It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
     Everywhere you go...

Finally! I realize it seems ridiculous to feel like I am late in getting my Christmas decorations up and it's only December 9th but for some reason I just feel like I am running behind. And really, I'm not. I never start putting things out until December.

True story. All my life we'd start decorating within the first couple of weeks of December and Christmas night it would all get taken down and put away.

Gasp!

Until we started celebrating Advent I did the same thing. I was ready to get my house back in order...ready for calm...and blank space. Decorating comes slower now though and somehow I just don't mind the tree being up until Epiphany. Although I will admit that when it's all said and done I am glad for the quiet barrenness that inevitably follows.

This year has been different in that I couldn't wait to get the stuff out of the attic so I was pretty happy to at least get the mantle decorated today. It's also been different in that I may or may not have actually listened to Christmas music before Thanksgiving...a major rule I have enforced with all the gusto of a drill sergeant with new recruits on the first day of basic training. I will neither confirm nor deny this though, lest my children find out and I never hear the end of it.

DPP 2014 Advent Christmas



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