There. I said it.
I tried (gently) to talk about Christmas trees with my husband on Sunday. He gave me the “you’re nuts” look that I adore and said Christmas trees should go up in December. I argued that they should be up before Thanksgiving. He insists I made that up. Did I? I don’t think so. Regardless, we’ve been married over a decade and the tree has always been up before Thanksgiving. So it will be this year, too.
There are many reasons why I should be dreading the holidays. I have soooo much to write before they arrive that I panic when I think about it. *shudder* The economy is bad, money is tight, it’s hot as hell where I live, and my state is burning down around me. At times, everything seems so dire and depressing.
Then, I look at my children–who are blissfully ignorant of it all–and they remind me of the magic of the season. It’s so simple really. We all know the holidays aren’t about traveling or shopping or cooking (although I mostly enjoy all of that.) What I’m really looking forward to is cuddling on the couch with my kids and watching all the Christmas shows from my childhood–Rudolph and Baby New Year and Frosty–and thinking about how, when I watched the same shows at their ages, I never thought about watching them decades later with my own kids. I’m looking forward to having my mother here and good food in the kitchen that I’ll nibble on all day. The gathering of family is something I love so much. I want to put the tree up, get the poinsettia china out, and hang stockings on the fireplace mantel just to hurry all that along some. Silly, I know. Time can’t be rushed.
Because of the bad economy, I’m planning on heading out to the mall and other stores to buy gifts. Money needs to circulate if our economy is to recover. Retailers are working overtime on sales/specials to lure me to spend, and I will. I’ve been checking out all the coupons and buy-one-get-one-free deals. I’m definitely buying books, as always. Last year, I bought my sister a collection of feng shui books. (reminder to self: see if she used them…) I will be shopping smarter, though. I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears open, taking notes on what family members really want. I won’t be buying anything frivolous this year, but I’ll still be buying.
What will my hubby say if he comes home to find the Christmas tree up in the living room tonight? Maybe he’ll give me that look I love…
Am I the only one champing at the bit for the holidays to come? Is there any dish you’re especially looking forward to? (For me, it’s sweet potato pie–the buttery, brown sugary, covered-in-candied walnuts delight.) Will you be shopping this year? Will you be traveling? And tell me: if you put up a tree, do you wait until after Thanksgiving?