Lynne Marshall is revising her holiday lists with Thursday Talk-time...
It begins around U.S. Thanksgiving. The ads appear, reminding me that Uncle Leo can’t live without that new aftershave, and Nana should get signed up for that service in case she falls. The sexy man in evening tux informs me that without that huge rock of a diamond, I’ll never know if my husband truly loves me or not, and the same for hubby if I overlook that ridiculously large flat screen TV.
Then the decorations pop up all over town. I frantically search for my note pad and begin to scribble down my plans. Get the tree-trimming boxes out of the attic, set up the Advent calendar, call so-and-so about the wreaths, say yes to that holiday luncheon, remember to drop by the Christmas boutique, buy holiday cards and don’t forget the tree, pick up dinner!
And speaking of dinner, the Christmas dinner list is long and daunting: Who to invite; what to serve – turkey or prime rib? Why not both? Side dishes 1-5. Desserts, at least two, why not three? Oh, jot this down – since it becomes first on the New Years list – find out how much it costs to join the gym!
Now, on to the “gifts for the family” list. Collect immediate and extended family sizes, favorite colors, likes and dislikes. If only I’d kept the list from last year! Try not to get confused about whether Emily likes knit scarves and Gina hates them, or is that vice versa? And if I ask either of them to clarify, they’ll know what I have in mind, which will take all the fun out of buying it for them. OK, make a list of who to ask to surreptitiously find out which is which. Have a back up list, in case I was dead wrong about who likes what. Make a techie list in the event no one wants traditional gifts this year. Buy all new wrapping paper! Start a list on potential part time jobs in 2011 to help pay for the Christmas shopping sprees.
Does any of this ring a bell for the rest of you? I thought it might. To offset this crazy time of year, maybe I should chuck all those other lists and start one more that begins:
1. Take time to smell the pine trees.
2. Enjoy the music of the season.
3. Be sure to tell the people I love how special they are.
4. Simple acts of kindness touch people’s hearts.
5. Spend more time with family and friends.
6. Visit someone who doesn’t have relatives nearby.
7. Remember the reason for the season.
8. Don’t forget it’s the little things that mean the most.
9. Slow down!
This one is a hangover from Thanksgiving
10. Don’t forget to be grateful for my many blessings.
Hey, here’s one last list I’d love you to help me make: A list of movies to watch this holiday season. I have a few in mind, but I’d love to add more. Share your top three Christmas-themed movies for a chance to win my current release – The Christmas Baby Bump.
And the last item on my list today is to wish you, one and all, a joyous holiday season! May you spend it in good health, surrounded by those you love.