Saturday, November 15, 2008

Contemplating Christmas Again

Okay. If I truly examine my feelings I actually do like Christmas. Shopping at craft sales was fun today. I enjoyed spending time with my mom and sister, and the holiday displays were quite pretty. For the first time this year I actually started looking forward to Christmas.

Here are a few things I like about the season:
  • Festive light displays
  • Baking cookies and treats
  • My nativity set
  • Homemade gifts (to give or receive)
  • Country cottage-type decorations
  • The scent of evergreens
  • Singing carols
  • Dressing the children in cute clothes
  • Christmas candles
  • Visiting with family we don't see often
  • Receiving cards, letters and pictures in the mail
I think if I can keep my lists under control I'll be okay. I plan on avoiding the mall. Today I realized this will be the first Christmas in a long time where I'm not pregnant or nursing a small baby. My energy levels are quite good these days. Perhaps this Christmas will feel less exhausting! I also remembered that last December was very hard for our family --- we all caught a vicious flu and then my grandfather died before we were completely recovered. The Christmas season was sad and overwhelming last year. I think this year will be different.

Ben and I may even buy a real evergreen tree this year. (I saw some gorgeous quilted tree skirts at the craft sales today.) Today I started to feel excited about decorating our new home for the holidays. I have a beautiful Willow Tree nativity set. This summer our local Christian bookstore went out of business and I bought all the extra pieces for my nativity scene. I'm looking forward to arranging everything along the fireplace mantle.

1 comment:

The Nilsen's Journey said...

I also agree...I like to avoid the mall. One of the reasons I enjoy completing my shopping early. I get to avoid the rush, the stressed customers, & oddly the pressure to buy "one last gift".

You know one thing I enjoy about Christmas that isn't very common anymore...carolers. The ones that come to your door....

Thank you for all you did for us last year during the Christmas season - especially despite all you guys faced! I will never forget your kindness you showed us all!!