OK~ Another feast has come and gone. Now, it's time to gear up for the next big feast, Christmas. Christmas not only brings lots of good food, but it also brings a lot of gifts. The commercialization that now accompanies all of our holidays is reality. I get it that retailers need to get the merchandise out in a timely manner, which is defined in vague terms. For many, timely manner would be the week before a major holiday . In all reality, the planning for any holiday when it comes to retail begins months in advance.
From 1985-1995, I spent many hours working in the field of retail. The one thing that I really looked forward to every year was changing the store front window to a Christmas theme. Once Thanksgiving hit, we geared up for a fun holiday themed window. Since I worked in a shoe store; there were shoes, purses, socks, and anything shoe care related to be placed in those windows. The excitement of decorating the windows dwindled over time, as the fire department said we could no longer have lights in the windows. I guess they have their reasons *sigh*. Sure blew the wind out of our sail! I look around our community today and sadly there are not many decorated store front windows. A sign of the times, as labor costs are probably too high.
The little things really do matter. Kids like to visit with Santa, families enjoy going out and cutting down a "real" Christmas tree, and kids are gearing up to present their Sunday School Christmas programs. Ahhh yes, the afternoon of baking and decorating sugar cookies; pictures and movies for the family record books to treasure for years.
Times are very different now as we transition from holiday to holiday. Often times it seems there is no down time in between any of them. Doesn't it seem like Halloween just transitioned into Christmas this year? Most importantly, remember it is the little things that really do matter. Enjoy your family, your health, and remember to count your blessings every day!
Our youngest son is now 17.............the other night when he went to bed I told him, "Good Night." My mind went back to the many, many years when he would have to tell me, "Buenos Noches" every night. No, we are not Spanish, we speak English in our house, but some cartoon character introduced him to those words and for MANY years that was how we told each other "Good Night." Yep, the little things really do matter. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?