Hi y’all! Can you believe it? We’re two weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and the full swing of the holidays is upon us. It’s been a very quick last half of the year by all accounts. It feels like it was just yesterday that it was the beginning of July and now we’re halfway through November. Where does the time go? I mean, I’m a believer that time starts to fly by faster the older we get, but holy smokes, this is the fastest time has passed by in my memory. I can’t complain about it though, I love the holiday season. I enjoy watching the holiday commercials on TV (yeah, I actually watch over the air TV sometimes. Well, it’s mainly NFL Network and whatever networks the sports I love are on, but still!), and my favorite morning of the year, Thanksgiving, brings about the excitement of said day coming at us very quickly. I actually have the majority of the day already planned out yearly. I get up at around 6:45am, fire up the TV, and tune it to the local NBC affiliate as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 7am. I either enjoy a cup of eggnog or coffee while watching the parade, and about midway through it I set up my Christmas tree too! I purposely bought a Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that I made extra snazzy with a small set of white string lights that I have wrapped around the branch. It looks cool! Once Santa Claus brings up the rear of the parade and the hosts of the show wish us all a happy holiday season, I tune to the football games on and get the kitchen cleaned up and prepped for the traditional thanksgiving meal. By that time my favorite NFL team, The Dallas Cowboys, game is on, so I make sure to watch all of that. About halftime or so is when I set the oven to start up so that by about 3-5pm, the turkey and ham are warmed up and ready to go. Then it’s dinner, more eggnog, and Christmas music. I love it so much. It breaks my heart that I see a lot of my friends hate on the holiday season so much and Christmas music even more. I know at least some of these friends of mine are atheists and I’ve almost been tempted to tell them to stop giving their kids gifts on December 25th because if they don’t believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, what’s the point of taking part in one of the acts of celebrating His birthday? Then again, I’m super non-confrontational, so I just let bygones be bygones. I think I will start posting Christmas songs on Facebook, though! Somebody has to keep the Christmas spirit going, right?! Oh man, speaking of Christmas!!! I think I’m going to really try to watch as many Christmas movies as I can this year. There are so many to choose from on Netflix and now Disney+! That doesn’t even include my annual Christmas Day personal film festival that I throw myself. In no particular order, I watch the following films annually on Christmas Day: Batman Returns, Friday After Next, Gremlins (sometimes), A Christmas Story, Polar Express, and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (the original Rankin & Bass production) while wearing comfy attire and drinking eggnog and coffee. I don’t really know why, but I really feel to be in the holiday spirit this year. I’m not going to complain, though. It feels good to feel good, if that makes any sense. I must take advantage of the good feelings while I got them, right?
Well, if you celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day (which I haven’t even talked about either!), I hope and pray that the holiday spirit has hit you too! What are some of your traditions for the holiday season?
Talk again soon!