I am one of those people that starts getting in the holiday mood right after Halloween. As the last piece of candy is given out, I am on my way to the stereo cabinet to get out a favorite CD of holiday music. And for some reason that annoys many other people. If I “like” a post about Christmas or mention that I am already shopping for my family people are absolutely up in arms because I am not appropriately honoring Thanksgiving.
I have to tell you, I just don’t get the big deal about Thanksgiving. For one day you stuff yourselves to the gills full of carbs and dessert then pass out on the couch pretending to watch football. At least that is how it was when I grew up. And I don’t think we should be thankful just one day of the year. That should be every day.
But the Christmas season at my house was full of magic!! It started with the Sunday after Thanksgiving at church. We lit the Advent wreath and sang hymns that we saved for 11 months of the year and brought out only now. We all knew them by heart and could sing harmonies without even looking at music. We went home that day to decorate the house and see ornaments that we made as toddlers. The mantle smelled of pinecones and candles.
Tradition is such a big part of Christmas. We baked and decorated cookies and gave them away to neighbors. We went through our closets and prepared bags of clothes and toys to be given to the less fortunate. We wrote Christmas cards to people that we didn’t keep see anymore but we wanted them to know we were thinking of them. Music was playing constantly.
Giving is such a huge part of why I like Christmas. I love to find gifts that someone will really love. Ask E, I like to give presents so much that I frequently can’t wait until the day we are supposed to exchange. Giving gifts is one way that I say “I love you” and I need for my family to feel that from me.
Christmas is a time where we spread joy! More charity work is done then. We focus on family and friends. We walk house to house singing just to spread cheer. We throw money in the bucket at the store. We forget about ourselves and think about others.
So what if it goes on more than a month? Does that really hurt anyone? Bring on the Egg Nog and let’s watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”. And a Happy Christmas to you all!!