a deep breath, and let what joy come your way fill your soul. I have been disappointed in years passed when I just couldn't seem to get bitten by the season bug....... The trick is letting what you feel be enough, even if it varies from year to year..... enjoy the magic your children feel. Relish in that..... it is such a blessing. You are a sweet soul with a lot on your plate. Take it easy on your self, and find a minute for you. The Christmas bug is looking for you, too!! (wink).

  12. hahaha, I thought I feel a little bit of Romanian going on here... Things will get better, I am sure :).