It’s already November, and you know what that means…it’s time for Christmas music!
I’ve always been filled with a little too much Christmas Spirit for my own good. Just ask my husband. We almost broke up when he said he wasn’t “into Christmas.” (Don’t worry, within a few months I had him singing Christmas Carols on long cold walks home in late October…and occasionally in February).
Every little kid feels the anticipation and excitement of the Christmas Season. For some reason, I never really grew out of it.
For me, the fascination wasn’t so much about Santa and toys (well, it was a little). It was more about the warm glow of a Christmas tree, the festive lights on every house, the days spent in the kitchen baking with Mom, the parades, the pageants at church, the best movies ever, and the music – that glorious music!!
When I’m feeling down, there’s nothing that perks me up like a little Christmas tune (no matter what time of year it is).
I think my Christmas Spirit peaked in college, which was probably a little later than everyone else (age 6?). The dance department put on a huge Christmas Show every year and that meant we started rehearsing in August. I was dancing to Christmas music everyday from 4-6pm, and that didn’t bother me one bit.
Freshman year, my first trip home to NC was for Thanksgiving and it came right after the first costume run of our show, Home for the Holidays. It couldn’t have been a more delightful send off. I couldn’t stop singing “Oh, there’s no place like Home for the Holidays” the whole flight home.
The end of the semester was even more exciting. Not only were we finishing up our Christmas Show performances, but classes and finals were over too! When the studying was complete, we spent our spare time going to an absurd number of Christmas parties, exchanging Secret Santa surprises, and drinking hot cocoa while driving around looking for the best Christmas lights on the biggest houses around Oklahoma City. The university even decorated campus for the Holiday season! Oklahoma sure knew how to spread some Christmas cheer.
I’ve carried this shimmering Christmas Spirit around with me ever since.
But, I’m not supposed to be talking about Christmas today. I’m supposed to be focusing on November.
Have you ever noticed that November has somehow been forgotten? Thanksgiving has become more of a pre-Christmas shopping event than a celebration with family and friends on a holiday of its own.
This year, as much as I’m dying to pull out my Christmas lights and the new gold reindeer I bought a couple weeks ago (yeah, I already caved), I’m bracing myself and attempting to make a conscious effort to celebrate November properly.
I am thankful for many things, but today I’m especially thankful for my husband’s love of golf.
My husband loves playing golf the way I love to dance. He would do it everyday, all day, if he was allowed. This shared experience of having a passion for something, has helped us to understand and support each other. I know what a day spent golfing means to him, and although I miss him over the weekend, I know he will come home in a great mood and consciously make an effort to make the most of the rest of our weekend together. Similarly, he knows that my dance career might take me away from home for months at a time, but he understands that it is a career with a limited lifespan, and something that fills me with abundant joy. I’m so grateful for his gift of allowing me to pursue my dance career.
Sorry, enough with the mush. (It seemed necessary to setup and explain the following paragraph).
Last year, my husband informed me that he intended on purchasing a new set of golf clubs for himself. He then told me that whatever he ended up spending, I could spend an equal amount decorating and updating our apartment! Oh happy day! What a generous and exciting surprise! I could hardly wait to start bargain hunting! I was going to squeeze as many updates as possible out of my “golf club budget.”
I had my design inspiration ready, I remembered the furniture rules, I knew to stick with our vision, and I had months to plan, shop, and dream! Is this what being a decorator is like?! Boy, this is going to be fun.
Can’t wait to catch you up on all the list-making, researching, shopping, decision-making, budgeting, DIY-ing, and more!
In the mean time, I’ll be trying not to get too excited every time I see a Christmas commercial or a new display of lights pop up in the city. (Yeah right. Who am I kidding?) Maybe a November bucket-list would help with my struggle.
Happy November Everyone!
Update: I saw a Christmas commercial right after I wrote this post and I nearly exploded with Christmas excitement ..over a commercial…that I’d already seen 20+ times last year. This is going to be harder than I thought.