So far this year, I have been in a bah-hum-bug! mood regarding Christmas. There are no Christmas lights outside. Bah! The tree isn't up. Hum! It got really cold! Bug! For the past few years, the delights of Christmas haven't been so delightful, and this year, well, Bah! Hum! Bug!
I've been shopping! Yuck! I've been driving in the ice and snow! Yuck! And now, there are only 19 days left until Christmas. Oh, my goodness! What was I thinking? All of a sudden, there are Christmas cards to send, a Christmas letter to write, baking to be done, cleaning to be finished, a tree to be put up and decorated! What was I thinking?
I feel like I just woke up from a deep coma to see the freshly fallen snow and to feel the icy whip of the wind on my face and wonder, where was I all this time?
What changed everything? I'm not sure that it was just one thing. The snow fell today, and I took a picture. My dog posed for me in his antlers. I received a secret santa gift in the mail. I called a store to question why I didn't get my santa dollars on the gift certificate that I bought, and the store manager said that he would try to get them for me. I don't know. Maybe it's just that people are trying harder now. Maybe, in spite of the rudeness and crabbiness, there's a part that says, it's just the stress of the holidays. Be glad that you don't have that burden. Maybe, it was just time to wake up and smell the pine and remember and live each day to the fullest. I'm not sure.
People will be the same after Christmas. The snow will fall again and again and again. I think I just don't want to wake up and say anymore, "Where was I all this time?" In spite of the cold, I want to feel it on my face. In spite of the wind, I want to be able to say, "Dang it all that was cold." In spite of the hurry and stress, I want to say, "It's almost over." Like the ground, I don't want to glaze over and wait for the thaw. I want Christmas now! It's time to get going. There are cards to write. There are presents to buy. There is a tree to decorate. It's too icy to put out lights now, but that's okay. The neighbors did a great job decorating the neighborhood! It's time to celebrate! December 22nd will be the longest night of the year, after that, more light will creep into our days. I can hardly wait! Now, it's really Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.