I went into Hobby Lobby the other day where I saw they already had out several isles of Christmas ornaments and garland. Also in abundance was the fall decor. Now, I know it is 1000 degrees out side (1200 with the heat index), but I can't help but have a little excitement thinking about the holidays already.
I realize most people can't stand it when stores begin putting out the holiday stuff so early, but I love it. I think there is a huge Garden Ridge in San Antonio that has it up all year long. I would move there if I could talk Terry into it! Anyway, around the beginning of July, I will make it very cold in the car or house and put on a little "Joy to the World" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". I'm not ready for Christmas, as a matter of fact I am really enjoying this summer with the girls. Swimming, playing on the swingset, going to the park- it is all great fun. But, just knowing such a fun time with family is coming up and the things I get to share with my kids this year make my heart beat a little faster.
I won't be purchasing any real Christmas stuff until after Halloween (it's a policy of mine), but I will be planning! This year in particular I am thinking about how to help Reia experience Christmas with a combination of how I did when I was a kid, and also get her to experience the real reason for Christmas. I read Lisa Whelchel's book "The Adventure of Christmas" last year, but it was too late for me to incorporate many of her ideas. (If you have been having a hard time trying to figure out how to get your kids into the true spirit, it is a great read with worthwhile ideas.) I think we may even make our own ornaments, paper chain garland and popcorn garland this year.
So, don't comment and tell me I am nuts--I know this already. Quite frankly, I think I get it from my dad who does the same Christmas music in July thing. I am ok with that. And just so you know, the minute Christmas is over, I am ready for spring! Gotta love the seasons. =)