Anyway, for some reason, we're in a funk here this year. It's December 9th and we have no lights, no tree, not a Who singing in Who-ville. I could blame it on my 88-year old mother breaking her ankle recently, because I loaded what seemed like my entire kitchen to cook in Mom's house on Thanksgiving this year. Or I could blame it on our daughter, who flew home from college the night before Thanksgiving, but needed us to drive her 9 hours back to college on Black Friday to move her into her new place. But most likely it's that I've been busier than usual with an unexpected spate of activities and a gaggle of new friends I'm trying to keep up with, in addition to my comfy, regular crowd. In short, I've had a life refocusing on me and my husband.
This January, Mr. Curtis and I will once more be empty nesters, as the last of our three children
returns to college (yes, we have 3 in college at the same time - was that bad planning or what?). It seems odd, very much like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree - sparse and lacking energy, but ready to be filled with beloved ornaments and tinsel.
And so, as I try to make lists and check them twice, as I collect the pre-requisite store coupons and read Daily Deals in my inbox, I find myself longing for the raucous laughter of the neighborhood kids, the long hours spent in my camp chair watching soccer games or sitting on the bleachers. Those were the days when every minute was packed and precious. I have Bandaids in the bathroom that are yellowing with age and water-stained copies of children's books, like Green Eggs & Ham and Where the Wild Things Are, collecting dust. And I have minutes to myself, books to read, a husband to love, a holiday to plan...and yet, I haven't planned or read books or sat down with a glass of wine.
And so this weekend, I decided to make a new tradition - one filled with love and excitement! When my kids come home on December 21, we'll be heading out to shop together and coming home to decorate together. We may even buy a real tree!
Every transition can use a new twist on tradition. I think I've found mine. So I don't care how many days are left until Christmas. I'm counting down to the 21st (12 more days if you don't count today). What's your twist on the Christmas Countdown?
|Enjoy the multigenerational family stories of Harmony Valley by Melinda Curtis.|
Dandelion Wishes (Book1, out now), Summer Kisses (Book2, Feb2014), Season of Change (Book3, May2014)