Monday, December 3, 2012

It's a Doomsday Christmas!

Usually at the beginning of December, I’m watching all those sappy Christmas movies that make my heart flutter and break and feel all happy inside simultaneously.

Not this year.  I’ve become addicted to the Doomsday shows on National Geographic.  I just found out the other day about the Mayan calendar ending on December 21, 2012, and many people believe that will be the end of the word.  Apparently, I’m the last to know.
I called my mom because I wanted to let her know about my significant discovery only to find out she’s been going to “prepper” meetings to make sure she’ll survive in her little town in Ohio.  Granted, people have called my mom “Doom and Gloom” for years.  She freaked out when I didn’t get ready for Y2K.  My husband and I bought some extra wine and hoped for the best here in Virginia.   I think my mom still has Dinty Moore beef stew left over from 2000.

Doom and Gloom told me about this other show called “Doomsday Preppers” where families are building bunkers and teaching their young children about survival techniques and how to siphon gas from other people’s cars if the need arises.

I only had one pen-sized flashlight for the recent hurricane that rocked our area.  At the last minute I filled up a bathtub with water in case we lost electricity and couldn’t get water, and I scrambled to find some candles.  That’s about as prepared as I get for a disaster.

Imagine my husband’s surprise when I told him that I bought survival items for Christmas gifts this year.  My boys are getting headlamps.  The girls are getting reusable handwarmers.   My husband is getting a crank radio and flashlight combo.  I bought other stuff too, but I’m too embarrassed to admit to the rest.  But, respiratory masks and Mylar blankets wouldn’t be out of the running.  Or fire starters and emergency tents. 
So, this got me thinking about YA books and the dystopian stuff that kids eat up these days.  I wonder if there’s a connection between adult paranoia and what teens are reading today.  Are we making our kids crazy?  Do they read these apocalypse and zombie books because they want to escape to a world that’s complete fantasy or because they’re trying to become preppers through osmosis? 

My kids have read many of these dystopian and apocalypse books, and I know for sure that they wouldn’t have a clue how to make it out there in a disastrous situation.  If they need to straighten their hair with a flat iron to avoid the zombies, they’re good. Fire a gun?  Not so much.  Figure out how to hunt game like Katniss?  Nope.  We’d starve. 
We put our tree up today, and tomorrow we string up the lights and hang the ornaments and deck the halls.  I still have my Christmas music on in the kitchen while I’m googling survival items on my computer.  I’ll still be baking my favorite cookies while waiting for the UPS man to deliver my water purification tablets and portable stove. 

Then I start to wonder…am I becoming my mother?!?  There’s a part of me that’s horrified at that idea and another part of me that’s kinda proud to be following in her crazy footsteps. 

I have purchased other fun gifts like sleds and games in the event that Christmas does actually arrive this December 25th.  My kids are downstairs dancing and laughing, and they have no clue that their mother is upstairs writing a blog about a Doomsday Christmas.

They can be kept in the dark.  If the time comes when I have to bring out the crank flashlight, I’ll clue them in.  Otherwise, it will be another Merry, Merry Christmas in our home. 
Just like next year’s.             
I’m hoping…

Kimberly MacCarron

Are you preparing for Christmas or for the end of the world as we know it?  Tell me I'm not the only crazy one who's prepping for both!


Kristi Cook said...

Oh, I feel like a slacker, totally unprepared for 12/21! LOL!

Lorie Langdon said...

This post is hilarious and disturbing! Like Kristi, I'm feeling a little behind the eight ball. I don't think all those Legos I bought this Christmas are going to get us very far in an emergency. ;)
Do I believe the world is going to end on the 21st - um, no. But your post has made a part of my brain begin to scramble, and ask "What if?"
Thanks a lot!

Denny S. Bryce said...
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Denny S. Bryce said...

I love those doom and gloom shows on Discovery. Have you seen the one that covers the destruction of NYC 10 years after the last human dies off, then 20, 30 and 100 years? Great programming, so much fun (I am being sarcastic)'s creepy (but also soooo addictive).

And I LOVE your mom's nickname. Does she know though?

Great post.

Kimberly said...

Kristi and Lorie,
At least have a three-day emergency supply of food and water, batteries and....legos. LOL.
It doesn't have to be the end of the world. It could just be a blackout or some other local situation. Better to be prepared. Weren't either of you a Girl Scout? :-)
I should talk. With my super duper pen-sized flashlight with five kids! LOL.

Kimberly said...

I literally just started watching them. Hence, the frantic scramble for emergency items. LOL.
And, yes, my mom totally knows about her nickname. People would say real loud, "Hey! Here comes Doom and Gloom!" Jokingly, but not a lot. My mom is crazy that way. Growing up, I remember her police scanner going at all hours super loud so that she'd know if anything important was going on. That's how she found out our teenage neighbor was involved in a drug deal. LOL. She's a piece of crazy work, my mom. I wouldn't have her any other way. Just wish the crazy had fallen a bit further from the tree. LOL.
Thanks for stopping by, Denny!

Kerri Carpenter said...

I really hope the world doesn't end on December 21 because I have some super fun plans with my BFF on December 22. I'd hate to miss that!

This week I need to start getting Xmas presents. Next week I'll ponder the end of the world! Merry Doomsday! ;-)

Kimberly said...

I hope your plans aren't interrupted by the Apocalypse. That would really suck.
Make sure you have enough alcohol and snacks to last through a few days at least. :-)
Merry Doomsday to you as well! LOL

Melissa Landers said...

Great post, Kim!

I'm one of those folks who doesn't pay attention to doomy-gloomy stuff. People have been predicting the end of the world since the beginning of the world. If civilization as we know it comes to a halt, I'll just show up on your mother's doorstep. ;)

Kimberly said...

I'm usually right with you! I didn't think twice about Y2K. I didn't worry about the religious fanatics predicting the end of the world. However, that Mayan calendar does make me antsy. :-)
And those darn shows don't make it easier. I wish I hadn't subscribed to National Geographic now. LOL.
But if something should happen, I'll tell my mom to keep an eye out for you. That totally wouldn't be cool to shoot one of my fellow YA bloggers. LOL.

Carlene said...

Hi Kim! Yes, hilarious and disturbing are definitely the words to describe this post. You have a fabulous brain to mouth connection and I love the stuff that you come up with.

That being said, I suppose it's okay for the world to end since I've accomplished my lifelong goal of being re-tweeted by Casey James.

Love you, mean it :)

Kimberly said...

Carlene! You crack me up with your stalking and pure love of Casey James. Once you've been retweeted, the rest of life is just gravy, huh?
At least grab some extra food and water. Who knows? Maybe Casey is prepping as we speak, and he'll be one of the survivors. I'm sure you'd find him again even in the middle of the Apocalypse. LOL.

Pintip said...

Lol, Kim! This post is hilarious. You aren't seriously buying all those things, are you? At Costco, you can buy a packing cube filled with non-perishable that's supposed to feed a family for the next ten years...for the cost of $3000. Or maybe I shouldn't have told you that?
I had to research survival in the wilderness for my last book and have some pretty good reference books on how to build fires, make soaps, build a hut, tan a hide, etc. etc. if the world does end, let's join forces, okay? You provide the supplies, and I'll throw in my reference books. Lol!

Kimberly said...

You're sneaky. You need to bring more to the table than books. Sorry. Plus, you'll be bringing three other mouths to feed and all. Just sayin'. :-)
If Antoine can still make mojitos, I'll rethink my position. But it would be kinda nice to hunker down with you during the Apocalypse. LOL.
I was just at the store and bought water and canned goods. And Cheerios. Because if the world ends, there needs to be Cheerios. And chocolate. There will definitely be a run on that. Stock up now! :-) Then I will let you share my mylar blankets.

Shelley Coriell said...

Not prepping for the end of the world, but you got me thinking, Kim. In my pantry sit MANY gallon jugs of water. Perhaps it's because we live in the desert, but I can't think of a time when we haven't had a stockpile of water. Weird, huh? Hugs and happy holidays!

Kimberly said...

Happy Holidays to you as well!
At least you have more water than I do. LOL. I only have five gallons for seven people. :-)

Unknown said...

I know everyone has been talking about it for awhile. (My 20 year old daughter's boyfriend who's a Marine, got her a survival pack for her birthday.)It's good to be prepared and with Hurricane Sandy and recent things going never really knows do they?

Still, people have talked about Armegeddeon since the beginning of time. We are still here. But if you take it in a literal sense, are we really the same? An eclipse to the ancients signified the end of the world, to others it was another disaster; Haiti's earthquake, Japan's last year, 9/11, they all had implications and changed how we look at the world in general.

I like to think the human race adapts to whatever is thrown at us. It changes us yes and is the end of a certain 'world' we lived in...could it be a symbolic thing?

As far as the Mayan Calandar, I think it ended because the guy who wrote it died and now one knew what he was writing about. Just my theory. :)

Okay, too much I know. :)
Prepare but don't let it dim the sharing and festivites of the season. "Party Likes It's 1999" or better yet... Party like it's 2012.


Kimberly said...

You crack me up. Thanks for the chuckle. We saw a funny comic that I'll have to send to you. It shows a Mayan guy holding up a round tablet and he says, "I only had enough room to go up to 2012." The other guy laughs, "Ha! That'll freak somebody out someday." LOL.
But, maybe he did die and didn't finish it. :-)
I'll still have a great Holiday season. I'm starting earlier just in case. LOL

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Ha ha! You're scaring me! Still, a hilarious post, Kim. I'm totally unprepared for Christmas and Doomsday.

One of my favourite Doomsday Preppers eps is the one where a woman took apart a door, stashed her packet soup stockpile inside and put it back together without her hubby knowing. (Well, he knows now.) I'd love to see a show that combines Extreme Couponers with Doomsday Preppers.

Happy prepping, happy stockpiling, and most of all, happy Christmas, Kim!

CareyCorp said...

Great post Kim! When it comes to 12/21 - I take the Charles M. Schulz approach: “Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

Plus, I'm going to Hawaii in March. It non-refundable, so if the world ends, I can't get my money back!

CareyCorp said...

Oh, And I'm pretty sure the world will be overrun with zombies before Armageddon, so rather than focusing on food and supplies, I'd ask Santa to bring the kiddies machetes and machine guns.

Kimberly said...

That's hysterical about the combo show Extreme Couponers and Doomsday Preppers. What would we call that? Prepping for Doomsday on a Budget? LOL.
I'm sure my mom has already cornered the market on that one.
I've only seen a couple episodes of the Preppers, but I would love to see how the woman hid the soup in the door. Is it really that much of a commodity? Soup? That's a riot!
Thanks for stopping by, Vanessa!

Kimberly said...

Have fun on your trip! I'm so jealous. :-)
The kids have already made their wish lists to Santa, but I'm going to see if I can get them to add a few key items to the bottom. Not sure how Santa would feel about the machete. Do the elves even make those?!?
Donovan is pretty handy with a bow and arrow. He's the only one of my five kids that would stand a chance against zombies. Several of them can't even go to the bathroom by themselves because they're afraid of Bloody Mary.
Zombies would definitely put them over the edge. LOL.

New Year said...

Mayans had to stop somewhere, right ? 21st Dec will be just another day, I'm sure. This may become an excuse for people who want to party like there is going to be no tomorrow ! And when they have to face the winter exams as in Kerala the next coming days, they'll know how foolish they had been. Chennaiites , I'm sure will keep praying in Kapaleeswarar Temple, which will be crowded I'm sure to find themselves facing an ordinary uneventful Dec 22. lolz. Happy Dec22, folks.