Monday, December 10, 2018

Hold on, Christmas …

I'm unsuprised people hae begun to listen to Christmas music, but I think we should at least acknowledge that Thanksgving is still a thing. Although I know people will most likely just remember the football game that's bound to be playing. Or the Black Friday shopping people will be doing.

I’m at least glad that the holiday season is finally almost here, but I’m not really enjoying the cold winds that blast me everyday I decide to even exit my house.

There’s something about Christmas that my family and I always kind of miss out on every year. No, I’m not talking about long church ceremonies. I’m talking about just about everything else. 

Most communities have events, plays, parties, and lights. But my family has never bothered with such celebrations. Which I’m rather happy about, actually. 

All of my friends used to be in the novelty play that their church would always put on. And it always sounded so stressful. I thought the time of giving was supposed to be relaxing. 

Now that I’ve come of age, though, I know that’s not really the case for anyone. 

I’ve also started to notice that people have certain rituals when it comes to the holiday season. Church, family dinner, presents, dessert, nap time. 

Some people are lucky enough to have more than two Christmases. I don’t think I could eat that many family dinners, though. 

My family has its own traditions. Every Christmas Eve we would visit my grandma and grandpa’s for a family dinner and presents, but on the way home we would always make a stop. 

I don’t remember whose house we would stop at, but it would always be strung in lights. 

My dad would always pay and leave money in the mailbox, and we would drive through the elaborate strung lights. 

They would always have something new among their Christmas lights, and my siblings and I would look for them every year. It wasn’t just lights that they would set up; novelty sets and Santas also would be among the bunch. 

Unfortunately, the people who own the house and the lights are now too old to set up the lights, so we always miss out on them every year now. 

I savor the lights I see around town now. 

Luckily my family inherited all of our Christmas decorations from my great aunt, and she loved Christmas. 

We have novelty sets, and indoor and outdoor lights. We have twice the amount of tree decorations now, and I have my own Christmas lights strung along my bed now, too. 

I won’t admit that I turn them on from time to time, though. Not until Thanksgiving is over.

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