Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

No, this is NOT the rightviewfromtheleftcoast family Christmas Tree. But we have a really good one that may make an appearance in another posting.
But, back to the point.
This is really the most wonderful time of the year.
There is just something about the Christmas season that just brings out the child in me.
The waiting, the expectation, the excitement of seeing people open their gifts and the hope that I did not blow it and get that person something so, well wrong. The feeling of stress and joy all at the same time.
Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast and I just finished decorating the rightviewfromtheleftcoast family Christmas Tree. And this year, it was a three day project.
Let me explain.
We bought our tree, real NOT fake, on Friday late in the day. Because it was late and we have to lug the tree up some stairs, we put our perfect Noble Fir tree in a container of water until yesterday. But then, we had other things to do yesterday and we just got the tree in the rightviewfromtheleftcoast manor and then up the stairs. So, we just finished with the white lights all around and the decorations. We almost get a tree ornament from where ever we take a trip. So, slowly but surely, our tree in the upcoming years will maybe be a travelogue by ornament.
While there is a time of joy for many, it is also a time to remember that there are many who can not share in the joy of the season.
There are many reasons for it. No need to list them all here. The real point is not ignore those that find this season one of pain rather than one of joy. We should do our best to embrace those people. In the best ways that we know how. They will let you know if you are going overboard or maybe not doing enough. And, sometimes it is keeping a distance that is best.
I, for one, just love the fact that I am able to be with those that I care for the most and able to give not just the right gift but of myself. This is a great time of year to remember that.
So, please, get those trees-make sure that they are real and not fake!-and enjoy the Christmas season.


Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

I went by the one at City Hall in Pasadena the other night. Outstanding, and the aroma of the fresh fir tree is fantastic.

Pat Jenkins said...

AMEN!! merry christmas to the tree decorators in the 64 house!!!

a corgi said...

thanks for your comment on my journal (a corgi/southern California); been reading and enjoying some of your entries; good insights!

totally agree with what you wrote about the Christmas carols too

(funny thing about the rain; we lived in Montana for 8 years and the dog loved walking in the snow showers now you take him outside in the rain and he gives me the same look your dog gave you; he's gone soft on us; but thankfully (thank you Lord) the skies cleared for 45 minutes this evening so we could take him for a quick jaunt and get some energy off him; that was a relief)

enjoy the smell of a live tree!

Merry Christmas :)