Christmas Happy Christmas

Oh the weather outside’s not frightful
(But inside it’s about to get delightful)

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC


A Quick Reminder

From now until Twelfth Night – January 6th, when any sensible ADDer plans to celebrate the big present fest – I am going to replace the Monday Grumpy Monday series with Christmas Happy Christmas.

My regular Wednesday articles will all probably have a “getting ready for the upcoming holidays” theme as well.

This is Monday replacement #1.


Since I leave the trees up for so long (yes, trees – plural), there is no way any live tree would make it through the length of my particular holiday season.

Every single one would be a stick, long before I was ready to take it down — surrounded by a carpet of needles that I would track all over the house.

So I am especially grateful that artificial trees have become so realistic-looking in the last decade or so.  Not that it would really matter — eventually.

By the time I cover them with years and years of ornaments, it’s difficult to tell what’s underneath!

But I try to put my trees up very early and decorate as I find dribs and drabs of time — so I really like them to look as real as possible during the period they are comparatively naked.

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Crossing my Christmas Fingers

BOXIn a huge box in the storage room in the basement, wrapped in plastic and tied with rope, is what I sincerely HOPE is a huge pre-lit Christmas tree that made its debut years ago, purchased for a song at Sams Club.  It has been waiting for a stage large enough to hold its encore ever since.

That particular tree is what I hope will become what I like to call my Victorian Della Robbia Tree. 

In addition to gilded pinecones saved from year to year and “gilded by hand” (with gold spray paint!), tied to the tree with dribs and drabs of lace and lovely ribbons, this tree holds special Victorian-themed ornaments, long, clear icicles, crystals like the ones usually found on chandeliers, and candles in holders.

UPDATE-Fri. 12/5: The truly fascinating and wonderful Indian grad students across the hall (always volunteering to help that “old lady” who stays up ’til 4AM!) got said “huge box” up from the storage dungeon a few moments ago — and it IS my realistic, gorgeous, pre-lit Sam’s-for-a-Song Christmas tree.  I am in heaven.

You should SEE this place.  It looks like a cross between Santa’s workshop, the bedroom of the world’s messiest teenager, and the apartment of someone who just got her Black Friday shipment from every single store in the universe — boxes EVERYWHERE.  

I am doing the ADD thing to make sure I say in action: I am already inviting people to my Twelfth Night party. (Does anybody else hear Jaws music?)

Any readers near Cincinnati?  Leave me a comment and send an e-me form  with your number, and I’ll call you with an invite. My new digs will either look like an enchanted Macy’s Christmas Shop OR I’ll be an embarrassment to organizers everywhere — but the game’s afoot. 

In ANY case, in addition to all the particular ornaments I have made or collected (just like the Victorian’s themselves!), I will make sure this Della Robbia Victorian fantasy is virtually dripping with [artificial] fruit of various types

Luscious clusters of grapes, both purple and green, bracket gilded pears and sugared plums and oranges and pomegranates – and just about any type of real-looking artificial fruit I have found in my forays through second hand shops and yard sales.

Second-hand Roses

I had to make a rule for myself, many years ago, that I had to put a serious ceiling on the amount I could pay for any individual ornament.  As nuts as I am about Christmas, I’d have been in the poorhouse l-o-n-g ago if I hadn’t seriously boundaried my Christmas ornament addiction.

So almost all of my ornaments, except for gifts from others, are mgh-made, hand-me-downs, or items I have found for two dollars TOPS at the after Christmas sales.  I make it a game to see how low I can go, price-wise, which only adds to my fun.

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And that’s not ALL

Other trees have different themes, and most are joined – as is this one – by similarly decorated garlands, wreaths and fireplace mantle swags, when I have been lucky enough to have a fireplace or three.  THIS apartment has two – one in the office and one in my bedroom.

My bedroom tree is always angel-themed.  I have been collecting angels of every type imaginable for forty years now, so I’m looking forward to having the space to get them ALL on a bigger tree this year, even if I have to buy one.

The themes of my office trees and wreaths have varied — but they always host geese of a variety of types and sizes, since my first company (The Optimal Functioning Institute™) was founded on the values outlined in The Goose Story, by by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes.

The kitchen theme is The Nutcracker Suite – Visions of Sugar Plums – and it is going to be a particular challenge this year.  I have literally NO floor or counter space, and the walls are already pretty much covered.  I can’t wait to see what I come up with!

THEN there is the bathroom — and the windows, the long hall, the doorways – and my cute little balcony/porch this year!! It’s always quite a process, and I usually look forward to every single minute of it, especially this particular year.  I desperately need to have something wonderful to recall when I look back on an otherwise fairly dismal 2014.

So much to decorate, so little time before Christmas.
Is it any wonder I leave everything up for ages once it’s all done?

I’d love to have you join me as I decorate

If, by the time you are reading this article (prepared in advance to give me time to decorate), I FINALLY have a working iPhone, I’ll snap some pictures and include them in posts to come.

JUST about the point at which almost everyone else thinks the tree is ready for it’s close-up (Mr. Demille), it is JUST ABOUT ready for the final touches.

Almost everyone has told me that adding anything else would make it look junky – yet those same people have had to admit, once I pronounced it DONE, that I was absolutely right. So I really hope I am able to share the stages of growth with you in a few decent photos.

How are YOU planning to decorate for the holidays this year?

By the way, don’t miss this Wednesday’s December kick-off post — a repeat of Janine Baker’s WONDERFUL take-off on ‘Twas the Nite Before Christmas.  It was originally published years ago on my first site.  It has a delightful ADD twist, so you really don’t want to miss it.

Oops! This severely dyscalulate ADD Poster Girl failed to notice that I set them BOTH for [Monday] December 1 – so they posted on the same day.  Sorry about that — especially sorry if I overwhelmed anyone with posting-glut!

(I hold the copyright to A Visit from St. What’s His Name, and it is pending publication,
but you are welcome to pass it around by linking or reblogging)

Preview of upcoming attractions: Click image for another [slightly grumpy] version of Clement Moore’s poem — ‘Twas the MONTH before Christmas and all thru the store . . .”

AS ALWAYS, comments are encouraged and eagerly awaited – EVEN from Grinches – as long as you don’t make individual people wrong, and do your best to avoid the dreaded “should” word, I will approve all comers (link-spammers shot on sight, however).

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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