Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's December... Almost.

It's almost December and I have been secretly excited about the Holiday season. Since Halloween. I say secretly because I was sure I would hear moans if anyone new I listened to a holiday station on my Pandora radio. Secretly thinking and planning the presents I'd make for my loved ones. Secretly planning the decorations I'd put up, make, the cookies I'd bake, and the activities I wanted to create and participate in with my loved ones. Walks in the snowy woods, making Christmas cards, baking special treats, gatherings, and watching my favorite movies. I've gone through enough Holiday seasons in the past few years where I see them whoosh by with a blink and it's over and I've done nearly nothing that I wanted to do. This year I just thought it would be a good idea to start the mental planning so that I could enjoy the whole season to it's fullest.

It's three days after Thanksgiving and my small sweet tree is in place filling my studio with that wonderful smell that reminds me of my father passing out presents to four expectant little girls in pajamas while chocolate kisses are being devoured. The ingredients are purchased for the kiss cookies which I'll bake for my family's cookie swap this thursday. I baked chex mix this evening burning the bottom pan. Oh well. My lists are made for the ornaments I'll make. I had my first eggnogg of the season today as I sat at a holiday craft fair selling the art work of the folks I work with. I sit now feeling fully satisfied and confident that I'm ready to enjoy this season as I watch M*A*S*H and enjoy the fragrance my tree.  I'll decorate my tree with my sweetheart and eat cookies with my family this week. I'm a happy girl.