I’m not sure what it is about this particular November but it feels like it has been exceptionally long. That’s silly to say when today is only the 17th but it just feels like November has stretched out. Not that I’m bursting for December to come, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong; I love December. Sort of. Preparing for Christmas is always a lot of work, especially when you are penny pinching. As much as I love enjoying Christmas day, the prep work leading up to it can be daunting. Especially when I put a lot of pressure on myself to get it right.
I always have this list of things I want to do, things that seem important and if I don’t get to them, I’m disappointed. I wanted to make advent wall calendars this year for the kids; don’t know if that will happen or not. I am still finishing up homemade presents, though I’m in better shape this year than I was last year. I want to really deck the halls outside with lots of lights but that is easier said than done when 1) you are afraid of heights and 2) you live in a two story house.
This year has an added challenge (or opportunity, if you have a good attitude) because I’m spending half of each day homeschooling NR. We’re going to looking at different holidays, learning about Hanukkah and more about Christmas. We’re going to talk about the winter solstice and Kwanzaa and just generally be really cognizant of each day during December and what it means to different people. That means I have to have my act together. Not only do I have to have the information but the activities, stories and songs that go along with it. Yeah, that’s going to be challenging.
I could reduce the celebrating – forgo the Victorian high tea that I’m looking forward to, skip the local Christmas craft fairs, steer clear of the twinkling lights tours. Sure, that would free up a lot of time. But isn’t it the special stuff that makes December, well, special?
So I’m not rushing toward December but I am looking forward to it. November has always felt like a placeholder month for me anyway. Sure, Thanksgiving is there for we Americans but as soon as Halloween is done, I start looking toward the evergreen boughs and Santa hats. Anticipation is 9/10ths of Christmas anyway, in my book. No, I won’t get those stuffed “Twelve Days of Christmas” ornaments done in time for this year but maybe they’ll be ready for next time. I just need to keep reminding myself that Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect; we just need to be present and living in the moment.