This week the season of Advent began; a season of watching and waiting for the Christ child. On Sunday, the town had their Christmas tree lighting and festival. Just outside my door, an entire town is decked out with garland up and down Main Street with little white lights twinkling on the trees and gazebo. There are times when I really do love living in town, and the Christmas season is one of them. The Santa visits will start soon, a tradition in this community. They use the fire truck and sound the siren, and slowly drive through town. The children run out and Santa is on the truck greeting them with candy. Everything is old fashioned, mainly because, well… it is old. There is not the money in town for something new and flashy. I found this vintage photo on pintrest and I had to look twice as it looks like the town where I live covered in snow. I love the old time traditions that communities have, don’t you?
My house is finally decked out for the Christmas season and just in time, a light dusting of snow fell last night. I decided to simplify the decorating this year, but I don’t think I did a very good job of cutting back. It took me a day to put away the fall and put out the Christmas, and yesterday I put fresh fir garland on the fence and picked holly to fill a basket. I spent the afternoon decorating the porch. All in all, it was another day of “putting up” Christmas. Oh well… it is lovely, and truth be told, I can’t imagine not doing all of this that I do.
Last night I sat by the fire drinking hot cocoa, the temperature dropped, and I ordered Christmas gifts for the little ones in our family. Forget the Black Friday craziness, this is how I prefer to shop! It really is fun to select the gifts and put together things that I think they will enjoy.
The teaching department where I work shuts everything down in December, so I am now on a bit of a holiday. I am looking forward to simply slowing down and enjoying all the comforts of this season and welcoming winter in slowly and softly.
And since we’ve no where to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
That is my little bit of news, now tell me, are you simplifying Christmas this year? Are there any Christmas traditions where you live?