So anyhoo, when everyone was gone, Brian and I enjoyed the last bit of awake time with Cooper...playing with all of his new presents, snuggling and reading stories, and tucking him in for a good night's sleep. Then, as we often do after a gathering or party at our house, we each took a load off and just relaxed. We did not clean up completely, and we did not beat ourselves up about it...we just vegged. It was lovely. Brian played some video games with his buddies online, (I know, so nerdy...but I love him...and it's our good buddy from college...and we love him and his wife...and their baby to be...and what can ya do?! Nerdy video games...I've accepted it...) and I went to the computer to catch up on some blogging and was inspired to listen to a little...wait for it...wait for it...Christmas music! I totally did. I couldn't believe I was doing it, but I was, and it just felt so right. Just talking about it with my Sis got me in the mood. I was ready.
I loaded up my Christmas playlist in iTunes, put it on random order repeat, and boom...it was beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Here are just a few of my favorites...
Gloooooo...o-o-o-o-o...o-o-o-o-o...o-o-o-o-oria! Fa la la la la...la la la la!
Oh my, it was glorious! Peaceful, joyful, worshipful, inspiring...I sat just soaking it in, singing along, and my soul welling up...loving every moment. Now it was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas too!
Now before I go too far with this, I know some people are pretty much disgusted at the mention or look of Christmas before Thanksgiving, but you know what? I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE!!!
I LOVE Christmas! I wait all year for Christmas. Sure, I love every season for what it brings to our lives, but the season of Christmas just trumps it all. I am not dismissing the upcoming joy and festivities of Thanksgiving by any means. I am so looking forward to being together with my family, eating some delicious food, and sharing a time of gratitude. But, with that being said, Christmas is on my mind. It's not the presents. It's not the commercialized side of Christmas that holds that special place in my heart. It's what it means, what it does to our souls, what it does in our hearts, how it brings us together, how it inspires us, how it motivates us to give and gather, and how it brings out the best in all of us. The birth of our Lord and Savior is definitely something worth celebrating all year round, let alone just a tad before Thanksgiving.
Consider this my fair warning...from here on out, I will have no shame in sharing Christmas posts. No shame baby. :) Yeah for Christmas, yeah.
Oh and the neighbors across the street...Christmas tree up and lit in their front window. Wow. But, I don't mind...I don't mind at all!
Merry Christmas season,