Well, back up a minute...
I want to be the woman who enjoys November and Thanksgiving for the beautiful, tranquil, spiritually nourishing days they should be. I get all ANNOYED at every store that trots out the Christmas bling before Halloween is even a scary memory. And I definitely do not decorate my own house for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
Having said all that, today is the day I usually panic about Christmas.
In case you haven't seen a calendar lately, I'll just tell you that we are 7 weeks away from Christmas.
Normally this is my annual day to start a flurry of lists that will never be quite finished, look through my stash to see what I have already begun to purchase, and eat a mountain of Halloween candy because I get a little anxious.
What I WANT to be doing today is putting away the Halloween decorations and getting out the Thanksgiving things. I want to prepare a Family Home Evening about gratitude. (I can actually only remember doing this one time ever. I cut out about eleventy-million construction paper leaves, so we could each write something every day that we were grateful for, and tape them to a large posterboard tree on the wall.)
I want November at our house to be about gratitude. I want to think about how we have been blessed, and how we can bless others. I want the kids to go through their closets and find things they don't use or wear to give to those less fortunate. I want to rake leaves for widows, and go to the nursing home to play bingo with the elderly.
Incidentally, that closet thing? I want to do that to celebrate every season. First day of spring? Let's clean out the closets! Arbor day? Grand Opening of a jar of pickles? Get out the trash bags, kids! Not that it ever works out that way...
Anyway, that's one side of my head talking. The other side of my head tells me I'm being stupid. In our culture, November is the running start to the big extravaganza. Giving up the running start, when I've done little to prepare before this, is probably NOT going to ensure a happy me during December.
So as usual, I will spend November like a yoga beginner trying the tree pose. Taking some deep breaths and trying to find my balance. I AM getting better at this. I just haven't gotten it right yet.