Our "helpers" as usual...
For me, this season means family. Mine is scattered so few and far between (geographically) and not all, but most of us are not very close (emotionally) either, so I have long been a very lucky, thankful part of a surrogate family - Jon's. Which is lovely. :) They're beautiful people who hold the Christmas spirit dear to their hearts as well. It's great to be a part of it all with them.
And it means gifting. Don't get me wrong here though - I don't agree with the massive commercialism of it all. And I don't agree with children making lists and telling (not asking) their parents what to get them for Christmas. I think a lot of people forget how lucky they really are. And that's very sad to me. Please don't ever forget how lucky you really are, my fine readers...
But the part of gifting I like is the search and the reward. I put so much into figuring out the perfect items for those I love. (I make a lot of my gifts too, and buy a lot on Etsy - supporting handmade is important for me in general and I love pulling that into this season as well.) I put a lot of thought and time into getting everyone something that really suits them - and it always pays off in the delighted faces and reactions on Christmas morning.
And it means food! I love putting grand meals together. Usually Jon's mom does most (read: all) of the planning for us in that department, but this year, Jon and I have volunteered our home and kitchen for Christmas day. I'm very excited. And a little nervous. I love putting a great big menu together. And filling bellies with fresh, homemade goodness. So I can't wait. But I'm not sure what to make yet though. We'll see.
Anyway, last night we got out all our Christmas goodies. We set up the tree, reminiscing about each ornament - where we got them and when. We set up the train and village under the tree. I brought out my AnnaLee elves and put them on the mantle (we have an actual mantle with an actual fireplace now!!). So many happy memories. And we drank eggnog and watched Polar Express. I forgot how nerve-wracking that movie is! Geesh!
When do you set up for Christmas? Are we abnormally early? Tell me what you love and how you celebrate.
I'll be back later to share a dinner recipe with you.