Now, I've been trying to get the Christmas spirit most of the month. I've decorated my apartment with as much Christmas cheer as a typical elf but it still didn't sprinkle any holiday magic on my heart. And then SJ and I went looking at Christmas lights all over town, and they were beautiful sights to see, brilliantly shining in the dark sky, but without the snow, it didn't feel right.
A few days later, I went to another Christmas light display, and much to my surprise, it still didn't feel like Christmas was a little over a week away.
And now, we are in the week of Christmas and though I'm going thru the motions of the holiday, it still doesn't feel like it's Christmas time. However, when my niece first saw me, I was wearing my fury fury jacket and instead of saying hello, or I've missed you Aunt Jennee.... she gives me a hug and said, "YOU LOOK LIKE MRS. CLAUS!"
However, a little while later, when she calmed down, she told me in a soft and sincere voice, "Aunt Jennee. I finished reading Holy Jamolie. It WAS AWESOME." I'm not sure which one of us smiled more. When I wrote it for her last year, she didn't seem so thrilled at having a book where she was the main character, but now she's read it and liked it...and I'm slightly regretting my choice of not having book two ready for this years Christmas gift.
Since the arrival of the niece, we have filled our tummies with chocolate and sugar, built gingerbread houses and talked about Santa coming down the chimney. It's feeling more like Christmas but I have a feeling it will rush by and I won't get to enjoy the season as much as I would prefer too. Hopefully, with the magic of Christmas, time will slow down and I will get to spend quality time with friends and family, and not lose myself to the sugar and dairy that is already changing my mood and bloating my body up to a size I'm not comfortable in, anymore. Whether we are ready or not, the holidays are here! And since I know I won't have much time to myself until Christmas....I'm wishing you now, the happiest holiday season of all. May the child like spirit of love, peace, and joy, fill your hearts and sound thru your laughter, as you spend time with those nearest and dearest to you.