So it seems winter is officially upon us! The days are shorter, the nights are colder and my children are making their endless lists to Santa... as I begin the endless intimidation and threat to call Santa and tell him they are being naughty! **Evil Snicker**
I must admit though the winter/holiday season has always been my favorite, weather you celebrate tradition holidays or no holidays or even the less main stream holidays, no matter who you are the holiday season seems to make everyone feel more intimate with their loved ones.... take your mind out of the gutter, I mean close or connected. But then again who are we kidding... the coldness and limited outside activities does lead to a lot of summer time births! :)
As my children make their lists to Santa and I prepare for my tradition 3am Black Friday Shopping trip to save a few bucks, I start to feel a little bit of that holiday stress... Finding those coveted toys, at the sought-after prices, can be a bit daunting as my boys are coming into that stage where boy toys become ludicrously priced and competitive to acquire!
But I would only be kidding myself, if I didn't admit the holiday rush, and the high expectations I hold myself to when it comes to finding the toys on their lists at a better prices then any other moms out their find is as a incredibly exciting and a almost addicting hobby to me!
The rush, rush, rush of Thanksgiving preparation and expectation that I put upon myself to create great food and try new recipes that are harder and technically challenging from scratch is high point for me in the winter season. In fact after New Years, I am willing to admit I get a bit of the New Year blues!
No reason to get together for big fun, fancy meals with family. No major reason to go buy gifts that put smiles on kids faces. No count downs to anything major for months. Since I was very young, my mother has always said, my life is a constant count down to the next big thing. As an adult I can say, I have not changed. The only problem with that is... I can hear that song, final count down playing in my head, as I realize as an adult its all one big count down with a expiration date. Wow, thats a bit morbid Shirley!
Ok, Nows A Good Time For A Subject Change!!!
Gathering around the ol' TV as a family at night... remember those good ol' days when family's use to actually spend the night reading books and intellectually growing together... wow, are those days gone. Instead you can find my little family gathered around a t.v. laughing together and Kevin and I hoping that certain jokes still go above our children's heads and in and out their ears as having to answer the "where do babies come from?" question from our 5 year old was as much as we care to explain to him for awhile... someone hand that child a book and send him to bed at 5pm please!
So Yay for the winter season and yay till later!