I am already listening to Christmas Music. And I don't care what you say about it!! I just loooooove Christmas music - new, old, traditional, new arrangements and renditions. And I have waaaaay too much awesome christmas music to limit it to just December. And yes, I've already started watching Christmas movies. I just can't help it. When the first cold and blustery day comes upon us, I get all giddy and in the spirit. November and December are my favorite months and all my favorite things are coming up. Starting early does not ruin it, does not lessen my enthusiams or dampen my spirit when Dec 25th comes around. Actually, its just the opposite - it enhances it all. Because I don't limit the Christmas season to just December, and in fact, I extend it, my December is much more relaxing, much less stressful, and much richer. December then becomes about enjoying what I love - the movies, the parties, the wrapping, the quality of all the traditions - because I'm not running around shopping, and decorating and writing my cards. I can linger over cards, pics and letters I receive because I'm not hurrying getting my cards done. I can enjoy all 25 nights admiring my tree because its already up and decorated. And I even have time to drive around and enjoy other people's lights and decorations. And most importantly - I can quietly and realxing-ly rest in the true meaning and the real gift of the season - the birth of our Lord and Saviour. I don't know where I heard it or read it, but I keep recalling someone pointing out that Joseph and Mary were not all in a tizzy preparing for teh birth of their son, THE SON OF MAN. Nope - they were doing regular, every day things, mundane tasks such as going for the census. I mean, really, who in the world is going for the census on Christmas Eve? can you even fathom that in today's world? But that's what they were doing when their precious son arrived and brought the most important gift of all - himself.
Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year folks!
Okay, okay, okay - I promise to hold off putting up the tree and decorating until Thanksgiving weekend at least.