Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's here! It's here!

A Happiest of Holidays to YOU!!!

It's time! It's happening! It's sleigh bells and reindeer and children with big eyes and decorations and cookies and stockings and gatherings and glitter and tinsel and bows and trees and magic and did I already mention cookies...?

I love Christmas. I love Christmas so much that I get like a little child when it begins. When I was younger I used to decorate my bedroom door with wrapping paper. I love wandering the streets as it gets dark, warm beverage in one hand, shopping bags in the other, watching the lights twinkle. I am blessed to be a part of a large family so I love the excitement of going to someone's house and being together for dinner.

A few years ago I was stricken with a very serious case of Mono at the beginning of December. (That's Glandular Fever to those of you from this side of the pond!) I came home from the doctor's, got on the couch and stayed there pretty much until the end of February. When you are bedridden in December in North America you watch a lot of Christmas specials! I watched "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and "The Year Without a Santa Claus," and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," and "The Muppet Christmas Carol," and many, many, many more. It wasn't long before I realized that every single one of them had the same message: keep Christmas in your heart all year long.

It makes me sad to hear that there are people who don't like Christmas. They cite the pressure and the commercialism and many other reasons. I feel like giving the whole world a little shake. Whether or not you believe in Christ or the Nativity or even in Santa, I think that there is something to be learned in this season: be nice to each other, take care of each other, spoil each other a little. The Muppets sing that "wherever you find love you will find Christmas," and I believe them. So I hope that in the next few weeks you will find some peace and goodwill towards men (and women) along with your twinkle lights and shortbread.

Ho - Ho - Ho!

11 comments:

Laini Taylor said...

Lovely post, Meg, and I feel the same way about Christmas and I agree that it isn't all about the Nativity, etc, even though Christians probably think it should be. I am not Christian or anything else, and for me the holiday is a time for family and traditions, and I LOVE it too!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I wish I could say I'm in the holiday mood, but it just hasn't arrived for me yet. I've tried--holiday open houses, tree lightings, Christmas concerts, even listening to CDs. It's not something you can manufacture from within and I wish it would inhabit me already!

deirdre said...

Oh, I needed this. I'm having a terrible time with Christmas this year. Partly because of all that's happened in the last year or so, partly because I just feel a disconnect from the cheer I want to feel. I'm hoping the humbug will pass soon. Maybe a Christmas movie...

Anonymous said...

Hmmm lovie-this is good.
I think I will go out and look for those xmas specials on sale and maybe make a Meggie tradition with the little one to watch them:)

Can't wait to talk to you today love.
XOXOXOXO

la vie en rose said...

i haven't really been in the spirit yet but after reading this i wanted to rush home, throw on some carols (preferably dean martin or diana krall) and start decorating the tree...

love you sweetness...

Anonymous said...

this, sweetie, made me LAUGH OUT LOUD and get all fizzy for christmas. what a wonderful post - i love how you got so excited. your enthusiasm is totally contagious - thank you so much.
:)

(hug)

ceanandjen said...

Your excitement is infectious! I wish you all of those wonderful things as well. Have a blessed wonderful season, and loads and loads of warm Christmas fun!!!!

Anonymous said...

True words were never spoken. Follow this thought and the world will be a better place for all.

b/sistersshoes said...

"It's the most wonderful time of the Year!!!"

What a beautiful photo!

warm thoughts
XXXOOO
darlene

Alexandra S said...

Megg,
Can you email me your mailing address on the double so I can send you a card? thanks!!!

Colleen said...

Merry Christmas Meg!!!! I'm in the Christmas spirit too! Have a safe and happy flight home! See you soon!!!!!!