Saturday, September 28, 2013

What Holiday Should I Concentrate On?

This is the time of year when a couple of conflicting waves begins to build within me. It's officially autumn, one of my favorite times of year, but...just barely. Halloween is only a month away, but I usually don't start to think seriously about Halloween until a couple of weeks beforehand. Thanksgiving (okay, this is regional) follows less than a month after that, but I really don't think about Thanksgiving much until it's almost upon us.

And then there's Christmas.

Yes, I know. It's so far away, but the thing about Christmas is that it involves a lot of prep work. So if you're going to make gifts, you have to begin early. If you have a lot of people you're gifting and you're not making gifts, but shopping, you don't want all those transactions to show up on a single credit card bill. I like to stretch it out, to pick things up as I find them. I like to donate to charities I've missed earlier in the year, so I've already started making lists of the ones I don't want to forget. That means that Christmas starts earlier than I'd really like it to.

So while I'm loving the autumn leaves (or, if you live on the other side of the world, you might be enjoying the flowers?), and while I'm slowly adjusting to the shorter days, the cooler days and anticipating bowls of hot soup and apple cider, and doing all those other autumn things (watching American style football and enjoying pumpkins, crisp evenings and cozy nights reading or watching the new television series), I'm also starting to gear up for Christmas (sorry, Thanksgiving).

So most of the time right now, I'm thinking autumn. I'm enjoying the season we're currently experiencing, because I love all the seasons, especially autumn. But now and then I take a few minutes to start getting ready for the holiday to come. I begin to gather my Christmas-themed books, take a stab at making lists, occasionally cruise the internet looking for craft or gift ideas and I allow myself to enjoy the slow but joyful slide toward that still distant holiday. Because a slight touch of early Christmas here and there is rather nice. It's a whisper of the fun to come, a reminder of just how much I love Christmas.

Still, there's one thing I'm not ready for yet: Christmas songs in stores. That will have to wait.


Laney4 said...

Thanksgiving isn't such a big thing in Canada as it is in the US. Christmas is our big event of the year.
That being said, I just made reservations at a local restaurant for 25 people in November - for our annual family get-together. We used to call it our family Christmas and hold it in our homes, complete with Santa bringing presents for our kids. Now, though, there are grandkids and great grandkids, too many people for a home (THEY say - I'm going back to having it in my home once my MIL can no longer join us, as she can't handle our steps every hour to the washroom and refuses a commode), and no longer "Christmas" so no more Santa.
The important thing is that we all get together, as we have done for over 25 years now. Hopefully this tradition will continue for many more years to come.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, that sounds like a wonderful tradition!

Mary Preston said...

For me it's just plain sailing through to Christmas. No Halloween or Thanksgiving here. After my daughter's birthday in August I actually start planning for Christmas. It's fun when you take your time to enjoy.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, good point on taking time to enjoy the preparations for the season! I think that's the secret to making the holiday special.