Some people already have Christmas trees up?!
Yes, Virginia and everyone else, I already have put up a Christmas tree in my house. Actually, there’s one fully decorated, a Charlie Brown tree on the dining room table (I’ve dedicated the Charlie Brown tree to Claire Fassler-Tiffany, a friend from 7-9th grade in California who has objected to a tree being up already), one in a bedroom and one out on the porch about to be decorated. We’re still contemplating thoughts of a real one, too.
I figured, “Why not?!” this year. Though it does feel early, with a flocked tree, (for some reason I’ve walked around the past couple decades thinking the word was “Frocked”) the living room looks seasonally beautiful. Though admittedly, until I get the animated Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Mickey Clau
s plugged in and in place and some garland here and there and stockings up, it looks like a Christmas Nightmare at the moment.
So what’s the harm?
I have started making a daily Facebook cover for Thanksgiving with the two Pilgrims. Today the expressions on their faces changed along with the addition of a few trees in the background. Tomorrow, I’ll do something else.
I’m trying to do things slowly and early to get the most out of the season. To me, the decorating and enjoyment of the decorations, fueled with Percy Faith‘s Christmas Is… album make the holiday season extra special and we have gone without much of the fanfare since leaving the house and the ex behind.
This is rebuilding for us. New traditions, experimentation, and just plain ole peace and quiet.
The holidays don’t have to be a time of high anxiety. They’re meant to be times of peace and joy and happiness. Too much of that got lost previously and I never could understand why they caused so much angst.
So here’s today’s FB cover. (Click the link) If you’d like to download and add it to your wall or share with friends, you’re more than welcome to. (The initial imagery of the pilgrim figures, turkey, pumpkin and leaves are from a Photoshop art page, but the design and layout are mine.)