One month till Christmas – yikes! Put that panic button away!
Amidst 9 – 5 work, household chores and writing (most favourite on that list) comes the realization of how the days are closing in on the big event.
Decorations are up at work and thanks to special elves on my own team who always come over and decorate my little corner spot, I came in Monday morning to see the first signs of Christmas on the floor. That was the first reality check. Since then there have been several this week. Our work place is glad to support the Salvation Army in their gift and food gathering efforts for the Christmas and holiday season and so plans are now underway to surpass last year’s generosity. Pam and I had a great day with others last year, helping out at the gift distribution centre sorting donations and marvelling at the generosity of kind-hearted souls who give so much to those less fortunate. Rumour has it that Pam has been called upon to lend a helping a hand and it will be great to see her at work again - she has a heart and flair for these activities, as well as a very 'motivating' attitude!
At home, I made a head start several weeks ago and ordered some special customized gifts for most of the adults on my list; they arrived safely last week and so I am able to cross off a huge chunk of names and breathe a little easier. All that remains are presents for the grandchildren and one or two other gifts.
Today, though, is “Deck the Halls” day. Plans are to get the tree up and all the surrounding decorations and then hopefully be able to sit back and enjoy them for the rest of the month! However there is one four-footed curiosity driven creature living here who might not allow for much relaxing. Last year, while he was still a kitten, Winston was found nestled fast asleep on one of the tree’s boughs mid way up it! Being a little heavier this year might not be so good for the tree – which will come out of its box later today and not from a parking lot.
Pam and I plan to meet again this Thursday for one last writing get together before Christmas. We are both very excited about where this newest adventure is going with Paul and Dorothy; new characters are on the scene and they will all have to dress very warmly! As well, meeting Pam will officially start Christmas gift giving for me as I have had her gift for several weeks now, just waiting to be wrapped and presented.
I put coffee on to brew before I started writing this morning and my nose tells me it awaits , the first of many today no doubt! Whatever you find yourself doing this week, if its Christmas related I hope its enjoyable for you. With this time of year comes a lot of frazzled nerves as well and those who work in bustling retail are no less prone to it...perhaps more so because they have to deal with the public all day long. We consumers at least can come home when we want and escape the fray. So try and keep a kind word and patient spirit as the order of the day for those who are in need.
Let the countdown begin!