Christmas in July

Christmas in July

I went into a craft mega store yesterday that I love because it is jam packed with crafts, ideas, decorations, themes, colors and smells.  I can spend hours in there.  In fact, I have.

I was especially excited on this visit when I started seeing 80% off signs on summer stuff.  So I was really in my shopping groove when I turned the corner and I saw it….

The reason for the big sale was the cleaning out of several aisles of goods in order to put out all the Christmas decorations, trees, wreaths, nativities and all the other Christmas decorations that make the season so great!

As you can tell, I love Christmas!

And I appreciate that the ideas are out in July.  Some people may be dismayed to see Christmas out before Halloween and Thanksgiving–but I think it’s brilliant.

The free enterprise system is telling us how wonderful our economy is this year! The optimism is amazing.  The idea that we are all doing so well that we can plan ahead to these upcoming holidays is heartening.

And I am all in!

When I got home–I sat down to make my Christmas list.  Not the gifts I want to receive–that list is a hard one–but the people I want to find the perfect gifts for.

I love looking for things for others that they may love and are not expecting.  Each year that is getting harder and harder to do. There is so much available so quickly to everyone that finding the perfect gift for the people that mean the most to us is quite the challenge.

That is probably why so many people dread the holidays!  They procrastinate and wait until the last minute to get inspired on what to get their friends and family and then run around crazy looking for the perfect gift.

Of course, as hokey as it sounds–there is also nothing like a home made gift.  At the very least it is original, customized to the person receiving the gift and can not be found on Amazon.

So my excitement aside–and the great craft mega store addiction–let’s remember how magical Christmas can be–even when the feelings come in July!

It’s a wonderful life!

How do you feel about Christmas?  Drop me a comment! And have fun!

 

My Favorite “F” Word

My Favorite “F” Word

Happy Friday everyone!  I was thinking how most people love Fridays!  And I have to admit I like Fridays too because it is the end of the work week for me and gives me a chance to recharge my batteries over the weekend.

But really Thursdays are pretty good days and I don’t mind Wednesdays too much.  And if I have an exciting week planned–Mondays don’t bother me at all!

So I was thinking of the TGIFs in my life.  Why TGIFs?  Why Thank God it’s Friday?  I thank God every day–that I got another day!

And I started thinking of the “F” words that I like–french fries, frogs, frequent flyer miles…and I landed on my favorite: Family.

My favorite “F” word is Family. As long as I can remember I have had a very close bond with family, my family and with my husband’s family as well.

That is not to say we like everyone in our family–we love them, but you know, we don’t always like them all.

After all, Families are really just a collection of people either related by blood or some legal process like marriage.  And people, you know…are all different, regardless of the blood they carry or the piece of paper that binds them.

Some of my family, who I hold dear to my heart and adore, are not even my family–by blood, paper or any other way.  These are my life long friends, some are my parents’ life long friends, who have known me all my life, and who have been there for my children’s lives–who are like my aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters and cousins!

These family members are often closer to us than family family–not because we love them more, but sometime simply because of geography, proximity and frequency.

They are special to us, because they know the “us” we were as children. They may be people who walked along with us and shared our childhoods. They watched us grow and go through awkward times. They were witness to our triumphs. We leaned on them when we needed someone to hold us up and push us forward. Without being asked, just because.

That is what family does.

And once in a while new friends come into your life as well that you do not know for a lifetime–that don’t remember the “you” from grade school with the big buck teeth, the high school “you” with the big hair (ah, the 80’s!) or the “you” you were when you made some big blundering mistake in life–and you click!

They become the new additions to the family–that you know will be around for the next phase in this wonderful ride of life.

Now, I’m not talking about people that come and go through our lives that we may know for a short time.  I mean the people we share a bond with, that we care about, worry about, celebrate achievements with and those we help when help is needed.

I’m talking about the people in our lives that call us up right when we need them to, help us through our own journeys, smile, laugh and cry with us.

Those folks get the title “family” in my book–because like my own real blood family–we can disagree, argue, enjoy, annoy, have fun with, feel obligated to, responsible for–and no matter what–they are our people.

And so on this Friday–I celebrate the “F” word–my family, in all it’s messy, confusing, incomprehensible, wonderful, fulfilling and crazy glory we live in.

Take some time today to reach out to your family–and let’s make this a TGFF (Thank God For Family!) day!

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