POSITIVELY THE SEASON
|Stacking the firewood|
Tis the Season for overindulgences of all sorts – this time
of year we generally overeat, overdrink, overspend and overdecorate. I think
sometimes we’re just trying to fill in the time until the sunlight returns for
more hours in the day and the grass begins to grow again. Mowing gives us
something to do.
My garden has been pulled up, the flowers have gone to sleep, the leaves burned. Most of the trees are bare, the frost is on the ground when I wake up in the morning and the hummingbirds are gone.
Outdoors, it’s an in-between time. Some days
are pleasant, others are not. Some days are sunny, some days we get tired of
looking at gray skies and mud puddles. Indoors, we hunker down, put on a
sweater, look for those gloves, cook up comfort food and make Christmas lists. I
look forward to pumpkin pies, hot cocoa, a tree with lights in my living room,
longer hours to read in bed, and the first snow. For lack of a fireplace I will
light more candles.
|A Comforting Quiche|
It’s a busy season - with the cooking, the cleaning, the
shopping, the planning. If I feel ambitious I’ll go to the mall, get started on
that shopping. If I’m smart, I’ll shop online. And I’ll not forget to make a
donation of my time or money to a worthy charity, always wishing I could do more.
Flipping through radio stations in the car the other day, I
came across one that was already playing Christmas music 24/7. Ugh. Too early.
I’m not big on it anyway – most of it is sad and depressing. I do like the
upbeat ones, Feliz Navidad, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Something’s
Stuck Up In The Chimney - anything by Mannheim Steamroller. We need a little
pick-me-up with our eggnog. It helps us not dwell on Holidays Past and the loved
ones we are missing.
|A Winter sunset|
We all know that the trees go up in the stores way too soon.
But for retailers, it’s a short season, so I understand. (Besides, I used to be
a professional tree decorator and it takes time to do a few hundred Christmas
trees.) But when my neighbor has decorations out in mid-November, I shake my
head and join the cry “It’s too early!”. But, ‘tis the season.
|Christmas ornaments for sale|
It’s the time of year to be nostalgic, generous, and
tolerant. To be hopeful, and to be thankful. To raise a toast - To the Season!
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Wow - great photos. And they let you burn leaves still? That's punishable by armchair conservationist shame out here.ReplyDelete