I know, I know it's still early November and I personally think it's too early to start watching Christmas movies and decorating. But when it's raining like this, I can't help but think of the Christmas season and I feel all giddy like I'm a kid again. I'm from CA and so it rains at Christmastime.... the snow is mostly cool here in Provo, but it's still the rain that really gets me into the season. It seems every year, when going Christmas shopping in my hometown, it rains and for me that just sets the mood.
I got to tell you, I know I'm going to start listening to Christmas music soon, because once this giddiness starts, it's hard for me to let go. I can't help it. I know some of you might disapprove of starting so soon. "You gotta wait until after Thanksgiving" but I still celebrate Thanksgiving. And I think I give it appropriate attention. For the days around it, I spend my time thinking about the first Thanksgiving and what I am and should be thankful for. It's still an important holiday.
But there's a Christmas season and it seems to f l y by for me... faster and faster each year too. I've heard lots of different ideas of when the Christmas Season officially starts, ie September 1st because it's the start of the -ber months or the Sunday nearest to Nov. 30 because it's the start of Advent (maybe I have that all wrong).
For me each year it starts at different time. There is no offical start time in my head. It happens when it happens. You start noticing it within the people around you. People seem more bright and cheery. And you start to think that just maybe we're all wishing for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. (Or maybe I just get more cheesy around this time!! )
Anyway... (this is longer than I anticipated) I'm still excited for the season and really happy about the rain today!
And that I have the day off work!!