I wrote a long blog on this a few days before Christmas but somehow lost it. Now, that’s sad. Going to just summarize what I had written because I’d like to end my Christmas meanderings with this.
It seems I start getting in the Christmas mood as soon as the weather turns brisk. Halloween, as much as I love it, holds the promise of Christmas just around the corner. Thanksgiving is getting pinched in between these two holidays and I hear it on many lips that will soon disappear off the charts. It is certainly falling into a “lesser holiday”, although, I think it will always remain an open invitation for families to gather and have a feast.
I anticipate all the traditional Christmas things very early on in the fall and start planning at that time. I usually have all my shopping done, letter ideas of the past year in my head and various other plans.
It’s funny though. By the time Christmas was a few days away still, I felt like it had already happened! I was pretty much done with it before it even came. Of course, if there are kids still at home, this would never happen.
As Shakespeare says and it fits perfectly here: “All things are, with more fervor chased than enjoyed.” Yep! The fun is in the mind’s anticipation of the thing!
As a parting thought, my husband and I both got sick on Christmas Eve. We made it to a wonderful dinner at my daughter’s home but our plans for Christmas Day were totally wiped out. This included an open house at his son’s with many of his local kids there, then a trip to Vegas to visit my son and family then a round about way home to stop and see my daughter in a rural area then home.
I was SO looking forward to all of that. We just barely opened our gifts to each other last night. “Life is what happens when we are making plans for something else.” JL