Did someone steal my Christmas Tree?
Nahhh....but they might as well have. I do not know what it is this year, but it was the 17th and we had a tree up...it was naked as a jaybird but it was up. Our Christmas decorations were out.
We have two darling little girls who will enjoy the sparkle of Christmas, heck I enjoy it too...but this year, that week I felt tired. Maybe it was all that jeans shopping that did me in. Maybe it was the two batches of iced sugar cookies I unfortunately ate all by myself.
Let's not mention the freakishly ugly gingerbread men that followed. Or the ones that didn't make the cut.
My heroic husband did most of the decorating this year. Once our tree was decorated and our other festivities were strewn about the house I did feel more Christmas-y.
Until I tried to pull a Norman Rockwell moment with my Family Circus family and sat near the tree to open the stack of Christmas cards and drink eggnog. So you know with a one year old and a two year old how that went. You know I should have had brandy in that 'nog.
The great news is most of our presents are not just purchased but wrapped as well. YEAH!
And I am still struggling a tiny bit to catch the Christmas spirit (We've had no snow, to start with.....Christmas RAIN? WHAT?) But...the story of Christmas, The cross behind the X in X-mas, the tiny baby who brings light to the world does always stir my heart.
If you really consider having a baby in a barn. Wrapping him up in (Hopefully clean) blankets and putting him in a feeding trough....how humble and dirty and low it all was.
Love came down at Christmas. Even without a tree, presents or fake Santa Claus beards.
And that Love remains.
Is anyone else behind, frenzied, what have you? Any suggestions on catching the spirit? What is one special and unique to you ritual do you enjoy this time of year?