Dreary fall days mean it's getting close to the holidays. I know I'm weird but I love the dreary drizzly fall days. They give me energy instead of sapping it from me like bright HOT sunlight. I love fall. Plus that means we're closer to the holidays which are my favorite time of the year.
When we were growing up, it's no secret that my mom had some problems. Personally, I think she would have been diagnosed bipolar. But for all the problems during the rest of the year, Halloween through New Year's were the happiest times in our home. My mom, who was an incredile cook, needlewoman, and organizer, went to high gear and the fall through the first of the year was a whirlwind, in our home, of great food, home-made gifts, planning practical jokes, and home-made decorations. The holidays are my favorite memories from childhood.
As an adult I loved them too but I think I had my head too wrapped around the Normal Rockwell image and for a long time, that expectation along with some personal stuff between me and my sister, made for emotionally crushing holidays every year. For several years I didn't enjoy them at all. I loved the fall weather but I dreaded the holidays.
This year all of those things have been resolved and for the first time in a decade, I'm very much look forward to the holidays, not because I expect the decorations or the food or the gifts to be Martha Stewart perfect, but just for the joy of having all of my brothers and sister and their kids around me and hopefully the Meadows and the Schultz's and the Trussell's too.
To help me get into the mood, Aunt Susan gave me the sweetest Christmas arrangement. I had sent her an e-newsletter from Michael's saying that the newest Christmas color palette they're working crafts in are the peacock feather colors of gem aqua, fuschia, marine blue, emerald green, etc. I love those colors. Can you imagine a tree in those colors? I can't afford to completely deck out a tree in just those colors but I sure love this arrangement to get me in the spirit!
I also couldn't resist the mini poinsettias already being sold in the grocery store. It's so cute!