A Jew, a Hindu and a Wiccan all come to the House of Tabletop Christmas Trees. It sounds like the set up for a joke, but it's what happened yesterday when I hosted my quilt group. I thought I might be the only one who celebrates Christmas, but while I am the only practicing Christian, we all observe Christmas to some extent.
I even got out my small collection of Christmas dishes. Long, long ago, I had a group of grad school friends who gathered each Saturday to stitch. One year we went to a house where we had cappuccino served in glass Christmas mugs, which I thought was the epitome of festiveness. Years later, when I saw a similar set at an after-Christmas sale at Williams-Sonoma, I snatched it right up. I have a set of 4 dessert plates, and 2 non-matching larger plates with a Christmas tree.
Now that I'm in a much smaller house, I question the wisdom of having stuff designed for just one season--but for now, I still have them, and it makes me happy to use them.
While we were gathered, a cold front came through--with rain and gloominess, so it was great to be inside. Last night, it was too chilly to linger long on the front porch.
It is hard to believe that two weeks from now will be Christmas Eve. I always say that my favorite time of year is mid-September until late December: so many great holidays, so many reasons to feel festive, such a welcome changes of weather (back and forth, from summer to winter and points in between), and so many memories.
Only yesterday have I found time to sit and listen to a whole Christmas CD. It was great to have time to sit and catch up with friends, while listening to Christmas music. While others feel sad that I don't have a traditional tree, like past years, I am happy that in every direction I look, a tree twinkles at me.
In past years, I've made use of Christmas greenery, and often ended the Christmas season with an oozy, goopy eye. I'm allergic to pine, and last year, we spent every evening on the porch, surrounded by pine boughs. By Christmas, I could hardly see out of my eye, my allergic reaction was so bad.
This year, I bought small rosemary bushes cut in a Christmas tree shape for the front porch. So far this season, my eye is fine.
I can't say the same for my eating healthy goals. On Friday, at our Holiday Open House Meet and Greet, I ate far too many cookies from Trader Joe's. I bought them because I am usually not interested in mass produced cookies, but they were surprisingly delicious.
Ah well, far too soon it will be time to get back to more sensible ways. Still let me look for ways to insert some sanity into my work days this week--we don't have any festive events at work this week.
Let us take some time today, before the holidays' hectic schedule completely overtakes us, to sit and contemplate the beauty and the mystery of the season.