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The Night Pizza Saved Christmas

My Excited Face

Looking back, I might have been overly generous to give the space for the tree my excited face.

There is no laziness rehab. Despite the myriad of conditions which can now be alleviated with a month’s visit to a private facility, there’s no place for the lazy gal to turn.

So though I tell myself that next year I’ll be better, next year I’ll plan ahead and cross people off my organized gift list, I have my doubts.

There’s no cure in sight.

Christmas is this weekend, just a few days away and I woke up this morning with no tree.

No decorations.

No sparkling lights or fuzzy Santas or carved nativity scenes.

And I started to despair.

I started thinking that maybe there’d be no 2010 Christmas tree.

Then I remembered my friends and our weekly Tuesday night gathering.

Wooden nativity scene

Glass ornaments? Pizza? Jesus? Yup, everything is gonna be okay.

I remembered their weakness for pizza and manual labor requests.

Suddenly, I saw the light.

There could be a Christmas.

All it would take was a ham and pineapple pie resting by boxes of packed decorations.

Then we gathered together and ate and listened to Love Actually play in the background while putting up my tree.

(I was, naturally, too busy photographing said actions to do any of the physical work.)

(But isn’t memory recorder the toughest job of all?)


Hanging of the ornaments

What would I do without them? Except not celebrate Christmas, that is.

Tonight was the night pizza saved Christmas.

If you thought I was exaggerating my laziness

You should know I finished printing my Christmas letters about an hour ago,


p.s.~ Sometimes I feel I limit myself to awkwardness on my own site. Today is not one of those days, as I shamed myself in the comments on the Pioneer Woman. I’m sharing this with you because talking about my embarrassment makes it feel less like a humiliating mistake and more like a planned joke. So let’s all just pretend it was on purpose, shall we?

{ 57 comments… add one }

  • nursemyra December 22, 2010, 5:49 am

    Nice big tree. How did you get it home?

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:25 pm

      To my eternal shame, it’s fake. So I dragged it up from downstairs, banging into the wall the entire way!

  • Alaina December 22, 2010, 7:33 am

    I LOVE Love Actually! Beautiful tree! Nothing a little pizza cannot fix…

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:24 pm

      It’s become one of my favorite Christmas movies. And provides a perfect background to decorating!

  • Holly December 22, 2010, 7:53 am

    I LOVE BUBBLE WRAP TOO! Don’t let anyone judge your inablity to make jewelry. It’s so much more important to be able to make your friends do things they don’t want to do. Now, that’s talent! Nice tree!

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:22 pm

      EVERYBODY who is ANYBODY loves bubble wrap. And knowing the importance of bribery is quite a gift!

  • Christian December 22, 2010, 7:55 am

    This is exactly something that you would do. I’m honestly surprised that more events in your life don’t get solved this way.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:22 pm

      Sadly I’m often too lazy to even put together a pizza bribe.

      But then, you already knew that.

  • Sara December 22, 2010, 9:40 am

    Your tree is so pretty! Plus you have the perfect place to put it, which is always a bonus.
    By the way, I’m quite sorry I missed your what was I thinkin contest. I’ve only just resurfaced from under a big pile of moving boxes. Sigh.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:19 pm

      Yay for surviving the box avalanche! And I’m sorry you missed the contest too, as I’m confident your thought would have been hilarious. But don’t worry – starting in the new year I’m going to have more!

  • Kimberly December 22, 2010, 9:40 am

    Is it wrong that I want to dry hump Hugh Grant in the movie Love Actually? That is by far the best movie ever.
    Do you think pizza can cure cancer? Wha? No? Well at least it tastes facken good.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:18 pm

      Don’t be embarrassed – I’m a sucker for a Prime Minister myself.

      And don’t doubt pizza, it will one day provide world peace.

  • Dani December 22, 2010, 9:44 am

    Oh no! From the looks of it, you’re a plastic tree user! Sad, sad day.
    Unless I’m wrong…?

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:15 pm

      No, it’s sadly quite true.

      I gave in after my parents’ divorce when I realized real trees are a huge expense and amount of work. But don’t worry about my kids – if I had a family I’d definitely revert to real!

  • KJ December 22, 2010, 9:50 am

    This is how I know we would be great friends irl, because honestly, a night of decorating someone else’s place for Christmas while eating pizza sounds really fun! (so you could probably trick me into doing your work for you, too)

    Ok, wait… I’m hoping that friends thing doesn’t sound stalkerish because it wasn’t meant to be.

    you do have a beautiful tree & home 🙂

    also: ELF! haha.
    (hey, at least you caught it. I never would have figured it out, but then again I have no idea what your “Love Actually” reference is, either.)

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:14 pm

      I’m actually a huge disappointment in person, truth to elf, but I’d be honored to have you join in doing my manual labor!

      (Trust me – I’m not easily creeped out!)

  • Life of a Doctor's Wife December 22, 2010, 10:38 am

    “Glass ornaments? Pizza? Jesus? Yup, everything is gonna be okay.”


    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:13 pm

      I wish I could have included home made chocolate in that list – I’m still envious!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor December 22, 2010, 10:41 am

    Probably this isn’t the time to bring it up, but . . . who is going to take all of those decorations down?

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:09 pm

      Oh Mindee, why do you always think of the obvious results of my actions?

      Now I’m going to have to come up with a plan, like keeping a window open and hoping thieves take the decorations down on their way to steal my television.

      And then I’ll have more time for the Internet, once I don’t have a TV.

      So – problem solved!

  • carma December 22, 2010, 12:19 pm

    so all it takes is some pizza to bribe your buddies to come over and do stuff?? I must try that.

    Oh, and we didn’t put out one decoration this year, except on the door 😀 It was all very easy….

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:07 pm

      We didn’t put up that much, just what we got to around the pizza!

      (And yes, bribery is always an acceptable way to get stuff done!)

  • Skye December 22, 2010, 12:42 pm

    ELF! I’m sorry I missed it. But I’m glad you guys had a vegetarian-free opportunity to get meaty pizza.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:07 pm

      I was quite elfed you missed it. But we always grabe the meat opportunity of your absence!

  • Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure December 22, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Clearly I have the wrong friends, or perhaps its the whole I always forget to call them aspect, either way …. your idea of decorating makes MUCH more sense than my whole “do it yourself” plan. Clearly you need to write a holiday decorating guide.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:06 pm

      My life’s path now seems clear – guiding others into my brilliance lazy plan.

  • Two Girls on a Bench December 22, 2010, 12:56 pm

    The only cure for the lazy gal is pizza, you are correct. Keep up the distractions, they’ll keep you warm through the winter and Happy Holidays!

  • Blond Duck December 22, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I had Chicago style pizza for the first time ever on Sunday…..I’m in love. It’s Texas so I don’t know if it was authentic but it was GOOD.

  • Aimee December 22, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Is there anything pizza doesn’t solve? …oh right the things that chocolate can. Either way both shout out “GAME ON”

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 7:02 pm

      There is a chocolate restaurant in NYC (Max Brenners) that serves chocolate pizza. It truly is the solution to world peace.

  • Toni December 22, 2010, 3:02 pm

    To make you feel better, I just ate two corn dogs and fries yesterday. I know cheese clots the arteries but pizza is such great therapy! lol.

    In the spirit of giving, I’m hosting an international giveaway so join if you’re interested.

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • steph anne December 22, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Haha, love the tree!! 🙂 Thanks for the comment on my blog.

  • Metropolitan Mum December 22, 2010, 3:59 pm

    The in-laws just arrived for the mayhem that is Christmas. Pizza and a bottle of red sorted them out. Thank God for Pizza! xx

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:58 pm

      Pizza can calm even the most savage beast.

      Not that your family members are beasts.

      Unless they are.

      We haven’t met.

  • Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip December 22, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Pizza can save just about anything.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:55 pm

      Very, very true.

      Except romantic comedies.

      Pizza’s just a death knell then.

  • Denise@TogetherWeSave December 22, 2010, 5:25 pm

    I agree pizza can save just about anything. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:54 pm

      Merry Christmas!

      (Pizza is quite similar to a superhero. Just without a cape.)

  • liz December 22, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I love the tree! And it fits so perfectly!

  • Christina Harper December 22, 2010, 8:22 pm

    YAY! You have a tree now! WooHoo! Also, remember, Jesus and his buddies love pizza, so you should probably be warned. 😛

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:54 pm

      Well, they better be prepared to grab an ornament.

      (Though I’ve heard rumors they have carpentry/fishing skills. So I might end up with a lovely carved tree and some lake perch for the win.)

  • Jen December 22, 2010, 8:31 pm

    Yum…pizza… It solves everything. You just convinced me that I need better friends!

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:53 pm

      Maybe what you need is better pizza.

  • Jessica December 22, 2010, 8:45 pm

    You are too funny, thank goodness for friends who will work for pizza!

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:53 pm

      I am thankful for my friends every day – especially the ease at which their labor can be bought!

  • Christina December 22, 2010, 10:49 pm

    My favorite part is how you didn’t actually do any of the decorating, because you were taking pictures. I’ll have to remember that. We’ve had friends help pack when moving and I never do anything because I’m always running around trying to direct, or just watch, or just be overwhelmed. Next time I’ll have a camera in hand. It’s important to document these things!
    I love your tree!! And the space for it…so wonderful!

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:53 pm

      Yes – the camera is my ticket out of all actual work.

      Well, until my friends read this post and realize my dastardly plan.

  • alonewithcats December 22, 2010, 11:46 pm

    But where did the pizza come from? I’m thinking that a pie Pizza Hut could not have saved Christmas. But Papa John’s? Just maybe.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:52 pm

      It was Dominos.

      So…. partially saved Christmas compromise?

  • Relevant Notes December 22, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Haha… I just saw your comment on the Pioneer Woman – so funny! You handled it well 🙂

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:50 pm

      Thankfully I shame myself often enough I’ve learned how to best react!

  • Casey December 23, 2010, 1:36 am

    1. DC thing.

    2. The jewelry? Kind of looks like those shapey bracelet type things my kids keep wearing.

    3. Awesome tree!

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:48 pm

      1. Weird – now I feel like a White House ornament freak!

      2. I actually went back and read this post to figure out what jewelry you’re referring to, then thought about it for a while, then eventually figured it out. So yes, my constant confusion is still alive and well.

      3. Why thank you kindly.

      4. Merry Christmas!

  • Rachelle@littlewifeontheprairie December 23, 2010, 11:17 am

    Okay. You have the designation of making me pee virtually every time I read your posts. Your PW comments were the best yet! Laughing and peeing. Have a great Christmas.

    • Megan December 25, 2010, 6:42 pm

      Yes! I’m so glad someone was amused by my embarrassment – I would have felt it was without purpose otherwise!

      (Merry Christmas!)

  • Glamamom December 26, 2010, 12:57 pm

    ELF! It would not have been Christmas w/o that tree and decorations so thank Christ for pizza! Hope you had a Merry one! Love the comment on PW. Absolutely hilarious.

    • Megan December 27, 2010, 10:15 pm

      Pizza is a heavenly gift – and now I’m determined to make Elf! a thing, if only to save myself the shame in retrospect.

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