So the other day I was all, “Bah! Humbug! Let’s not start celebrating Christmas too soon!”
Well, today my house is all decked out in Christmas decorations.
It turns out, I have small children.
Christmas Is Irresistible to Small Children
The lights! The decorations! The colors! The traditions!
It was all I could do to keep our kids from writing their letters to Santa and los Reyes Magos before Thanksgiving.
(Quick aside: in Spain–and many other countries–the Three Kings bring gifts on January the 6th. Since our Bug’s birthday is January the 8th, we put in a special request to their majesties to come on New Year’s Day. They’re very obliging.)
And so, we pulled out the box of Christmas decorations. We took one look at it and decided it was too meager.
Thankfully, Trader Joe’s had pretty table wreaths. And Target had adorable decorations. And the Bear needed his own Christmas stocking! (Shockingly, I haven’t made him one until now…)
What About the Humbug??
Believe me, there’s still plenty of humbug in me!
But it is true that the kids’ excitement for Christmas is infectious. As we put up our mix of sentimental old decorations and new mass-produced ones, I felt a bit of that humbug melt away.
I was reminded of my favorite Christmas decorations growing up. The beautiful glockenspiel. The brass angel candle holders. My parents’ modern wooden nativity scene.
I remember how magical they seemed to me. How taking them out and polishing them each year sparked the magic of the Christmas season.
So I let a bit of the humbug go.
But not enough…
To put up the tree yet! DARN IT, I WILL NOT YIELD!