Christmas sort of snuck up on me this year. I heard Christmas music in a store the other day and I was startled. I just can't believe it is so close. I feel like every year I have a different feeling about Christmas, sometimes I am super excited, other times I feel a bit reticent about it all. I suppose that's normal, but if I compare myself to others who go all in on this holiday starting on November 1, my approach can seem lacking.
A few things about our holiday season will be different this year:
- We are still working on our home renovations and we are unsure if we will be able to move upstairs by Christmas Day. Our decorations are in storage so we haven't had any thought of putting up our outdoor lights and don't know if we will be able to get our normal big tree.
- We aren't going to see Santa at the mall this year. Truthfully the set up at our local mall Sherway Gardens lost its charm over the past few years. They used to do sessions of about 25 kids where Santa would read a book, they would sing some songs, and then each kid would have a chance to sit with Santa for photos. But the past few years it's just been photos, which is the norm, but it doesn't seem worth it this year. We have not had the talk about Santa in our house, although there have been a few questions.
- We aren't having our annual friends and neighbours Christmas party. Our house isn't ready for that and we are really sad to miss out. We have had a party every year since we moved in in 2014 (except for 2020). We'll be back better than ever next year! Or maybe we'll do a mid-winter party so we can show off our renovations before too long.
- Because of our lack of party and our current accommodations, it also means I'm haven't put any thought into Christmas baking.
However the school
Christmas Winter concert is back this year!! So although E has aged out of it, Q will be performing and I'll be looking forward to that!
I think above all, no matter how I am feeling about the actual holiday season, I always keep the true meaning of Christmas at the top of my mind. At choir on Sunday, we sang our first Christmas anthem, and the words from the arrangement of "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming" we were singing really struck me, of course I can't find the exact wording here and I forgot to make a note of it at the time, but it's basically that Mary brought forth a child, and that's it, that's the meaning of Christmas for me. I think I will keep those words as my touchstone throughout this season.