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Oh How I Love Christmas

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(Just a little something to listen to while reading this post, if you choose.  One of my new favorite Christmas songs this year)


I am quite often in awe at how quickly time passes… and even more so at the holidays. But really… did December fly by shockingly fast for anyone else?  I CANNOT believe that it is already December 20th and that Christmas is in FIVE DAYS.

The Christmas spirit starts whispering in my ear each year around the end of September, and I get the urge to play Christmas music and see twinkling lights all through Halloween and Thanksgiving.  But I tried really hard this year to keep the my holiday enthusiasm at bay until it was actually December.   And though it took us half the month to decorate our little three foot tree… I am now thrilled to death to be basking in the glow (to borrow the phrase from my friend Megan) of colored lights and an ornament collection that builds with each year.  And a certain little babe is rather captivated by the lights as well.  I can’t wait until next year when he’s a little older and more able to enjoy all the Christmasy goodness that I love.

I’ve been a bit of an absent blogger this month… save for a couple photo posts.  But December is a month that demands so many activities!  As much as I wanted to chronicle all of the events of the month… I was caught up in living them!  There was cocoa to drink, gifts to dream up and wrap up, decorations to make, trees to decorate and recipes to try.  There were holiday parades, Christmas parties and last minute Nutcracker tickets to take advantage of.  And of course all of this had to be done amongst the everyday routine of  little Mason’s needs. And while I know that a lot of people are eager for the holiday season to be over and done with, and while there were some days that the business has left all three of us tired and cranky by the end of the night… mostly it just leaves me wishing Christmas lasted at least a couple of months! (I might have to start thinking about Christmas in November next year… sorry babe)

So…. since I think it would stress me out to try and recap in any detail… here are some snapshots of our month.  Our delicious, cozy against the (Santa Barbara version of) cold, cocoa sipping, Christmas onesie wearing, crafting, lovely, occasionally jarring, jam-packed month:

A post on the actual day of Christmas soon to follow.  Hope everyone had as lovely a time as we did!

And yes… there is snow blowing across the page 😉


2 responses »

  1. Christmas IS a great time, Elaine. In the hustle and bustle of that special and significant time, there are also oportunities for time-outs for being thankful and even time for reflection and small bits of relaxation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the joy and care you bring into your home. Jack

  2. Mom and Dad Watson

    We’re in St. Louis washing dishes and Gma Gable came running into the kitchen. ‘I’ll do the dishes’ she says. ‘Come see what Elaine put up with pictures THIS long’. She was right. Homemade ornaments, cute outfits, the whole works. Really fun. Can’t wait for pictures with Arkins too. Love, Linda


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