I know many of you will not understand this. But I’m beginning my decorating next week. Yes, for
Christmas. Yes, I know it’s early. But, for this first time since Mom left, I feel tickled. Giggles that you can’t
stop, tickled. Deep down belly laughing, giddy excitement, tickled! You get the picture.
Here’s the thing… The year after Mom left, (remember, I hate the word died. She’s
not dead, she just doesn’t live on this planet.)I waited until the last minute and only did minimal
decorating around my house. The season was heavy and quiet and there were so many tears. Sad tears.
Last year, I started early. I decorated the house by myself remembering Mom as I unpacked the snowmen
she’d given me or hung a handpainted ornament on the tree. That week was an important step in my
journey of grief.
Well, now we’re coming up on almost 3 years since I’ve seen my sweet mom, and I miss her every single
day. Some days with tears but most days with very tender, sacred memories. And this year, I have to tell
you what’s happened!
Low and behold, Someone has brought me good tidings of great Joy!
I’m a little a lot excited about Christmas!
Ya know what it is? It’s those joy butterflies all decked out in their Seasonal finery! I really thought those
fluttering little creatures were gone for good, at least during the Christmas season. But guys, I’m just gonna
go with it…don’t cha think?
Now, to further my excitement to near hysteria, The Husband’s takin me to Stone Mountain this weekend.
(Remember, they claim to have a zillion and one lights, and I have lost 6 months of my life “Price-Lining”
that darn hotel!
So, when I get back…Katie bar the door-
I’ll be a twinkle-light totin, stocking hangin, decorating maniac!
(I’m writing really Southern today, with all the totin and hangin..sorry)
Now, don’t go rollin (oops!) your eyes at me! I promise that you’ll get one of two things if you keep
checkin checking in next week…EITHER: you’ll get an idea or two you can use OR: you’ll feel so much
better about yourself because you’re not like me!!! Either one is good right?
(And if you’re feelin helpful you can give me ideas to keep my house from looking like Clark W.
Love~love~love… Christmas is coming! Can I get a witness?!?!?
When do you start decorating? Please play nice here, don’t make fun of me too much!!!