Deck the Walls!


And so it starts. The last few years I would have been busy prepping for the December open studios. Now, in the world of the internet I am spending time on the phone with tech support trying to get things all set up for holiday shopping! Not been a techie it is much tougher for me! Anyhow, now that I have spent 2 evenings on uploads and such, I have my selections up and the first of the holiday specials ready to go. I might be a bit early, but given that Thanksgiving is just around the corner I am betting I will blink and it will be mid December. And that is without any unexpected snowstorms!!

Walking in the woods on a snowy evening


Okay, maybe walking in the woods on a snowless Christmas evening is more accurate. It was close to 50 degrees today, unusually warm for December. A great day for getting out not just once, but twice on long walks. Though to be fair, when I went by the lake it was no longer a balmy 50, but a windy 30 something. The day was bright and beautiful, perfect for getting out and about to work off the Christmas breakfast, and be ready for the Christmas dinner. We have reached a stage in our house where there are no more new toys to occupy the time, or electronics to fiddle with. It is now the stage where doing something outdoors will be a bigger part of the day’s events. And that is okay, it is all part of children growing up, and new things starting. Yet, it is a change from Christmases past, the ones that linger in memory throughout life as “best”, when the wonder of Santa, and snowfall, and sparkling Christmas lights made it all seem magical. I remember the ones from my childhood, all white (well, all but 1 if I recall correctly), all exciting, and all full of holiday sparkle.

That is how it should be I think, giving us holidays to remember.

Back and forth


The weather has turned rainy and raw, should the temperature drop tonight there will be lovely ice everywhere for tomorrow’s commute. We seem to be on a weather see-saw, as if winter can’t quite summon the energy autumn all the way out of the picture. Gray days follow bright ones in a seasonal tug-of-war. The rivers and creeks are running full, and the snow has all but been washed away. If it weren’t for the Christmas lights it would feel more like November. but the holidays are creeping up, using the weather as a sort of diversion. All of a sudden it will be the final days with so many small things still undone. There will be only 1 tiny bit of wrapping paper left on the roll, no time left to mail cards and no interest in fighting to get forgotten gifts at the stores. Even the online world will cease to offer a fix. Then the idea will be…make cookies as gifts! Only to realize there is not enough flour or sugar in the cupboard. It seems to happen in some form every year, no matter how simple a Christmas is planned something falls between the cracks that had to get done. It must be the Bah Humbugs at work. I have seen their book and think they are up to their usual tricks.

I will need to be vigilant to not get humbugged.

The way of the holidays

navel gazing at Christmas

Now that “we” have “survived” Black Friday and Cyber Monday, (or Plaid Friday and Cider Monday for you local, small business shoppers) it would seem what is really needed is whole bunch less navel gazing at Christmas. When I hear about people buying 4 flat screen tv’s, or stampeding to grab “hot items” I just have to wonder if all that stuff has any real meaning, or is just an attempt to fill a bottomless hole. It seems like the holidays have become a never-ending battle to gain perfection and happiness through buying more and more, to please people through purchases, to charge the way to happiness, to call it saving in spite of the money going out. Can the wider view be seen when it is obstructed by an overfilled shopping cart? If we could watch several years of shoppers pushing their way into stores I wonder how many faces would appear year after year. Maybe I can get a federal grant, form a Congressional committee and subcommittee and study that and then enjoy the navel gazing of Congress once it is done!