It is in the high 60′s today, in Indiana. I understand that in Casper, Wyoming, where we lived for ten years before moving back home to Indiana, they have had four good snow storms and are expecting ten more inches this weekend.
I am still not used to the warmth and nicer weather we have by living less than fifty miles south of Indianapolis. It is gorgeous today and I saw my first Christmas advertisement. Good Grief!
It used to be that you had Halloween, the next day you saw adds for Thanksgiving and then, right around Thanksgiving the Christmas adds started. Now, the folks at Hobby Lobby tell me they have already condensed the ornaments, since they have sold so many, and the Christmas television ads have started.
Just like Crazy Aunt Purl, and her fight against buying more Christmas decorations, I am a Christmas nut. I have ornaments from both of my grandmother’s trees. I love the season and I love the lights, smells, sounds and ornamentation of it. However, it just does not last as long as it used to.
I remember coming home from school with crayon Christmas drawings, through huge drifts of snow , and how long it seemed before Christmas Eve. I remember sneaking into the kitchen, while the others decorated the tree, and eating the whole package of chocolate covered wafer cookies. I do not remember the throwing up which I did.
But, snow or no snow, and even though Christmas comes and goes in the blink of an eye, it is a warm and cozy holiday to spend with loved ones. With or without sixteen rubbermaids of decorations.