well, "I" know when it's coming, anyway!!! I have gotten lax over the last few years with all my preparations for Christmas. I have always LOVED it and have had all kinds of traditions that I did without fail. When my children grew up and moved out, I think I got to where I thought, they aren't here to see all this, so why go to all that trouble. No, actually, I think what it is, is that I got older and lazier!!
But, this year is different!! I have had most all my shopping done for two weeks now. I ordered my gift wrap, fabulous ribbon, gift tags and tissue all standing at the ready and I may actually start wrapping this week!!
I have baked breads and made perserves for gift baskets and casseroles for busy evenings and put in the freezer. Got my favorite candles (Aromatique's "Cinnamon n Cider) and flavored coffee (Pumpkin Spice) to fill the air and set the atmosphere!! And most important of all is my Christmas music: listened to the CD's all day Saturday!!
The way I know that Christmas "is-a comin" is that the floor of my office is piled high with all the gifts, wrappings and paraphinalia I have gathered that is essential for my mood!!
This year, I may do something I have NEVER done: put up the tree for Thanksgiving!! I have a dear friend, who is now in Heaven, that alwasy did that. When asked why, she would always simply say "Because it is so festive"
And "festive" is the word of the hour around my house!!!