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51 Days and Counting…

I read a post on facebook this morning from a woman who begins her Christmas decorating early in November! Of course, I can’t find that post to share when I now want it, so hear me out…

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The blogger commented that she found December to be more free, easy and enjoyable if all her decorating was completed in November. She makes a tradition of packing away the ghosts, goblins and jack o’lanterns and hauling out the holly every November 1.  The writer added that she DOES reserve decorating her Christmas tree with her grandchildren until after Thanksgiving!

I thought about this idea and it made some sense to me. I really enjoy the holiday seasons….both Thanksgiving and Christmas so I questioned, why not prolong the seasons and maybe even enjoy them MORE by beginning early?

It always seems that the first weeks of December just FLY BY…and the simple pleasures of the season become, too often, diminished and even overlooked when there is an endless list of “to do’s” nagging in our minds. People become exhausted and drained with the myriad of tasks that they face during the holiday season. By December 25th they are frazzled and stressed, unable to rest and are barely able to enjoy the holiday! Even though the busyness often stems from unrealistic expectations and obligations, we still dream and plan and yearn for those special holiday moments that will go down as the best in family and personal memories! We add just one more gift to buy, one more cookie to bake and one more tree to decorate, onto our already over-committed schedule, in hopes of creating that perfect holiday in our homes!

Nudged back to reality, I realize I’m dreaming and writing about the future, whilst around me remains some ‘end of summer’ work that still needs to be done outside! Lawn furniture to store, flower beds to clean out…and on and on. I’m reminded also that before Christmas goodies can be hauled out from storage, the fall decorations must be taken down and put away and…I’m not sure I want to rid my home of the beautiful colors, textures and scents of AUTUMN just yet!

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The facebook poster’s November 1st deadline has come and gone but her post this morning, at the least, has helped me consider the idea of how I can best create a “SIMPLE” Christmas season this year! I’ve concluded that it has less to do with WHEN I decide to ‘haul out the holly’ in my home and more to do with being aware of the opportunities that come before me, rising to meet each occasion well and savoring every moment of each day in my heart.

Here’s to making a simple and joy filled November!      

How about your plans for the holidays? Anyone else do their decorating before Thanksgiving?

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Listening to the rhythm of the falling rain…

A face book friend reminded me of this day’s weather in the year 2011. I was living in CT and I well remember receiving a rare October snowfall sometime near Halloween! I found a web site that shares weather history for any given date and my friend’s reminder was confirmed! Following is copied from WeatherForYou.com:

2011 – New York City received one inch of snow, the earliest they had received that much snow since records began. It was also only the fourth times since the Civil War snow had fallen in New York City in October. The storm also left over three million people without power including 62% of the customers of Connecticut Light and Power.

Today in central PA we are being deluged with rain, which I love to listen to and to watch. I went to church this morning but am now quite happy to be ‘holed up’ in my home relaxing and watching the rainfall.  I’m also VERY glad it’s not snow!

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Though it’s not April, this poem conveys my thoughts today.

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.

He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City.