Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Christmas Spirit


Missy, here. Yes, you read my title correctly. :) It's not quite Christmas in July. But I'm already thinking about Christmas because our church choir has started working on our Christmas cantata! We actually start in September, but tonight (I'm writing this on Wednesday), the spirit really hit me as we sang songs based on Christmas carols. In early November, we'll have an all day retreat to work on the cantata. We dress in our Christmas clothes and set up an artificial tree. We do presents as door prizes. :) It's always so much fun!

After tonight's practice, I find myself starting to think about decorations. About spending time with extended family. About baking. And thinking of gifts to buy/make.

When do you start thinking about the holidays?

10 comments:

  1. Missy,
    My sister and I exchange the holidays that we have the family for dinner. This year we will be at her home for Thanksgiving and mine for Christmas. So I usually start thinking about the holidays in September. This year, my daughter, son and his fiance are cooking Christmas dinner for my entire family - there are 23 of us - and this will be their Christnas gift to the family. :)

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  2. Oh, wow, Edwina! That sounds so fun!! Your kids are brave souls. :) That's a huge undertaking. But it will be so special.

    Just remind them to remove the giblet bag from inside the turkey! I baked them in the turkey my first time. hehe

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  3. Missy, I don't know if I ever actually stop thinking about the holidays :) I just love them! This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. Yum! Love the idea of your choir Christmas celebration/practice, sounds fun!

    Edwina, your celebrations sound like wonderful family events!

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  4. Me too, Missy! I can't help but think abt Christmas. It will be here b4 we know it. I love the photo. It looks so inviting.

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  5. My daughter has already started talking about looking forward to Christmas. I guess we all tend to think about off and on during the year. Maybe because it's usually a happy, homey time.

    Although, I know for some, it can be a sad time.

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  6. Well, I posted once and it disappeared so if my comment pops up twice...sorry.

    Growing up my mom always told me that I had to give thanks before I could receive gifts. You know, celebrate Thanksgiving (focusing on what God has done for us) before Christmas (focusing on what He or others give to us). To this day I really don't focus on anything Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Then, I'm ready to put up a tree, wrap gifts, make plans and sing carols.

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  7. You know, Dianna, I'm usually the same way. I don't like to cheat Thanksgiving. I never decorate until the first of December, and it's usually a week or so into December.

    This year, for some reason, I really feel the tug!

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  8. I always wait until after thanksgiving too, good thing ours is this weekend ;) Seriously though I wait until after Halloween :)

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  9. I actually don't have a set time. It's definitely in December, but it's been anywhere from the first week to Christmas Eve depending on our kid schedule. Since all are either in college or married (or both) we work toward when the most can be available for hiking out to get the tree, decorate, and plan. Then we have a Christmas Eve Tea tradition. So as long as it's all in place for Christmas Eve, I'm okay with it :-) And I don't do big decor. I do BIG food :-)
    Angie

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  10. Went to eat at Cracker Barrel last night, and they had Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas stuff all over the place! It was chaotic and crazy, but so fun to shop!

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