Saturday, December 12, 2015

Waiting for Christmas

I have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I think there have been several factors related to this. My girls have grown up and there are no longer endless opportunities to dress them up in Christmas clothes and have little photo shoots. The current political situation is both depressing and alarming and I find myself repeatedly lost in thought about refugees or gun violence or the hateful rhetoric spewing from the mouths of presidential candidates. And the weather has been ridiculously warm, which is lovely but doesn't put me in the mood for Christmasy activities. I put the tree up last week and most of the gifts have been purchased, but that's all I've really managed. So today I decided to spend the day on Christmas preparations and hope the spirit of the season would fill me.

It was in the 70's and balmy, but overcast all day so at least it looked like Christmas. I put on Christmas music and shopped for stocking stuffers and wrapped presents. The girls have been busy with our favorite Christmas tradition, their daily Good Deeds. They'd fallen behind, so we made cards and ornaments together.
We also made dipped pretzels. The girls always love doing this and we have fun telling stories about past years' pretzel making. (When Rachel was 2 she was so enthusiastic about shaking sprinkles that she smashed the pretzels and gummed up the shaker!)

The sight of all of those well-decorated treats always makes me happy.
Tonight be went caroling at the local Light Parade with friends from church. It was a balmy 65 degrees out, so no one had to worry about being cold!

The parade itself was delayed a few minutes while a brief thunderstorm moved through! We sought shelter in the entryway to a store and laughed at the absurdity of thunder and lightening in December. After ten minutes, the rain quit and the parade began.
It was a fun way to spend the evening and a nice end to a good day. The weather is still odd, the political situation is still lamentable, and my little girls are still growing up, but it has finally started to feel like Christmas!

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