I was just over at Bert’s blog, and she posted on Christmas and Santa, so this is all her fault (lmao)! I love love love the holidays; I always have, and if possible, I love them more each year, getting excited about it all, making lists (yes, checking them twice), spiking eggnog, and decorating everything that pokes or juts out, that has a smooth or flat surface, or in any other way lends itself to being draped or hung with something Christmas-y.
I was in CVS the other day, and one of the clerks said she’d taken two days off and come back to everything decorated for Christmas. Oddly, she didn’t sound pleased about that! I often hear people complain about the decorations going up right after Halloween, but I love it. So what if it suggests that Christmas is becoming more and more commercialized? I mean NOT selling Christmas stuff is not going to make people who don’t appreciate the true meaning of Christmas (whatever that is to each of us) suddenly appreciate it, right? Besides, who am I to tell someone else how they should think about Christmas?
Also, I really think that people are nicer at this time of year (or whatever time of year the Christmas decorations and stuff start appearing). I see more smiles, have more doors held open, and that sort of stuff. People seem lighter, a bit more happy somehow, and hum along with the Christmas tunes.People are more likely to start a casual conversation with you while you wait in lines.
Personally, I can adore all the gifts, baubles, roast beasts, songs, ribbons, papers, twinkling lights, and bows AND celebrate the spirit of the season from my spiritual perspective. Honestly, I have to restrain myself because I’m sure I’d start the whole season right after the Fourth of July!!
Me? Now I’ve got the warm and fuzzies, and singing my very own version of Jingle Bells, am dashing off to get some nutmeg for my eggnog . . . Cheers!