It's beginning to feel a little like Christmas, everywhere I go.
For someone who is still in shock that it is already November, the sight of Christmas trees, twinkling lights and nativity scenes is a little surprising.
I'm not complaining about the early onslaught of Christmas. (Last year, I remember I complained about Thanksgiving becoming the forgotten holiday.) This year, I am ready for Christmas. I am ready to trade in my red and yellow fall leaf decorations for my sparkly red and white ornaments. I am also ready to start wrapping Christmas presents and jamming the branches into place on my fake Christmas tree. (I need a fake tree because I find it necessary to put it up right after Thanksgiving.)
I have even gotten a head start on my holiday shopping. This past weekend I joined one my friends for a bus ride shopping trip to Clackamas Town Center. We practically wore the soles off of our shoes walking from store to store all day long. I can even admit that the next morning I was a little sore from all of the heavy lifting that comes from heavy duty holiday shopping. My friend told me she even had calluses on her hand from carrying her shopping bags.
And now that I've started shopping for Christmas presents I am having a very hard time stopping. I want to get it all done now that I've started. Just the other day it hit me how strange it is to want to get all of my shopping finished before Thanksgiving has even turned into a blip on the radar screen.
It's only the beginning of November and I already have a baking date set for holiday treats. I've even started asking my friends to keep a date open in December for my Christmas party.
I can't pinpoint why I'm in such a rush for the holiday season to arrive this year. Don't get me wrong, I have always been one to push the date, getting my holiday decorations up as early as is acceptable. But this is the first year I've been looking forward to Christmas since before Halloween.
Maybe orange just isn't my color this year. Instead, I'm eagerly awaiting the deep reds that come with Christmas. (Who would choose orange over red anyway?)
It's only November and I'm already beginning to pester my husband about getting Christmas lights up outside. Is that wrong? But if I don't start now, we'll never have pretty twinkling lights rimming the edges of the roof in time for the holiday.
So to everyone who thinks it's crazy to be so Christmas ready at this time of year, I apologize. But I will give you one concession, I refuse to work on my Christmas cards until at least the first week of December.