Hello December!! I love a new month. The flip of a calendar page just gives me a “fresh start” feeling. A mental reset – of attitude and perspective. Of course, flipping the calendar to December brings its own kind of excitement as well. I have already seen some snow and the flannel sheets are feeling just wonderful lately. The countdown is on for Jordan’s trip home and a few other holiday events are on the calendar as well. Christmas is in the air:) And time for a look at things “Currently” in December – a monthly link-up with Anne. Let’s get started. Currently, I am
DECORATING – cue…” it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas“! I started my decorating yesterday and will finish up this morning. It takes two days – not because I have too much but I apparently am not as young as I used to be. Goodness, but I ran out of gas last night. But I’ve tucked a few of our favorite things here and there. We are two old people – but the decorations do make our hearts smile. Last year we did a purge and fine-tuning of our Christmas things. Opening the bins this year has been nice. Just the things we really enjoy and not a lot of “stuff” we have to rummage and sort through. I also made a nice junk of change at the consignment store last month – which also makes my heart happy:)
FEELING – rather on top of things – holiday-wise – right now. As I mentioned, it is just the two of us. Remove school commitments and the extra activities when you have children, and we no longer have work schedules to juggle and well, the holidays may look different but they certainly are not stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I so enjoyed all the extra holiday events, excitement, travel, parties, planning, and joy when my kiddos were young, but this season of life has its perks as well! We really enjoyed our Thanksgiving out of town – just the two of us. It was a change of tradition but I think it could easily become a new tradition. Right now, I’m all about new traditions. We (as a family) have a couple of new ideas for this Christmas as well. We will see how they go….but I’m rather excited about the idea of some new. New traditions. New gifts…..:)
SENDING – nothing. Oh boy. (Maybe I should simply skip the prompts for which I really have no answer.) But we do not send Christmas cards. I really do not understand the whole Christmas card concept, but that’s just me. We also do not have any gifts that have to be mailed or otherwise delivered. Sorry Amazon. Everything is gifted in person…which I love. For multiple reasons.
SMELLING – the best hand-poured soaps – in holiday scents – that I recently bought at a local Christmas bazaar. They are amazing. I also have some essential oils that I love this time of year, and a few candles but I enjoy my diffuser much more. There are so many “scents of the season” to enjoy but peppermint is my favorite. Classic, I know, oh but I love it. In oil blends. In lotions and soaps. In my tea – yum – or in cookies. Oh, and in CFA milkshakes. Just sayin.
WRAPPING – nothing yet. I have everything I need to get this chore done – and this is definitely one thing I consider a chore – and every evening I think I will knock out, at least, a few boxes while I watch a Hallmark movie. But it doesn’t happen. I have no excuse but it does beg the question: what is up with the Hallmark movies? They have been wildly disappointing. I’ll just leave it at that but we could definitely use some suggestions for holiday classics to try. Any suggestions?
Hate to close this on a negative note. No whining in December. But I would love to know how you are feeling as this new month starts and all thoughts turn toward Christmas. How did you keep your heart in check and your focus where you want it to be? I always look forward to your comments. And check out the rest of the “Currently” posts here. Here’s to a beautiful, joy-filled month ahead!!