Thursday, August 1, 2013

That Wonderful (Holiday?) Feeling!

Yesterday at Target, I felt the most wonderful, magical feeling.

Target always invokes this feeling for me at this time of year.

That feeling was....the holidays are getting closer!!

I know. Some of you are probably like, "Nooo! The holidays are far away and they need to be! Let me just get used to this back to school stuff in the aisles."

I know what you mean. And I'm really not trying to rush the holidays. But every year around late July, I notice a couple of things.

First of all, I notice that the sun comes in the kitchen window differently.  I don't know how to explain it any other way. I"m sure there is a scientific explanation about the earth rotating on its axis at a certain point in late July. I should have paid attention more in science class. But all I know is that the light is softer. It's like summer is already starting to let go.

I also notice that  something switches "on" inside of me during this time of year. I will be doing some mundane task or, like yesterday, walking through Target and I suddenly feel and's not much longer.

I will say that this feeling usually lasts for just a day or two. But then it magically reappears on September 1st and lasts all the way through October, November, and December.

In just a short time, fellow holiday lovers, the back to school stuff will be ransacked and sold. The Halloween items will slowly start making their way in its place, and if you're like me...

You walk back to that section and see a wonderful thing. A few boxes of Christmas lights on the back shelf. Joy!

I really don't like seeing Valentine stuff in January.

I really don't like seeing Easter things in February.

But I do LOVE seeing the first Christmas things slowly begin to appear. My niece, Ashley, works at Kohls and I've already told her to text or facebook me when their Christmas things start to arrive in the back.

She smiled and understood. She gets me.

On the downside of this euphoric joy is this fact.

As the holidays move closer, so does the end of another year. That means I will be a year older. That means my children will be a year older. That's the only thing that makes me say, "Stop! Let now last forever!"

Even though I love the time of year that is quickly approaching, I don't want to miss the now of my kid's lives, either. Do you know what I mean?

So, I will enjoy these last days of summer 2013. My littlest boy won't be 7 years old next summer. I watched him go down the water slide all by himself this year at the pool. That is a beautiful memory for me.  My 13 yr. old son won't be 13 anymore next summer...and so it goes.

Enjoy your today (even if you are like me and find yourself humming "Deck the Halls" while you are doing the laundry.)

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  1. It's funny...I usually dislike seeing Christmas decorations so early, but you put a nice spin on it. I love Christmas...I should just enjoy that I get to think about it early. Why not be positive about it! : )

    1. Thanks so much for writing, Gail! I appreciate that so much!

  2. I start to get the yearning for pumpkin candles about now...and I know that Christmas isn't far behind. I feel the same way about the holidays after Christmas, but I love anticipating Fall and Christmas.

  3. I'm just really looking forward to decorating for fall, but more for fall temperatures! My daughters and I were smelling fall candles at Target yesterday. Can't wait! I love your new blog colors and design!

    1. That sounds like something my daughter and I would do:) My daughter (age 16) was saying how she likes dressing for fall the best of all with all the boots and scarves.
      I love the new design, too. My friend, Angela, did that for me. It is more "me".
      Thanks for writing, Alison :)

  4. Oh!! I SO get this!! :) We have had two days of gray skies and cool weather and I am loving it. All I can think about is the coming fall and holiday season with weather like this. But my daughter won't be 1 next year and my 5 year old is adorable and loving the summer. I don't want to "dream" away our summertime. :) Thanks for sharing. You put some sunshine in my day!

    1. Thank you so much, Heather. I understand! Have a wonderful rest of your summer with your sweet little ones :)

  5. I am totally with you on this post!!! I cannot wait for fall decor, cozy sweaters and scented candles! Woohoo!

  6. I love fall. I put my fall decorations up September 1st. Who cares if it's still 90 degrees outside. lol

    1. Wow! We are very much alike! I love fall,too, and can hardly wait for Sept. 1st!

  7. We are kindred spirits! I am so glad I am not the only person whose heart beats a little happier when I discover the Christmas aisle at Michael's in late August (and the way back corner of Target, just as you so beautifully described). Christmas music plays almost year round for me and I love September through December the most. The fact that you describe yourself this way in your profile tells me we are kindred spirits! Enjoy these next four months ... the most wonderful time of the year!

    1. I will, thank you! I celebrated Sept. 1st yesterday with a pumpkin latte. Happy Holidays!


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