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And I am loving it.

I can’t believe another year is nearly over, and we’re mere days away from Christmas now. The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass. I remember back when I was still in school, the days and months just dragged on and on. But now? I wake up in June, and by the time I go to bed that night… it’s December.

As everyone knows by now, I love to decorate for Christmas. So here is my yearly house tour for you to hopefully enjoy. And this year… I have two trees (three if you count my teeny Kitchen Tree)! I hope this is what Heaven will be like — decorated and lit Christmas trees everywhere. My new tree was a real bargain too — I picked it up on clearance this spring for $20. The base was broken, but a full-size, pre-lit Christmas tree for only $20…? It needed a good home which I was more than happy to provide.

This Christmas is also extra exciting because my best friend Krystal will coming to spend the holiday here with me.

I spent a few days with her earlier in the month and we decorated HER house together. She may have said something about this becoming a new Christmas tradition…

I’m sure that in addition to the Christmas turkey I’m making, we’ll also gorge ourselves on Rod Stewart Christmas music, Christmas movies, and of course a few rousing rounds of Scrabble and perhaps even a go at a new Monopoly which is geared towards Millennials… which I suppose I have to admit we are. (Though that term is starting to be used much too broadly these days. Sorry, but today’s teens are NOT Millennials.)

I’m so pleased with how many folks are saying “Merry Christmas” this year, and I’ve noticed that more and more people wanted to start decorating earlier than they normally do. As I’ve said before, there is nothing wrong with Christmas, decorations, or holiday cheer, and if you want to start in November, then do it. It’s time that we stop giving in to the Grinches and the Scrooges of the world, who maintain that Christmas is nothing but a “tedious festival of capitalism”. Christmas is anything but that, however, if that’s what you choose to hold in your heart, then your heart will stay cold and lonely. Open your eyes and look around you — the true meaning of Christmas is everywhere.

Christmas is a time to learn from our Lord’s example; to love one another despite our conflicts, to put others first and give of ourselves, not because we have to, but because we want to, and because it’s just the right thing to do. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the Christ part of Christmas, well, that’s your loss. But you can certainly at least still try to embrace the Spirit of Christmas. And maybe, just maybe, like dear old Scrooge so long, long ago, we will all learn to keep Christmas in our hearts all the year.

Merry Christmas!

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Sorry, you know I have a hard time choosing! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

I shall change my way of living. I will try to keep Christmas all the year. I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirit of all three shall be in my heart. I shall never forget the lessons that they teach.

~ A Christmas Carol (1938)

Merry Christmas and God bless, friends!