An Expression of Yourself!
By Glenn Arnette, lll
Each year I proclaim that I will not decorate again this Christmas, but again for the final time, I pulled out all the stops and did it again. There is something about Christmas lights and tinsel that makes you happy and brings such warmth to your soul. Believe me; I have so much warmth that I keep my Florida air conditioning running day and night. LOL
Tradition makes me do this thing each year. It started many years ago with my Grandparents and their Christmas spirit, then it transferred down to my parents who instilled into me the love of Christmas. Now I have the reigns and continue with the warm memories and hope for the future.
Each year I have a wonderful party for all of my friends and love being the one to start the season right after the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year December 5 was the magic time (approximately 150 invited ) when I turned on all of the trees and decorations that I started putting into place at the middle of October. It is so funny to watch kids come to the door when you have Halloween decorations outside and Christmas inside. They get confused! I have even had them say Merry Christmas while holding their Halloween candy bags!
My experience with Christmas means no “dark spots’! If there is a corner without light, guess what, the next day they are there. Christmas trees are everywhere. This year I was in the white mode and only accented with a few green trees located in the bedrooms.( Last year I have 28 decorated Christmas trees throughout the house.) I have found that the garlands and wreaths for sale on QVC are the best buy. (Bethlehem Lights) I noticed this year they were promoting battery operated lights as the very latest with automatic on / off switched. Candles are wonderful, but I fear fire so I use lots of the battery operated ones without scent. I use “spray” for the Christmas tree smell and those things you plug it in the bathroom sockets. It works! (There is an article about the sprays for the Holiday scents at www.worldtravelbyglenn.com
My food for the big party runs the gamut from Ham, Turkey, Wings, Shrimp, Meatballs, Sausages, Cheeses, Salads, Desserts, etc. Believe me I go all out and there is usually very little left at the end of the night. I love watching people have a good time!
You can have a wonderful time during the Holidays, but always remember the real meaning of Christmas. There is something about a manger scene that always is the focal point of my Christmas array. It is the real reason we enjoy ourselves, knowing that all is right with Jesus.
So, enjoy the decorations and if you are in the” Bah Humbug” mood, get over it! Life is too short. Money is tight, but you can certainly buy someone a cup of coffee for the Holidays. When you do that little simple thing, watch for the smile that comes later!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
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