It starts with Pumpkin Spice lattes in August … the first hint that summer is ending and fall is around the corner. Then, it seems to snowball into Christmas decorations everywhere! I mean, who is buying Christmas trees in September, right?!
Now that it’s October, I feel like I finally can admit that I LOVE seeing Christmas sections in stores! While my husband is the only one buying Christmas lights now (he does outdoor Christmas lighting for his gardening clients, and each year he has to start sooner to meet that Thanksgiving deadline), I can’t help feeling giddy seeing those lights.
Until I became a mom, Christmas just felt like most holidays, except longer. There was a period of time when I refused to watch Christmas movies before December 10th, and I certainly didn’t want to see Christmas in the stores before Thanksgiving. But now? GIVE ME ALL THE CHRISTMAS!
Now, it represents the anticipation of all the fun to come. It’s seeing my boys’ faces light up with each Christmas activity, movie, and song. It’s connecting with relatives I haven’t seen all year, and slowing down to enjoy each other’s company. It’s board game nights and arranging presents under the tree on Christmas Eve for our boys. Whenever I see Christmas decorations in stores I feel like … a kid on Christmas morning.
Even my boys are excited, and have said numerous times “I wish it were Christmas time.” Perhaps the best part of anticipating Christmas in October is getting to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving along the way. (And yes, we bought our Halloween costumes early. We love getting ready for holidays around here!)