Someone asked my a couple days ago how my Christmas planning was coming along.  I was shocked.  And then I realized that Christmas is is but a month away.  Some people have bought all their gifts and decorated the house.  Good gravy.

I have been so unaware of the imminence of Christmas.  I looked at my calendar this week and realized that normally by Dec. 1 Dave and I have gotten a tree and I have already decorated quite a bit.  Usually by this point I have pestered Dave about a Christmas tree and am so excited to get it that it’s all I talk about.  Not so this year.  Strange.  I’ve barely thought about it.  I haven’t even bought any presents.  Maybe it has something to do with the rain.  The non-stop, never ceasing downpour of rain.   Maybe it’s just because it seems like a few weeks ago fall just arrived.  Or maybe I’m just growing into a scrooge the older I get.

Honestly, the more I experience the insanity of Christmas, and stress out, and watch others go nuts with it…the more I’d like to just have a quiet time with family playing boardgames (yes, I said it.  I am willing to play board games.) Forget the frivolity.  Just a few relaxing days off celebrating.  That’s it.  I don’t want to be thinking about it for 2 months prior.  Seriously.  I think the more planning we put into Christmas, the more of a letdown it is when it’s all said and done.  Each year after Christmas I feel almost offended by it.  I take my tree and decor down as soon as I come home from my parents place.  Perhaps that’s a symptom of Christmas overload.  Does anyone else feel that way?

To add to my humbug mood, here are some rainy grey pictures from today that are sure to bring you even more down.  You’re welcome.

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