I awoke this morning to the shrill sound of the alarm clock. The Thanksgiving holiday is over and life returns to "normal", at least for the next week or two. Christopher will not purchase a parking permit until after this semester ends so we will be taking him to classes and picking him up each evening (the prorated cost will be cheaper in January)... yawn. How we wish he could have held on to the employee parking permit until that time.
Our first significant snow is in the forecast for later this week. I have a love-hate relationship with snow. LOVE the way it looks here in the country, HATE driving on slick roads. :)
Once I arrive home, I plan to assemble the Christmas tree, keep the blog up on the laptop to listen to Christmas music... and start the process of going down memory lane as beloved ornaments are brought out of their containers and carefully placed on the tree. This year I have a few more vintage ornaments found at Goodwill to tuck among the branches.
Over the years I have scaled down my decorations a great deal but I still have plenty. Those which are left are either the most important as far as nostalgia, their decorative appeal, or in the case of the tacky musical snowmen on a sled... I am reminded of the person who gave the item to me (in this case, my sister Bonnie). :)
Decorating the house cost me only time and no money since I do have quite a collection of decorations. This year I don't plan on decorating as much as usual but I will make certain the most important items are displayed.
There are so many things we can do for the Season which requires no money. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent a couple delightful evenings curled up on the living room sofa listening to the concerts PBS was showing. My husband watched one of his favorite Christmas movies (Ebbie) Sunday afternoon.
Everything we do this year has to be cost free but there is a great deal available. If our Christmas spirit depended on how much money we could spend then we may as well become like Scrooge. Instead candles are lit, music is played, the tree is decorated, tea is brewed, movies are watched, books are read, prayers are said, thanks is given to the Giver of all life... and since we are picking up our son after dark... brightly lit homes are appreciated.
It's all in the attitude...