I have heard a few people voice concern that with a whole week of November left after Thanksgiving, Christmas kicked off a bit early this year, and we will all be tired of it by the time it gets here.
I guess some might feel that way. As with everything in life, it's how you choose to view it.
I am a firm believer in waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin the Christmas countdown, but by the time the last of the turkey is enjoyed, I'm ready to getting going!
This year, since I have made it a goal to truly Cherish Christmas, I am viewing it with more meaning. Because I choose to do so.
With that being said, today I continued my Christmas Devotionals and I Sang Along to Some Christmas Songs (check off #4 from my list).
Sing Along To Some Christmas Songs.
I have two fun stories to go with this one.
First, for years Hubby wanted to at least get through the Thanksgiving weekend before hearing Christmas music and dragging out Christmas decorations. His young, not-so-understanding Wifey might have called him a Scrooge a time or two.
Looking back, I don't think he was. I do think he loved Thanksgiving and wanted some time to savor that holiday, before jumping right into the next one.
He's the type of guy who needs time (to process, think, consider). I'm the type that doesn't want to waste time (so blurt out, run out, jump in). Who says God doesn't have sense of humor?
But over the years, after some tough lessons learned, we have stumbled upon something valuable for our marriage. We love each other enough, that if given the choice, we would want the other person's happiness over our own.
So the day after Thanksgiving, we hopped in Hubby's truck to get a Christmas tree and when he turned the key...Christmas music filled the air!
I was digging through my purse, but I stopped and looked at him with a big smile on my face. Turns out he had this planned for a couple days. He found the local Christmas station on the radio and had it preset, so that when we got in the truck that day, I would hear Christmas music.
It was a small act - that was HUGE to me. It was a Christmas gift. The best kind.
And no - it didn't happen today, but I wanted to share it anyway.
The second story happened with my youngest, the Engineer. He's fifteen and doesn't always share my Rosie Outlook in life. Did I mention he's 15? But I love him and he loves me.
Thankfully, he enjoys Christmas music in the car. And we happened to be in the car. As we drove down the road, I sang along to each song that came on the radio.
I can't say for sure, but I think I caught a 15 year old eye roll as I added in my own echo on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. It was a typical teenager/mooooom moment.
Until...we heard: "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch..."
Suddenly I hear the Engineer's smooth, low, beautiful baritone singing along with me! We drove the rest of the way home happily singing along. As we pulled into the garage, we finished off the song, grins spread across our faces.
It was a special Christmas moment. And I cherished it.
Will you be tired of Christmas by the time it gets here? I hope not. There are so many opportunities to be Blessed by Christmas.
Grow tired of it or Cherish it? The choice is up to you.
Only 22 days to go...
Have a Blessed Christmas!