I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit, even though it is only the middle of November. I know, it's early, but this fall has been extremely stressful in our family.Looking forward to Christmas sort of helps me forget all that. However, I don't want to pull out the tree yet, or put up the wreaths on the doors, so I am doing little things, without going overboard. I know that Christmas is totally commercialized, but that's not why I love it. I don't care about the presents. I hate the crowded shopping and circling around and around for parking. It drives me crazy that Costco gets their Christmas stuff out in August every year. That's sick.
But, I love the songs. I love the lights everywhere and all the candles. I love the smell of the baking. The food is so yummy. I love buying presents for people, especially when I find something that I think they will really love. My brother and his wife are coming home for Christmas, so my whole family will be together. The anticipation of Christmas is the best part. And of course, with two little boys in the house, I get to relive Christmas through the excited eyes of a child.
So, today I pulled out the Christmas candelabra. It's beautiful without being full-on Christmassy. During the next couple of weeks, I will pull out a couple more festive (subtle) decorations. But at the end of November, watch out...there will be no holding me back!