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“Ready for Christmas?”

A Moment in My Life – Monday, November 9, 2020

My girlfriend, Iggy, festively decked the halls of her lovely abode over the weekend. She showed me photos of her creativity, and I couldn’t help but smile bigger and bigger and feel more and more excited that the holiday season is just around the corner. A month ago, I remember Iggy listening to Christmas songs on her radio, and at that time, I was nowhere near ready to entertain anything Christmas. Why not? I’m glad you asked. 

There was a simple reason, and it had nothing to do with me being a Scrooge. My reasoning was because I overdosed on Hallmark Christmas movies. You see, I joined the Hallmark family early last year as a means to have pleasant dreams after Mark passed. Once I watched the first movie, I became hooked. I moved into the Hallmark Channel, and I soaked up every movie I hadn’t seen. I so loved their Christmas in July because I got to catch up on the films I missed the previous Christmas. At that time, I could watch Hallmark Christmas movies forever. However, at the beginning of this year, I was just about all Christmas movie’d out. So, you see, by last month, oh no, I was still not ready for anything Christmas yet. 

You know, a few years ago, I met someone who loves holidays, every single one of them. She couldn’t wait until the holiday arrived before she began decorating. She blasted me away when she decorated for Christmas before Halloween. These days, it’s easy to do that since the stores seem to have a perpetual Christmas display. I guess it doesn’t matter the time of year for some people, but, for me, I like order. I prefer to have some structure, and I guess that means not taking the holidays out of context.

Although, with Iggy having decorated this weekend, I understand her thinking, and I agree with her. Because of Shelter in Place, she and her husband are working remotely. This is her way of bringing cheer to her environment. Oh, and did she? She did such a lovely job decorating her beautiful home! It sure does cheer up the place. 

I was this close to following her lead and decking my halls, too. Instead, I forced myself to sit tight and stick to my original plan not to decorate until after Thanksgiving. My rationale? Let’s enjoy one holiday at a time, and also, it has been a tradition in my family that we put up Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. If for no other reason, I will continue the tradition that Mark and I started together and wait for after Thanksgiving.

Recently the Hallmark channel aired their new Countdown to Christmas movies, and of course, you guessed it, I watched one, and it was like love at first sight all over again. I am hooked! I’m thrilled to realize that I’m over Christmas burnout, and I am so looking forward to decking the halls to usher in the Christmas season. 

Thanks to Iggy and Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas, I am getting excited and ready for Christmas. How about you? Are you ready for Christmas?

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