It is not Christmas.
We haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet.
We just finished Halloween!
Yet, I find myself surronded by Christmas.
First let me qualify this whole post. I love Christmas, I love holidays. But I am a one at a time holiday kind of gal. I may start looking for stuff now - but really my shopping doesn't really start until after Thanksgiving (granted I will not shop on Christmas Eve, did it once and learned my lesson).
I have a friend who starts decorating for Christmas on November first. She can't wait for Halloween to be over so she can start decorating. I was in CVS on Friday - they had her beat. They had Halloween and Christmas decor side by side.
New releases of Christmas music are coming out - it's all I heard about on the radio this morning.
And then I get here and there are all these Christmas lists - giveaways and such. I understand that giveaways can't be done at the last minute - and some of them are pretty awesome (The Five Fish has a whole month long series going on, and I did enter for some pearls, new shoes, and a kids kitchen set), but I'm just not ready for Christmas yet.
I want to enjoy the here and now. I love Halloween and we all got decked out in our costumes (pics of which will not upload for some reason). We are still eating the pounds of candy left over. We still have our Jack-O-lanterns outside.
Next week we'll start talking about Thanksgiving and the kids will start making turkeys out of hands at school. I'll make my thankful list - because at this time, we need to remember all the things we do have instead of what we don't.
And then later on- I'll go Christmas shopping - probably the day after Thanksgiving - it is the most wonderful time of the year you know!
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. ~Babatunde Olatunji