Every day I title a post for this series I think to myself: "Is it seriously day (insert day here)!?" Where are the days and weeks going!? Goodness... we're almost halfway through November... and a week and a half until Thanksgiving.
Wait, what!? One week... and a half?
Oh gosh... so that means we're just nearly a month away from Christmas. WE'RE NEARLY A MONTH FROM CHRISTMAS!
So, I started my Christmas gifting today. Like... thinking about it....but really more like imagining the gifts I would create/buy/find for my friends and family. Yea... holy crappers! A month away!
Is it acceptable to give everyone jars of jelly beans?
Then I thought about how last week it was seventy degrees and the leaves were orange and I was hot... and today I had a runny nose, cold fingers and I was wearing that wonderful wool coat my mother in law gave me a few Christmases back.
Oh yea... Christmas. IS NEARLY A MONTH AWAY! And Thanksgiving is nearly a week away.
To be honest, I just love Thanksgiving... and I really love Christmas!
It'll be perfect...as long as I don't waste these days and weeks that I have left to prepare for my favorite holidays.
Better get to planning. And baking. And creating!
...and buying jellybeans.
In spite of my angst for time slipping away, I absolutely ADORE the holidays. I couldn't look at the Christmas Story in the bookstore today without getting teary... and if I even imagine Christmas morning with all the sweets and hugs and giddiness, it inadvertently brings a smile to my face. I love the anticipation. I love the process of preparing.
As I figure out my dishes for this Thanksgiving (that we're spending with Miss Katie and her sweet family!), I hope to focus on the love and graciousness in my own life. I hope to focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving and be intentional about that. I hope to share the joy I've been given with those whom I care for deeply .
This week and next, let's be intentional about planning and yet be more intentional about why we plan.