Well, not really, but maybe it is where you are?
Yesterday in Comox, it was a drizzly grey day and the wind had picked up. Again.
Before we moved west, my CP (critique partner) Sheryl regaled me with tales of woe regarding the “Southeasterners” that would periodically wipe out their power and blow down their fence. I see now that she was not exaggerating in the least. Come winter, this is a windy city! At least today the sun is shining. That’ll be good for all the kids out and about trick or treating tonight.
Despite the lack of snow and the fact that today is Halloween, I bought my Christmas cards yesterday. Stamps were on sale (10% off at Rexall!), so I am ready and set to go. Only trouble is, BH is a BAH Humbug and I bet know he’s going to give me grief if I do anything even remotely Christmassy.
My proof comes from past experience, as well as the fact that he was griping about the Halloween decorations going up too early. The girls were outside hanging “ghosts” in the tree and he stomped into the house.
“What’s the date today?”
“Do you want to come outside and see what these kids are doing?”
I wandered over to the front door. “Looks good to me,” I said, watching them do a great job. “What’s the problem?”
“Halloween isn’t for another 3 weeks! It’s too early. Besides, those things are going to get all raggedy and make a mess of the front yard. ”
“It’s not too early and they’re made of plastic. They are not going to get ‘raggedy’.”
He countered with, “No one else has decorations up.”
“Yes, they do. You aren’t paying attention.”
There was a hmmph and a muttering of something like, “Well, I guess if you’re okay with having a yard looking like that…”
Which was fine with me, because I am perfectly fine with a yard ‘looking like that.’ A yard that looks like kids live in the house and whoa, dare I say it? A household that does some decorating and some celebrating.
And just so you know, we are not talking Martha Stewart decorations. We’re talking run of the mill, “there’s a holiday-we have a few things-let’s put them up” kind of decorating. If Martha came to my house, she’d feel awfully sorry for the sad state of decorating affairs that go on around here and she’d have to work for months to fix our house up right for a photo spread.
So, anyway, back to Christmas. BG (Beloved Grinch) is going to give me grief, but that’s okay. We’ve been doing this song and dance for the last 19 years and we’ve learned to compromise. December 1st is usually the day for the decorations. Maybe this year, I can get him to November 15, but if not, that’s okay too. I don’t want to push him too hard.
I will, however, start nudging him along in the right direction soon. I’ll make a production of digging out the Christmas Card list, as well as leave those boxes of Christmas cards out in plain sight. I’ll start playing the Drifters on the stereo and I’ll point out everyone else’s decorations and/or lights when we’re out driving.
Needless to say, another decorating dance has begun.
Any BAH-Humbugs in your house? Are you a BAH-Humbug? I can’t imagine you are if you’re visiting my blog. I’d like to think we’re all kindred spirits here. If you are holiday challenged though, don’t feel bad. You’ve come to the right place and we can help you.
Happy Halloween and Merry Soon-To-Be Christmas. 🙂