Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas is a-coming

And we won't even talk about who's getting fat. Hint: It ain't the goose!

I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people who groan when the stores break out the holiday decorations on, like, the day after Hallowe'en. I look the other way at the frosted Christmas trees, and flinch at the sight of people stringing lights on their houses on Thanksgiving weekend.

My husband calls me a grinch. I prefer the term "non-commercialist." But then, last year, while I was writing my All About Us series, it just so happened that I wanted to do a Christmas story, and oops, the publishing schedule dictated that it would come out in September--a full month before those department stores put up their decorations!

Hoist with my own petard, I was. So I had to embrace my inner elf and just run with it. But I have to confess, researching Scottish Christmas traditions (this book is set in the character's Scottish castle) kind of put me in the spirit. Because under all the tinsel and the piped-in Christmas carols lies what it's really all about: family, close friends, hospitality, and--let's not forget--the birth of the baby that started it all.

So, while we're on the subject and you're digesting your Thanksgiving leftovers, what are the Christmas traditions at your house? Put up a comfy chair, have a glass of eggnog, and let's talk!

Shelley
http://www.shelleyadina.com

3 comments:

Annie Solomon said...

I don't do Christmas, but it always sounds like fun, if a bit stressful and hectic. When it comes to "the day" our family has given in to our tradition: a movie and Chinese food...

Jennifer Haymore said...

I have great memories of Christmas as a child, lights, decorating the tree, opening gifts, stockings, baking cookies and Christmas dinner. I try to replicate it all with my kids, but I feel like I don't do as good of a job as my mom/grandma did!

sanjeet said...

, if a bit stressful and hectic. When it comes to "the day" our family has given in to our tradition: a movie and Chinese food..

Work from home India