And at the rate we’re going it won’t be long until we’re saying that about this Christmas. Now that we’re in November, the weather is heating up (and taking things a little far. I guess we’re just skipping spring again this year), Halloween decorations are gone so the Christmas decorations no longer have to share. Needless to say it doesn’t feel so ridiculous to be rehearsing Christmas carols any more. In fact, there are only three weeks until we kick off the Christmas countdown on the 1st of December with the City of Armadale’s Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Parade. Then exactly two weeks later on the 15th of December we are back with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s Community Christmas. It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
What says Christmas to you? Every year there are a few traditional markers that say the big day is on its way. I’ve already hit one of the big ones this week, that being a distinct lack of money in my account. Christmas shopping – fun but expensive. Christmas decorations going up, invitations to Christmas drinks/parties/do’s/shindigs (delete as applicable), rubbish TV Christmas movies (for which I have an inexplicable love – the tackier the better), everything winding up for the year, making more of an effort to see family and friends, all of these are part of the lead up to Christmas. And they are what makes this time of year special.
Of course with all of these familiar traditions happening at the same time, there are some who say Christmas is a bit repetitious. In some ways though, that can be part of the appeal. That it has been a year (already!) since you’ve done this or done that. This acknowledgement always makes you pause and take stock. Something which we forget to do while we’re racing through the year, trying to fit everything in, trying to get everything done.
So take time to enjoy this time of year. Even if this Christmas feels exactly like last Christmas all over again.