Just Life

Hello December.

Hello December,

It seems way too early to be saying those words. Honestly, for the first time in many years (at least the nine that I’ve documented here on the blog), I haven’t even been looking forward to seeing you.  And I’m not quite sure why. Usually, I’m full-on ready to start the holiday season as soon as we finish the dishes on Thanksgiving. But not this year.

And I even feel like I’m trying.

I’ve been playing fun Christmas songs with Charlie in the car since early November (special favorites include Ella Fitzgerald’s Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman). We watched Love Actually and the Grinch (the original one) on Thanksgiving. Holiday Lights! Katie and I planned Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (including menus). I’ve been spending time each morning with an Advent devotion. Sara has plane tickets to spend over a week here, beginning on Christmas Eve. (not to mention the countless number of red cups and holiday spice flat whites 😉

It’s not that I feel like a Grinch. I just don’t feel like it’s December. and I certainly don’t feel like Christmas is 24 days away.

This morning, I finally put the pumpkins that have been “decorating” our front porch since October into the trash. And then I went to Costco and bought a wreath. I figure nothing says “Welcome December” like fresh evergreens on my front door.

Charlie and I are going to the Angel Breakfast at church on Saturday morning. Then Marc and I have plans to get our tree on Sunday. (and hopefully I’ll get it and the rest of the house decorated next week!)

And hopefully I’ll snap out of this funk. Because you are one of my favorite months. I love so much about you: the twinkle lights. the hope and anticipation of Advent. the music. the stories. the hustle and bustle. celebrating traditions and making new memories. spending time with family. winding down the old year and looking forward to the new one.

So, what do you think, December? Can we do this? I’m counting on you!

xxoo, Mary

Joining up with Carole, Kat and the whole Think Write Thursday crew today.


  • Bonny

    I know you feel different this year than the previous nine, but that may not be a negative thing. You're not a Grinch, nor saying, "Bah, humbug", so maybe you can give yourself permission to feel however you're feeling. When the boys were little, I always decorated late because they thought that Santa was coming as soon as they saw a Christmas ornament, and I still continue that. So at the very least, you know at least one other person who probably won't begin decorating until mid-month. I bet that you will enjoy all the things you listed about December and your heart will be full; just let it happen in its own time.

  • Juliann

    I'm not feeling it either but then I am weary of answering the "no baby news?" Questions a gazillion times every day at work and just wanting to sit on my couch and knit and drink a nice glass of wine. That does sound kind of grinchy I guess. Hoping to snap out of it this weekend too.

  • Bridget

    Maybe once you get your tree, and decorations up, it will feel more like December. And maybe for whatever reason, you'll be able to savor it more once it feels like it's really here. I hope so!

  • Debbie

    I haven't begun decorating yet and will start next week. It always takes me a little while to transition from Thanksgiving to Advent & Christmas, so I take my time with everything. It's only the beginning of December-take your time, relax & enjoy the season as it unfolds.

  • margene

    Ella's Christmas (and Louis singing along, too) is my favorite style of Christmas music. December is hard when we're missing someone. Joy will find you. It will be a different Christmas, but there will still be light, love, family, and joy!

  • Kym

    It doesn't really feel like December here yet, either. 🙂 Some years, it takes me a while to get into the Christmas spirit — and other years, it really never quite takes hold. One thing for sure, though, it's coming! Your wreath is lovely — such a great start.

  • Honoré

    I feel your malaise…and am hoping that we both snap out. I think we just have to take it, each day as it comes…I love the wreath and off to Costco I shall go to get one for our front…Peace friend.

  • AsKatKnits

    My devotion today was all about Advent – anticipation, preparation, getting ready. May those thoughts fill your heart and help you embrace Advent. Christmas is coming, whether we want it or not – but what we can change is the internal preparation. Sending you love and peace – and anticipation for what December will bring. XO

  • Nancy

    Honore is right: malaise. I think many of us are feeling it, which is why I've already decorated outside. The tree's going up on Sunday, and Evan & Christina are joining us for tree-decorating! Love you in the photo with your wreath!