It's no joke when people say on January 1st, only 364 days left before Christmas. We need to pay attention for snowy (for some of us) December, Christmas elves, wrapping papers and presents will arrive before we know what hit us.
For me, this month of the year requires more than one daily dose of vitamins, protein drinks, blood pressure pills and eggnog. There's the shopping blitz, usually reserved for the last week before Christmas followed by the wrapping frenzy accompanied by the hunt for Christmas music to play while slapping bows on gifts. It's the week of picking up the Christmas tree, letting it stand outside for a day which seems to attract murderous dark clouds filled rain. And always, the next day is dry and sunny but we can't leave it outside, too much to do, it has to go up today.
So I drag it through the mud room, kitchen, down the hallway to the family room leaving behind me a trail of needles that makes our ancient vacuum shudder. Sweating to get the tree stand to grip the trunk while our son who is supposed to be holding the tree steady, starts rocking to the sound coming out of his ear plugs.
And then the worst - the lights. The tangled, twisted heap of lights that takes an hour to unravel before the plugging in begins. A trip to a jam packed drug store for replacement bulbs follows. Finally, not being allowed to participate, I plop in the recliner and watch as the family takes over and begins to decorate in earnest and then it happens, a tingle of pleasure tickles my spine. Christmas is almost here. Life is good. Until next year this time.
I didn't mention the outdoor lighting as I like to keep my blogs clean, free of profanity. So readers, how about you? How do you get into the Christmas spirit?