Stores around here and in so many places have been ready for Christmas since about a minute past Halloween celebrations, bypassing the Thanksgiving holiday entirely. We’re not dating ourselves (of course), but remember when Christmas preparations didn’t start until after Thanksgiving. Now, they display earlier each year. Soon, we expect to see holiday trimmings interspersed with shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear.
Far fetched thinking — hardly as this year, many retailers started Thanksgiving night sales which attracted lots of shoppers.
Not us — we’re not gift buying for ourselves. Yes, we shop for the grandkids, but not crazily. Other family members are also on our list, as are selected charities and local organizations.
Our tree is up and decorated. This year it’s an artificial one, which is a change as we’ve always had a “real” tree, but we may be travelling before or right after Christmas, so this one can remain until we return home. It was graciously donated by new neighbors when they heard we were planning to buy a small one. They already had a tree and found this one after moving in. It came with white lights; we added a string of multi-colored lights, some of our (many) decorations, and topped it with a small angel ornament as our 2 angel tree toppers were too large. We also set up a small nativity.
Holiday music is playing non-stop in our home.
Several Many pine-scented candles are lit nightly as we watch holiday movies from our collection; see any of your favorites here ? Yesterday, Grenville baked chocolate chip cookies for the Santa Train visit to Onley (more on that later). This week, I start writing holiday cards with personal messages inside. Sure, it’s time consuming and postage costs keep rising, but this is my seasonal extravagance and one that is really enjoyable on a personal level.
We will NOT be shopping at any malls — closest ones are 45 minutes either north or south. We avoided Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales AND we don’t regret missing those “great” deals.
What are YOU doing to prepare for the holiday, if observed ?