Fall is here! No matter what the calendar says, no matter what the weather does, the change of seasons is upon us. I went into the store for fall-themed cakes and candy corn. What tipped me off that I was behind the times were the pallets of Christmas trees waiting to be set up.
What happened to fall dances and drives with the family to see the leaves changing? Where did the excitement go for making rainy days cozy on the couch with hot chocolate and a movie? We are slapped in the face with Hallowe'en while shopping for back-to-school supplies. Our mailboxes are swamped for about two days after with Thanksgiving sales, and then the Christmas blitz begins.
Call me old-fashioned, but I yearn for the Norman Rockwell postcard Thanksgiving dinner and the time-travel worthy Thomas Kincaid candlelit Christmases. I am an incurable romantic. I admit it. I want time to enjoy each season of life as it comes and not rush headlong into the next thing before we have finished the first. I love Christmas, but even I can wait until after Thanksgiving dinner to put up the Christmas tree with the family that has gathered. At my house, I plan to slow this crazy life down a bit and celebrate each thing that comes with joyful expectation, surrounded by the people I love.