It's December already! Yay! Since I can't really get out and enjoy it, I no longer appreciate winter at all! You can't ride a power wheelchair in the slush and the grit, so I stay indoors. It's too cold for my shattered thermometer anyway.
Dec. 1st however always reminds me that in only three short weeks the days will start getting longer. How's that as a cause for celebration? Within a few days of Christmas I expect you'll notice the days starting to feel longer (for my readers in the northern hemisphere anyway).
So I sit at the window and watch as the season unfolds, and for my money the faster the better!
In the meantime Christmas is unfolding all around us. Music on the radio here abruptly changed to Christmas music this morning, 100%. I think they have a box of Christmas music someplace in the basement that they drag out each year. And the way pop singers can mangle a traditional Christmas song is appalling!
There is shopping to be done, traffic and crowds to cope with, presents to decide upon, and then they have to be wrapped and sent out by the Post Office deadline. For me, getting out to shop is almost impossible, and I'm left with a distinctly inadequate feeling for not getting great gifts that are a surprise. I have to come up with a surreptitious way to acquire a surprise gift or two this year.
I find myself wondering though, how many shoppers remember where the tradition of gift-giving at Christmas originated. Just what is the Christmas season all about?
Sending out Christmas cards does remain meaningful to me. It's a chance to stay in touch with friends and relatives at least once a year, though I always know it should be more often. And I know I should write a more meaningful, personalized message in each card. My best effort will just have to do.
I hope you can cope with the rush of December, and I hope that spring arrives soon!