Friday, November 15, 2019

In a hurry for Christmas?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett


Earlier this week, we had a BIG snowstorm. The official inch count at the airport was 8 inches. I live closer to Lake Ontario, and I'm sure we got at least a foot of snow. (I know because I was out there with the snowblower cleaning up after Plow Man.)

We don't usually get this much snow until January. We're taking a 4 foot-high pile of snow at the top of our driveway--which will never melt until spring. We might get warmer temps next week, but they will be in the 30s. You can't melt that much snow in just a few days. I have no idea where Plow Man is going to put the snow for the rest of season. You see, we have an L-shaped driveway, and if there's nowhere else to put the snow, Mr. L will never get his car out of the garage for the rest of the winter.

Oh, and did I mention that I absolutely LOATHE winter?

So, outside all my windows is what's known as a winter wonderland. That makes me want to nestle in and think about celebrating the holidays. Only ... Thanksgiving is a full week later than usual this year. I usually put up my tree the week AFTER Thanksgiving, but that means it would be December 7th instead of like the 24th or so of November.

Excuse me, but I don't want to wait that long to put up my Christmas tree. And I've got a craft sale on Black Friday (Nov. 29th) this year, so I can't even put the tree up on that day. And we spend our weekends in our downstairs pub on weekends...so what's a holiday-loving person supposed to do?

Mr. L isn't thrilled, but we agreed that we would put the tree up BEFORE Thanksgiving. This is a first. In our 28 years of marriage, this is the very first time we're putting the tree up BEFORE Thanksgiving. He'd not thrilled.  Me? YAY!!!!!

Will we get sick of the decorations? Probably not, because we spend our days in our offices. The Christmas stuff is upstairs, and on weekends, we'll be downstairs in our pub. (We do have a 2-food tree, but it's only got lights, not ornaments.)

How are you going to cope with the shortened Christmas season?

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Miss Merry said...

When our kids were young, we would go to a Christmas tree farm on Christmas Eve and cut down our live tree. That evening we would decorate it and then it would stay up until Epiphany. Now I usually put the artificial tree up in early December. But this year I want to turn my house into Whoville for my grandchildren. Since they will be here the day before Thanksgiving (which is now some kind of school holiday) I think we will put the tree up then.