Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Its December?

I'm having a hard time believing that today is the first day of December. How did that happen? It was just a few months ago I was winding down the summer of me, a few weeks ago that I was planning a Halloween bonfire with friends. Now I'm writing this post while basking in the soft glow of lights coming from the Christmas tree and intertwined with garland on the banister, listening to instrumental Christmas music playing softly in the background. It's December.

As I flipped the calendar I took inventory of this last month of 2009--handwritten reminders scrawled across blocks of days reminding me of the holiday break (like I could forget that), birthdays noted with red ink, certain days circled with friends names and times in purple ink, random post-its stuck haphazardly to the very edge with notes only I can decipher. There are work holiday luncheons, friend gatherings, birthday celebrations. Cookies need to be baked, cards have to be addressed (Which reminds me, do I have your address? If not you should probably email it to me.), wrapping to be done (perhaps shopping should be finished first). A bridal shower that has many elements that need to come together and of course the simple act of simply breathing to take every moment in.

Normally, both the sight of the calendar and just knowing all the things that need to be done would find me wanting to dive into bed and hide under the covers or at the very least reaching for a bottle (or two) of wine (or beer). But its December! Christmas is right around the corner, holiday movies are on tv, Bing Crosby is crooning on the radio -- how can I be anything but peaceful and content.

I know the next several days and these last few weeks will fly by. I know that I won't get everything completed that I've hoped to accomplish. I am sure there will be a batch or two of cookies burnt. I'm sure there will be moments I'm completely overwhelmed and frustrated. There will be times I look back over the past several months at what I did or didn't do causing me to be a bit wistful or nostalgic. But its December and the most wonderful time of the year (at least that's what Andy Williams told me).

17 comments:

Pam said...

The last two months have just flown by for me...I can't believe it's already December.

EP said...

I completely second this post. I cannot believe how quickly the past few months have flown by, and I cannot believe it is already December.

I won't lie -- I am STOKED about Christmas baking and spending time with family and friends during this time. I just hope we can all savor it, as we both know this time will fly by, too.

Elle Bee... said...

I cannot believe it's December. There are decorations aplenty around campus, but the lack of snow is strange. I don't have time for Christmas shopping or carols or baking. I will sadly not be putting up a tree this year. However, I do have the Boy's Christmas party on Saturday! Though I may want to die at that point, I'll be there will bells on (possibly literally).

Kyla Roma said...

Andy wouldn't lie to you =)

I'm so excited that it's December already, but I feel like it should still be months away! I can't wait to head west & then come back, rest up, bake up a storm & fully embrace the loveliness of this gentle part of the winter.

jnyfritz said...

i was just talking to my sister about this, really, i just replied to her email two seconds ago about the very same thing...december and how she is in kind of a funk because of holiday stress, which i totally understand perhaps we should all make lots of cookies and sit around a christmas tree...

nory said...

I "hear, hear!" this post. I can't believe it's time for fun holiday secrets, endless decorating, holiday parties, the Salvation Army bell ringers and more. It's here! It's finally here! And 23 days until Christmas? Well, that's just insane.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

So funny that we touched on the same stuff today! BTW, I write birthdays down in my calendar in red ink, too!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I know the feeling!! I CAN'T believe it's December! Insane... I know the next month is going to FLY by but I actually really don't want it to! I want to go home and have the three weeks that I'm home last forever :)

Kay* said...

i know! this year went so incredibly fast! i made incredible progress in some parts and....not so much in other parts...but before you know it we'll be counting down to 2010!

mycynicalpov said...

To me, it seems like it was just Halloween. Then Thanksgiving came and went, and before we know it, Christmas will be over, too. I want to savor December. I just have to figure out how! :)

amanda said...

and well, if you're going to listen to anyone, it might as well be andy williams!

tis the season. embrace in all the hectic cheer. it's the best.

smooochies.

{our chat was da bomb, girl!}

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I can't believe it's December either. The year has flown by and it doesn't FEEL like it should be December since there is no snow on the ground. Not that I am complaining about that - I am loving this mild weather. But it just doesn't feel like it should already be December.

I need to work on focusing on the peace and joy of this season and soaking it all in. I have had a really stressful week at work and I haven't done a good job of relaxing and keeping things in perspective... so thanks for this post that reminds me that this is truly the most wonderful time of the year!!

MeLaNiE said...

I agree! How is it December? Oh well, we need to enjoy every moment!

Little Fish said...

I feel like I blinked and this whole year flew by. Crazy!

Frank said...

It finally feels like December since it snowed today, but for the past few days it's been almost 50 degrees during the day. I should not be able to go running in shorts this close to Christmas!

Auburn Kat said...

I've been listening to a lot of Christmas music to try and improve my mood. It's definitely helped me from thinking too much!

fuchsiag said...

I know how you feel - I can't believe how quickly it's come either!!