It’s that time of year…well, let’s be honest, for some of us it’s been that time of year since November first! Now, my house is not decorated yet, although it will be by this weekend, but that’s only because I just returned from spending Thanksgiving in Disneyworld. Normally, I am a “tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving” kind of gal and Christmas music has been on in my home since the day after Halloween. After all, the “most wonderful time of year” only comes around once a year, and I for one like to make it last as long as possible.
That said, I am well aware that the constant hustle and bustle of the holiday season is enough to make everyone’s inner Grinch, mine included emerge at least once between Black Friday and Christmas day. It’s inevitable, between the lines at the stores, the hassle of the required trips to the post office, the search for the perfect present, the feeling when you think you’ve hit every item on “Santa’s list” for your little one, only to have them add some totally new must have toy at the last minute…and then the endless query of where are you celebrating, whose making what, did we remember to get a gift for this person, did I mail a card to that person…it’s endless, it’s tiring, and it’s a lot to absorb in a five week period. Wait a minute, did I just say I wanted to make the Christmas season last as long as possible??
All stressors aside, yes I did and yes I do, each and every year. I love it all, even when I cannot find my spool of tape (and trust me, nothing makes me crazier than that!), even when there are half eaten candy canes stuck to my sofa (thank you, Abigail!) even when Christmas Vacation, Elf, and A Christmas Story are LITERALLY the only three movies on my television every single night, even when each morning starts by a duet of Baby It’s Cold Outside sung into our hairbrushes and ends with a read aloud of Peppa Pig’s Christmas Wish, I still manage to keep that inner Grinch in check, even if some days it’s more of a challenge than others. That’s because there is something new and unique and wonderful about each and every holiday season- in all of the 41 I have experienced (although to be fair, those first few I don’t truly recall), no two have been exactly alike but all have been magical. And in living through each one, there has been some memory, some intangible moment of magic and love that has…to quote that beloved Christmas tale penned by Dr. Suess: (made my) small heart grow three sizes that day.
And so today on November 26th, the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, the Christmas season in all of its full fledged, gingerbread sprinkled, gumdrop speckled, peppermint frosted, snowflake sparkling glory is upon us…and what is going to make your small heart grow? What is going to literally stop you in your tracks this season and take your breath away? What is going to bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, a flutter to your breath, and warmth to your heart? What specifically this season will bring the true magic of Christmas home to you between now and December 25th? It can be anything, large or small…remember…for the Grinch, all it took was the tiniest Who down in Whoville, little Cindy Lou Who.
All I know is this…it will be unique…it will be magical…and it will truly make your season bright.
Let us all have a wonderful start to the Christmas season together…and let’s watch as all of our hearts grow three times in size all December long!