Remember it is Christmastime. Christmastime is your favorite time, but it snuck up on you a little this year. Think, “Wait, it’s November? Late November? HAS THANKSGIVING ALREADY HAPPENED?
Oh, right. You were there. Two Thanksgiving dinners and a lovely time with both sides of The Husband’s lovely family.
Get it together already.
Visit the “Seasonal” section of a store like Meijer, Lowe’s, or Menards. Drag the Husband over to smell the Christmas smells, admire the forest of twinkling Christmas trees, explore the festive wrapping paper, and wonder at some of the giant, brightly colored things people will put in their front yards. Look into the crazy eyes of blow-up Santa. Think, “It’s going to eat me, isn’t it,” and vow to sleep with an ax under your bed.
Listen to your favorite Christmas music. In secret. Because The Husband is broken and doesn’t like Christmas music. Is some of it terrible? Yes. Is the good stuff horribly overplayed? Well, yes.
But who cares? =] This does nothing to take away the delight you feel at the first few notes of one of the albums you grew up hearing on cassette tapes.
Watch The Lord of the Rings. Remember old stories and other worlds and house construction and the old homeschool group you were part of.
This . . . might only work for me.
Put up the tree! Defend the tree from Shai’tan! (That is, the cat.) Festoon the tree with colored lights, with the ornaments you made as a child, with the ornaments your mother gave you when you moved out, with the ornaments your grandmother gave you when you got married to start you off right.
Grudgingly allow the Husband to hang the Jar-Jar Binks ornament a friend bought for him at Gen Con.
So many ornaments! Good thing you have another tree. =]
Hope for snow. Snow is magical.
Enjoy Christmas stories – in books and films, in your parents’ tales from Christmases past, in your fiction and in the journaling records you have of your own Christmases gone by.
Try not to put of Christmas shopping until the last minute.
Inevitably put of Christmas shopping until the last minute.
Wrap presents, even though you’re super bad at it. Don’t cut yourself while curling ribbon with the scissors.
Give something to a worthy charity.
Step Eleven: Bonus Steps
Anything else you can think of or would enjoy come Christmastime.