It is doubtful that we will see a White Christmas here where I live in the Wet West Coast of Canada, we were treated to an early sprinkle on December 7th, I still grabbed the opportunity to participate in some much needed holiday normality.
I have been trying to sink my claws into the holiday joy and delight that I used to know, while trying to avoid the pitfalls and traps of being an "adult" at Christmas. So I have been doing things a little differently this holiday season, taking back the holidays as best I can.
One of the best sayings I read in the last few years was that "Traditions are peer pressure from dead people" and somehow that made me laugh and feel like I had the power to make changes to how I do, celebrate and enjoy the holidays. My parents have both past, my kids are mostly grown and now young adults and somehow I still feel like a kid at Christmas, but was finding that I was feeling that Christmas spirit less and less over the years.
So this year, I bought myself three or four advent calenders and I really looked forward to getting out of bed each day, ok honestly I ordered one in the summer and I have misplaced it so that one when I find it will be ready
for next year. I got one that is tea, one that is candles and one that is Yule themed, the Anime Toy one is the one that is missing so it won't go bad when I do find it. The candle one I got post christmas sale last year for $5.99 and I have enjoyed lovely scented tea lights each morning. So I felt pretty spoiled and very blessed each morning to feel that excitment I used to get only Christmas morning.