It seems like right after the last candy corn disappears – we are full speed ahead into the Christmas. Around here, I really try to slow things down and make sure we enjoy all November has to offer.
I put out a few gourds and branches of colorful leaves in the front hallway, fill a few bowls with acorns we find on our walks and fire up those pumpkin and apple spice candles. We always try and make the Veterans Day parade and really stop and respect the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of November. And, and really I work to make the boys look forward to seeing family on Thanksgiving as well.
It’s sad I have to use the word “work” isn’t it? But with all the TV and print ads focusing on Christmas- and the stores being packed with Santas as far as the eye can see on November 1st- you really have to work hard to bring focus to the month we are living in as opposed to the one coming up. Not a day goes by that I don’t grumble that November is not a prequel to Christmas- we need to pay attention to Thanksgiving, gosh darn it! This is not to say that I don’t think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving- but I think it’s really important not to let the joy of this holiday season get lost in the anticipation of the December holiday.