Didn't December used to be a whole month away from Thanksgiving?
Christmas was forever away. A forever of waiting and imagining and
anticipating? A forever of school days until a forever of vacation?
And Christmas took forever to arrive? What happened?
Now December is the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday announces it
with a horn blast. Only four weeks until Christmas! Only four weeks
to plan, shop, decorate, send cards, buy gifts, wrap gifts, mail
gifts, bake cookies, bake gingerbread, and summon up the spirits of
Currier, Ives, and Christmases past.
I've simplified, simplified, and simplified but somehow the
approaching holiday still seems intimidating. Thus the growl that
arose deep in my throat when the spousal unit cheerily announced
"Christmas Music" yesterday and attempted to fill the house with
holiday tunes. I hereby promise to try and develop some seasonal
cheer. But not for another couple of weeks!