Today, November first, is the day that the pistons fire up in the high speed train coming at you full force called… “The Beginning Of The End Of 2017.” This time of year always goes by too fast. As soon as we take down the Halloween decorations, the race begins. Some retailers have been selling Christmas items for a few weeks already. (There should be a law against that.)
In the past, my tradition was to begin shopping for Christmas gifts on November 1, so I could be finished checking off my list by Thanksgiving. That way, I could focus on Christmas and enjoy decorating my home, baking goodies and creating the wrapping and tags for gifts. Not to mention, I needed to get some gifts in the mail.
Since the kids grew up and out of the house, you'd of thought the holidays would have gotten easier. There was no one to bake for, they stopped eating carbs and sugar anyway. I didn’t have to put a tree up because Santa wasn’t coming to put anything underneath it. I just wrote my offspring a check, that was really all they needed or wanted. The ones I didn’t visit with on Christmas Day, I visited via Facetime and that’s where the “Thank-yous” were shared since every one stopped sending written Thank-You cards; even though, I spent every day-after-Christmas sitting at the kitchen table making my kids write a thank you for each and every gift they received. OK. My rant is over.
My point is that you’d think things would have gotten easier, but they didn’t because I was restless. I still wanted to buy and wrap those gifts. I still wanted to bake with real sugar and flour and I still wanted to set up my Christmas tree even if only me and the hubby were going to see it.
Thank God for grandkids-- my holidays have a purpose again!
So, CHEERS to taking it slow and enjoying the ride over the next eight weeks.
Start your engines…
Kyle Ann Robertson
Chief Writing Officer at Ifcorkscouldtalk.com and BBWalsh.com