Wednesday, October 26, 2011

To Say I Love Christmas

To say I love Christmas is an understatement. I make most of my friends nuts year-round with my running countdown – beginning in January – of the total number of days and hours until Christmas!! Really, you cannot plan too early. I mean, we need to make the most of all the shopping days the calendar year has to offer.

But it’s not just the shopping I love (though I do shop on an expert level). I love everything about Christmas – the carols, decorations, holiday photo cards, snowmen, and all the sights and smells associated with this wonderful holiday. People are kinder, generous and more joyful.

As a child, I could not wait for the department stores to decorate their window for Christmas. And of course the trips to visit Santa and get my picture made sitting in his lap. I still display my Santa photos in their special frames every year!

And speaking of displays – I’m a little over the top with that as well. My home is bustling with Christmas everywhere. Alvin and the Chipmunks sing “Please Christmas, Don’t Be Late” to the backdrop of my Santa collection and fun, funky glass Christmas Trees. Just pulling the decorations out excites me – so many wonderful stories behind those ornaments and the Christmas decorations I’ve received over the years. I take good care of my trimmings – I try to keep everything in its original container, marked with the date I received it, and the name of the person who gave it to me.

To me, Christmas is truly about giving. Nothing is better than helping a child from the Angel Tree or bringing gifts to the senior centers.

At, we have a very special way to give this Christmas. We have a whole division of holiday cards that directly benefit Children’s of Alabama. Proceeds from every order will go straight to the hospital to help sick kids get better. What makes these Christmas cards even more special is that each card was drawn by a young patient at Children’s. Holiday cards by kids, helping kids – at Christmas. What a great way to give.

This year there are many in our immediate area for whom Christmas may not be as bright, shiny or happy as those of the past. Remember to give all that you can, in any way that you can – at Christmas, and all through the year.

Merry Christmas, Y’all!!

P.S. ~ There are exactly 59 days and 14.5 hours until Christmas! :)

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