I know that many of you may think it is too soon for Christmas. Some love the count-downs and telling us how many days until whatever holiday. I do love advent calendars, but I don’t like to know that I only have so many days to get things done. That kind of stresses me out.
However, I do like the Season and it seems to start earlier each year, but really its the autumn season starting early September and then Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once Halloween is over, we have more of a Thanksgiving Christmas.
I love it. I get to prepare for both. I love all the extra items that come into the stores when the holiday’s are around. I went into a couple of stores today. One was even playing old fashioned Christmas music and I love it. I am kind of an old-fashioned girl.
Christmas is only one day, but takes so many to prepare for it. I have always been a early shopper. In fact, I have some things wrapped. I used to have everything done by September, but then I only had me to worry about. Now things aren’t as simple and I have so much more to worry about in my life.
Why do I do this? Its part of who I am. I like to be prepared. I have always had a gift closet too, with great gifts to give out. But for awhile, I stopped doing it and tried it the other way, but it always made me a little more panicked and not able to enjoy the season.
I love preparing for it and I come by it so naturally. My mom always did the 12 days of Christmas and she made everything. She started in January right after Christmas. She did crafts and made some of the best things. That is a part of Christmas that I miss. Even though we took things out every night, it was so much fun to get into the spirit of Christmas and share with others.
Years later, hearing their stories about when my mom took them something reminds me that she always did that. Even for us. We were always making something to take to school for our classes or our departments at work. I loved it and it helped me get into the spirit of things. After my mom passed away, it wasn’t the same and it still isn’t, but we have to make our own celebrations.
We have to do what makes us happy. So shopping early and wrapping early makes me happy. I love looking at all the fun things at the stores and listening to the Christmas music even if it is early. It helps me enjoy it just a little longer. After all what is Christmas really about….. Its about the baby Jesus and the gifts he gave to all.
So if I do it early, for me it gives me more time to celebrate and think of all my Savior did for me. I get into the secrets of preparing fun gifts, of getting things for people that mean a lot to them. Those are the simple pleasures of Christmas and the love of the holiday season. When we buy or make a gift for someone, we are doing it out of love and we are excited to see if they like it.
Whether you do Christmas one day or through several months, do what makes you happy. Have a wonderful Holiday!