He’s makin a list…

and checkin it twice!

Hopefully in my absence everyone has become festive and ready for the holiday season. No matter what you celebrate, if anything….this time of year is wonderful! Is chilly outside, the air is crisp, my dogs even get a little bug in their butt when they go outside! Everything is decorated so beautifully, everything smells wonderful and most of us get time off work for something or other!

 

I and my family celebrate Christmas and all its glory. We believe in Santa and reindeer and Christmas magic as well. I do not agree that Santa takes away from Jesus – he’s a completely different entity of Christmas and if you are not secure enough in your faith to celebrate Jesus and believe in Santa then I’m sorry  – you’re missing out!

We don’t even have any small children right now and yet we still write Santa a letter and leave cookies out every year!! We believe in Christmas magic and we love it! The house is covered in decorations and it’s beautiful – well except for the Griswold tree in our living room.

The tree was gorgeous on day 1 and 2 and maybe 3. Then the cat started to climb it, swat it and sleep in it. Then the dog started to remove any ornaments in his reach and eat them. Then the strands of lights slowly started to go out, 1 by 1 until only the bottom portion of the tree is lit. *sigh*  That’s the Griswold life. The half with ornaments is dark and the half without them, is lit.

With the tree thing aside, the house is beautiful and ready, we’re festive and ready, Christmas music plays, we’re all shopped out, we’ve made our lists and delivered them to Santa. We’re ready for the big man to pay us a visit.

I love to give more than to receive. The receiving part is nice but not as nice as the smiles on my loved ones faces as they peel away the paper and see what lies beneath. It’s a blessing that I can provide those smiles on their faces. I know others in our world cannot. I don’t let that go unthought on Christmas. I’m thankful. I had a Christmas wish months ago, unfortunately, Santa cannot fulfill this one for me (unless I move to 34th street by Sunday morning) but I know, with that aside, I will still have a wonderful and perfect Christmas day celebrating with my favorite people in the world!

How about you? Did you make your list, have you been good? When Santa checks, are you naughty or nice?

Let’s vote in a new Sad Clown

Clowns. A lot of people have a fear of clowns. I’m not afraid of them but I typically find them annoying and a little creepy as well.
There is a sad clown that’s quite a famous clown and you see pictures of him everywhere:

Do you recognize him? He’s like the billboard for a sad clown.

I think we should change the billboard sad clown to a new representative of sad clowns. I saw the clown that’s perfect for the job the other day. I like this sad clown way better:

What do you think? We could start a world-wide petition!

It’s the holiday season…

With a Whoop-de-do!! Ahhh yes, the holiday season has arrived. Well actually the corporate who-ha’s forced it to be the holiday season about a month ago but I tried to ignore that. As the Halloween candy went on clearance, the Christmas candy moved its way onto the shelves. I even saw Jolly Ole St. Nick make his way into our malls before Thanksgiving!

Personally our County fair kicks off the holiday season for me. It has something to do with the smells and the lights and the thrills. It’s great and I love that it comes through town in November. However, that doesn’t mean I want to head out to visit Santa the next day at the mall. It means I want a chance to see some fall colors, and silly turkey decorations and I want to anticipate Thanksgiving and stress about cooking and cleaning for family. Our chance to really enjoy Thanksgiving and it’s meaning with family is getting smaller ad smaller.

I feel more pressure about the holiday’s instead of slowly enjoying myself. Everything seems to be about the stores making more and more money and the real world doesn’t seem to have enough of it. I find it taking longer and longer to find my Christmas spirit. So far this year I have purchased zero gifts. I have started to decorate the house though and am really hoping the ABC Family 25 days of Christmas will give me the boost I need.

Does anyone else feel this same holiday pressure? It’s horrible and not festive like I want it to be. I know that nothing will ever top the anticipation we had as children where every day leading up to Christmas break was soooo long and every day and night thereafter drug on and on as well until finally Christmas eve arrived – possibly the LONGEST night of the year! I know nothing will top that as an adult and the holiday spirit is just different. But it’s there even as adults. It’s different for each adult. Perhaps you love time with friends or family. Or maybe it’s the excitement you see in your children’s eyes. Either way – it’s there and present but with each passing year it seems as though it’s less and less.

I blame corporate. Who decided to make Christmas a 3 month-long holiday? Stop rushing me into Christmas and just let me enjoy the season. It’s not all about Christmas. There is an entire season to enjoy here people!!! Back off and let me live it!