Let me preface this with, I love the holiday season. Listening to Perry Como sing, “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” brings comforting childhood memories to mind. My mother loved Perry Como and played his album continuously. The warm feel created by the lights on the tree and the flickering glow of the candles provides a blanket for me on those frigid December nights.
What I don’t like about the holiday season is when retailers push the fast forward button and suddenly we are into Christmas and we haven’t even reached Halloween. This past weekend I went into a Dollar Tree store and to my surprise, I saw ornaments and stockings crowding out the plastic pumpkins. The wrapping paper seemed to be pushing the Halloween costumes off the shelf. It was only September 22nd for gosh sakes! What would Charlie Brown have to say?
Over the years, I’ve gotten used to the turkeys and cornucopia edging out the pumpkins, but mistletoe and tinsel? Big named department stores are just as guilty. Winter coats are on display when we’re still wearing our shorts and tee shirts. Bathing suits, front and center, when you walk into the door and you’re still wearing those extra ten pounds you plan to lose, under your coat.
We need to slow down and enjoy each season at its appropriate time. Growing older, I realize how quickly time passes and the importance of living in the moment. Not worrying about tomorrow or regretting the past because all we really have is now. More importantly, I’ve learned we should enjoy the people in our lives because after all, this is your life. What’s the rush?