Am I the only person who feels absolutely festive about everything this month? I’m not trying to say I’m one of those people who’s already counting down to the 25-day countdown until Christmas (though would that be so bad?), but I certainly get a sort of holiday and fall fever come mid-November.
Without fail this time of year, I have a lot of trouble focusing, and there’s this sort of anticipation that only peaks that much more upon seeing gourds at farmer’s markets, Barbour jackets, and goblet-sized glasses of red wine.
While many of us cynics are trained to feel like we’re being “suckered” into cliches like pumpkin spiced lattes, holiday music and twinkly lights of any shape or size, I think it’s beyond important to embrace everything about this time of year. Especially at a time when it seems like bad news is thrown at us at an astounding rate.
That’s why the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is already playing as my background music, when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.
That’s why I’m attending a Friendsgiving this weekend and bringing a magnificent pie.
That’s why I’m currently sipping on a latte of the cinnamon persuasion.
That’s why I’ve watched more Harry Potter this week than I care to admit.
And that’s also most likely why I’ve been pontificating when I’ll technically be in the watch-Love-Actually-too-many-times-over time zone.
I say we embrace anything and everything about this season. I find as adults we sometimes complain our way through the holidays, rather than find the time to enjoy them. The tourists, the traffic, the music, the stressful retail business: The list goes on and on. As kids the holidays meant presents, food and vacation. Maybe we can still try to take even an element of that carefree approach. I know this year in particular, I won’t be encountering a fireplace, big sweater or whiskey cocktail I don’t immediately welcome with open arms.
What’s your mood and mode this time of year? Do you get fed up with the holiday noise, or plan to embrace it whole heartedly?