I swear I saw Christmas decorations on the shelves in October right next to the Halloween costumes. Before I could stay “pass the stuffing,” it was Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and half the neighbors already had their decorations up outside!
Yesterday we had quite the snow storm and today that blanket of snow ( a foot in some spots) looks like a Christmas card. It reminds me of how I made the decision to downsize Christmas last year, or, more to the point, downsize my expectations about Christmas. The older and, hopefully, wiser I get, the more I search for quality over quantity and that goes for my experiences as well as my possessions. The beauty in that scene outside of my window says more to me about what can be a beautiful holiday experience than a bargain on something that will be tossed to the side or broken within a week.
Last year I bought a sweet little artificial woodland tree and decorated it with handmade ornaments and small, cherished keepsakes. As the grandkids get older and develope more in the way of hobbies and interests, I keep my eyes open throughout the year to find just the right thing for them rather than what they see all of their friends coveting. I don’t make as many gifts as I used to due to the arthiritis in my hands, but I do what I can. The older kids get gift cards that will provide them with an experience when I can find it (and some nice, warm, new socks just because that’s what Grandmas do). For my own adult girls, who will always be little girls in my heart, I try to find something that speaks to who they are. Every gift is thought out with love and not purchased out of guilt.
Now my Christmases are once more filled with the love and joy of the season that I remember from my childhood instead of the stress and frenzy of its poor commercial replacement. When we get together to make cookies this year, my daughter’s house will be filled with love and joy along with those good cookie smells that tell anyone passing by that this home is filled with the Christmas spirit.
This week over on the Home Page, our assignment will ask us to find a cherished holiday tradition that needs to be brought back, or an idea for a new one. As always, have fun with it and remember to just keep writing.
Peace and blessings.