Anyone who knows me, knows I love, love, love Christmas with a capital L.O.V.E. Maybe it’s the luminous lights, the smell of fresh pine, decorations, the kindness people show to one another, the feeling of hope that’s in the air, the music (oh, the music) and the possibility of snow. Whatever the reason, this is my favorite holiday.
This year I noticed our community bypassing Thanksgiving. Our next-door neighbors Christmas tree was up at the beginning of November and another neighbor was putting their lights up. Decorations were scarce in stores. Fake flocked trees were out of stock (not the more expensive ones though). Even my husband insisted on putting our fake tree up earlier than usual. Although I didn’t want to rush through the season of Thanksgiving (and I haven’t), I also didn’t put up a fight to bring the Christmas bins in from the garage and sort through them while watching Hallmark and Lifetime specials.
When my family and I moved into our new home this spring the first thing we did was paint. I knew I wanted the fireplace to be white so my daughter and I literally stayed up all night painting until it was right. We had no idea it would turn out so perfect. Of course back then visions of Christmas stockings neatly placed across the mantle danced through my head. Today, they are a bright red, candy cane knit pattern hung over the fireplace with care just above strategically placed poinsettias and a soft, warm throw blanket.
All it takes is a little Christmas music and I’m in the decorating zone. One of my favorite Christmas songs (and I have many) is Christmas Time Is Here. Although there are many wonderful versions, the one at the top of my list is by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. No matter where I am when I hear it I inhale, close my eyes, exhale with a smile, slightly swaying from side to side slow dancing with myself.
With 2020 taking so much of what used to be I realize my community wasn’t bypassing being thankful, no, we are just trying to find a little normal, the consistency of the feelings Christmas brings; The feeling of hope, love, peace, and joy. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to break out the decorations, make cookies and eggnog, sing your favorite songs and once it hits you, share that joy with others. Don’t forget to brighten up someone else’s day.
Hope, love, peace and joy be unto you.