We had our first snow yesterday but it quickly turned into rain. Now everything is white, but it’s more like a freezing rain type of thing, but nonetheless, it is white, thus beginning to look at lot like Christmas! In less than 32 days! Sorry to all the “Grinches” out there, but this crazy Canuck loves Christmas!
Last year, was the first year I didn’t put up our Christmas tree. It didn’t feel like Christmas. I had put out some decorations, but no tree, because I had had surgery and with everything going on I didn’t really feel like it.
This year, again, there is lots going on in the family, but I will be putting up our tree. I just love the way it looks, with its lights, ornaments and everything else. I really do enjoy this time of year.
Last night, on our way home from errands, we drove on Ste-Catherine street and I felt like a kid! I was so excited to see all the trees decorated, the lights. McGill College Avenue, is gorgeous with all its trees of lights. Gorgeous, don’t you think? (and that was taken a few years back!)
I love Christmas and all that is related to Christmas. As I am getting older, not so much the family gathering, since I love to be home with Hubby and our cat, in our pjs, under my love throw and watching a good movie. But we can’t really stay that way; we have family duties and must see the relatives. It’s part of the deal.
On Hubby’s side of the family (on his mother’s to be more precise), we do a gift exchange. I’m almost all done with my shopping, since I shop all year-round. I’m one of “those” people who if I see something that I think you’d enjoy I’ll buy it then. I hate feeling rushed and I’m really not a big fan of crowds. I don’t get all flustered about Christmas shopping because I don’t really shop during that time, unless I really have to. For the past few years, Hubby’s aunt was taking care of assigning the people for the gift exchange. I hadn’t heard anything about it for this year, so I decided to take care of it.
Because of everything going on at the moment, I feel somewhat guilty to be looking forward to Christmas. It might be their last, for some. It won’t be an easy time yet again this year. Last year, we knew it was my MIL’s last. Emotions were running high. Before she died she asked that each of us picked something of hers that we’d like and we will be getting it this Christmas, as a gift from her. It will make for yet another emotional family gathering.
I know I shouldn’t feel guilty, but I do feel a little awkward being happy and giddy when there’s so much crap going on around me. And yet, I should be cherishing life and all that it has to offer, ‘cause who knows what it has in store, right?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. There is so much to give thanks for, isn’t it?
Image: McGill College Ave.