“Absolutely, under no circumstances, do we listen to Christmas music…or do anything Christmas related, until AFTER Thanksgiving.” my dad said. This was the rule, no questions asked. Christmas happens AFTER Thanksgiving. I have been blessed to have married a man who shares the convictions of my dad, Christmas = After Thanksgiving. For years I have accepted this belief. I have practiced it holiday season after holiday season. But, can I confess, waiting for the Christmas season has been incredibly challenging for me this year!
On more than one occasion I have wanted to light my Yankee Candle Christmas scent I bought while in the States in October. I have scrolled through my i-tunes and found my favorite Christmas albums and thought, perhaps listening to just one little song would not be too bad…I have searched Pinterest and home decor ideas and longed to find some garland and throw it all over our mantle. But, I have restrained. I never thought Thanksgiving would happen!
We had a great day eating delicious homemade goodies with our friends here in Haiti. After eating way too much we enjoyed playing cards and spending time together into the evening. I’ve got leftovers that will make for a great dinner tonight. However, the thing that excites me the most is that as I write at this very moment, Christmas music is playing and scent of our Christmas candles is filling our small home. It’s here, the Christmas season!
Here are a few things I have been looking forward to about this season:
I’m a candle snob, and I’m sorry. I don’t like to shop, I do not have specific “make up” or “hair products” that I must have, I tell Trey he has got it quite easy by picking me (kidding!). But, I do have a hang-up in the candle department. I’ve tried my fair share of “off brand candles.” You know those you think will be great and they only cost $10? However, hours into burning, you still cannot smell the candle. Or the “Christmas Cookie” aroma you were hoping to experience in your bargain candle becomes your grandfathers cologne. Yup, Yankee Candle Co. is the one for me!
“Holiday Hoobie Whaty?!” How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey edition) has to be one of my all time favorite movies! It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas…the list could go on and on. Just typing these titles makes me want to put my p.j.’s on and declare today “National Christmas Movie Watching Day.” Alas, we have all month, one movie at a time.
These are two I cannot wait to get my hands on! My mom has given them to me on different occasions throughout the year, and it is finally time to crack ’em open. First, The Women of Christmas, by Liz Curtis Higgs. Second, The Greatest Gift, by Ann Voskamp. I obviously cannot give my opinion of them yet, as I have not read them, but let’s just say I think they are both going to be great. As much as I love all the “stuff” of Christmas, my heart longs to stay in the story of Christmas, and be blown away in the days leading to Christmas by the incredible gift of our Savior. Check out a special book review from these two authors, click HERE.
In a little more than a week my mom and mother-in-love will arrive to do the Christmas season with us and prepare to welcome their first Grandson! We are blessed to have family willing to switch things up a bit this Christmas season and join us in Haiti. This is something we do not take for granted, and cannot wait for the gift of time we will have together.
Enjoy this Christmas season! What a great gift it is to think about people all around the world celebrating the ultimate gift, Jesus Christ. Large gaudy Christmas bows and all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!