Usually I'm the first one jumping aboard the 'let's decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving' train, but this year my husband and I haven't exactly been in the holiday spirit. The 80 degree weather we're having in Florida doesn't exactly help either. My husband and I are are both used to snow and cold this time of year, so sunburns and sweat aren't sitting very well with us this Christmas. Our snowboard and skis are useless in our storage closet. My Sorel winter boots, that I got for Christmas last year, are collecting dust in the closet. I'm actually thinking about rebelling against this very 'un-Christmaslike' Florida weather and wearing them one day anyways, but I digress. After almost a month of stalling, I broke down and opened up our tub of Christmas decorations.
After lots of sulking and excuse-making for not decorating our place for Christmas, I finally put on my 'big girl pants' and did some decorating. And you know what? It actually felt kind of nice. Maybe all we needed to get in the Christmas spirit around here were some stockings and a present, or two, under the tree. Who knew it was so easy?! I just love the memories that go rushing through my mind while unwrapping each ornament and decoration. It's nice recalling happy memories from years past together.
All of our beautiful and special Christmas decorations were doing no good for our spirits packed away in boxes. It's difficult to enjoy their beauty when they're put out of sight and memory. Our Christmas denial was surely not going to make the holiday go away. We really need to appreciate this time of year together no matter what the climate or location. Although I do think Christmas is slightly more special when you're wrapped in cozy blankets while watching the snow fall outside. I mean, listening to the song 'Let It Snow' while the air conditioning runs is a bit absurd.
If anyone has blog posts about ice skating, hot chocolate,
sledding, making snowmen, or anything else winter weather related please let me know!
I will live vicariously through you. (: