This week kicks off the holiday season, one of my favorite times of the year.
Soon our mornings will be greeted with snow-dusted sidewalks, frost-speckled window panes and that fresh smell that only frozen earth can bring to your nostrils.
We will start to get cards in the mail and they will start to pile up on the mantle. We will feverishly research online Christmas card coupon codes. Will this be the year we finally send them?
Subconsciously, we will drive 5 miles out of our way to avoid the mall or any road that goes near one.
Bright red ribbons and silver glitter will sudden adorn everything in sight.
No matter how far away we are from civilization we will hear that resonating dong-dong-dong from the Salvation Army bell ringers.
We will pay absurd amounts of money for strangely flavored cups of coffee (gingerbread? really?) to be handed to us by baristas in red aprons as we listen to indie-pop Christmas carols.
It’s a great time of year. It is also an easy this time of year to get overwhelmed, especially as a creative-type.
The need to find the “right” ribbon and the “right” wrapping paper and the “most-unique-ever” nametags is ever-present.
Martha Stewart taunts us from her holiday issue cover in the grocery aisle as she hangs her hand-painted reclaimed barnwood sled on the front porch next to her homemade icicle hand-etched lanterns.
“Are you actually buying pre-made pie crust?” she questions from the cover. “But I have this amazing recipe on page 87. You only need crushed almonds from Switzerland and unpasteurized buttermilk and paste from a Peruvian vanilla bean.”
I am glad that we have Thanksgiving to begin this joyous time of year. It’s a push in the right direction as we set our course for the holiday season.
Too soon we are swept away into the whirlwind of Black Friday – the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what I have? But I can get everything I want for 75% off!
Today I will be thankful.
I will be thankful that we dedicate a day just to remember all that we are grateful for.
Because, after all, “gratitude turns what we have into enough”.