Thursday, November 4, 2010

the best christmas ever

I took the kids to Chick-fil-A last night.
I noticed that were advertising for their Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake.
Have you ever tried it?
It's amazing.
Last year I wasn't able to order one because John and I were doing the no sugar thing...so as soon as I saw that they were offering it already for the season, I knew I had to have one.
The first sip was like magic.
With it came all the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds...of Christmas.
It was like I just got this itch...you know, the Christmas bug.
Then I got an idea! An awful idea! YES I GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
Remember this post from three years ago?
Well today I threw it all out the window.
I discounted everything I have ever believed in and preached about with regard to the holidays...
and we decorated for Christmas.
It's the first time in my life that I have ever taken down Halloween, and put up Christmas, on the same day.
While we worked, we broke out the Christmas music, burned a yummy pine candle, and even read Christmas stories before putting the kids to bed.
I have been in desperate need of some cheer the past couple of weeks, and (who knew?) this was just what I needed.
For the longest time, well since we lost mom a week before Christmas, I haven't had the best feelings about the holidays, particularly Christmas.
It's taken several years (and a couple of kids), to once again see Christmas for what it is...
Beautiful, Magical, and Exciting.
In fact, I think it's safe to say that this is the first year since before her passing, that decorating for Christmas hasn't felt burdensome and wearing.
It was actually something I anticipated and relished in.

I think this will be the best Christmas ever...

I can just feel it in my bones.

9 comments:

Brooke said...

You crack me up! So first of all, did you move all of your furniture just for this, and by yourself? Second of all I knew you would get the itch to do it early eventually, congratulations you are now as crazy as the rest of us! Glad you are cheering up, you deserve it! Love ya!
BTW, I resisted the shake yesterday when I was there also, but only because I knew I'd have to share! :)

Amy Eagleston said...

I think sometimes it cheers me up to just do something I am not supposed to do or don't think I am supposed to do. Like eat dessert before dinner or for dinner or setting up Christmas the first week of November :)

Travis and Teresa Wilson said...

Well I think you might have just convinced me to give in and decorate. I have been wanting to do it for a couple weeks. It looks beautiful!

natalie eve said...

i was actually thinking of decorating early, but once i put all my halloween decorations away and my house all the sudden felt clean and non cluttery, i think i may be able to wait until thanksgiving...

we'll see though.

Rachel said...

What a great idea! Maybe I need to go get one of those milkshakes to get me in the mood. ( :

The Heaps said...

Good for you! I'm glad you got some cheering up!
Luvs!

Rania said...

Nic, It's only the first week of November! I can't believe you already decorated for Christmas! If I have my tree up after Thanksgiving I'm pretty proud of myself! You never cease to amaze me!!! Love ya!

diana said...

haha, this is still making me laugh.

well, at least it looks good so you can enjoy it for the next TWO months!

Scarlett Baker said...

This is a beautiful RooM!!! Nicole Great JOB!!! I love your style girl :)