'Tis the Season

| 12/21/2017 9:39:00 AM

Country Moon 

I love the Christmas season. The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells, they all blend together to create this one magical feeling that only comes around once a year. People are generally in better spirits, they tend to smile more, they are more giving and there is a sense of merriment. I like this. Of course, it is the busiest season too and, although it is a magical season, there are always a few “oops” that accompany the hustle and bustle such as:

1. What would the season be without them? There is just something warm and cozy about seeing the colors glistening on the snow. But, this warm and cozy feeling is only after they are up and working. Why is it that you can pack each and every bulb back in the box ever-so-carefully at the end of each season and, even though no one touches them, moves them or even looks at them, you unpack them the next season and they fail to light. Is this just an unspoken law from season to season that these malfunctions have to be part of the ritual??

2. Do you ever wonder why the expression “bah humbug” really originated? It’s when you try to spend family time trying to get all the decorations put up and before the end of the day and everyone has a grump on. Mama is trying to set the moving reindeer out, which were perfectly formed the year before and this year they look like some creature that doesn’t exist. How did they get so mangled! All she wants is a little help bending them back in shape but Dad is too busy trying to string lights over the evergreens in some sort of uniform fashion…not going to happen! Junior and Sis promised to help but that was before the neighbor kids wandered over to try and get out of helping their folks do the same. Yep, if you can survive the day of putting up the decorations, you got it made.

3. Of course, this is the season when sweets magically have no calories (or at least the effects of the calories do not show up until January!) and there is no shortage of them. Cookies, fudge, pumpkin rolls, pies, cakes, sweet rolls, there is an endless supply and it would just be downright rude not to sample everyone’s. So, many of the festivities revolve around the sweet tooth as families get together and share a baking day. What could be more festive and jovial…until you have a dozen people gathered in the kitchen and find out you are lacking one ingredient for Santa’s cookies. Bah humbug!

4. Christmas cards go right along with the cookies. I start the season with the same list every year. It is always sad when I have to remove some names because they are no longer with us but, at the same time, I am so glad that I still sit down and engage in this task. Yes, it is time-consuming when we need to do so many other things, but years have a way of slipping by and sometimes we never connect throughout the year with some that we hold dear. We step back at this time of year to reach out and remember and I like that part. But, like missing one ingredient for the cookies, it never fails that every year when I have my list completed, and everything put away for the season, there is that one Christmas card that comes that you somehow left off the list. How does this happen?

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