Thanksgiving 2013 is officially in the bag and I am, yet again, reminded why I don’t cook that often. Simply put? Dirty Dishes.
Regardless of how dry my hands are from washing countless dirty pans four days post ginormous feast, Thanksgiving usually does a bang up job of launching my Christmas mojo into top gear.
Not so much.
It kind of feels like I missed a step. Sort of like how I forgot to put the stupid turkey scraps in the cornbread dressing which made it (in my opinion) not nearly as good as usual.
It’s possible my frantic cooking and cleaning up kiddo/animal messes is to blame. After all, it’s hard to sit and visit with family when you’re chasing one disaster after another. It could also be the unseasonably warm weather we’re having. If so, I should be full of Christmas glee in another three days because the weather man is promising temps in the teens and snow by Friday. (Seriously. Could someone counsel Mother Nature on the concept of middle ground?)
I know it’s not my lack of participation in Black Friday that’s limiting my festive mood. I’ve never indulged in that particular bit of madness and have no plans to because I also have no plans to go to jail. Ever. Honestly, I can’t think of a single way to get me behind bars faster.
I will say I finally felt a flicker of holiday spirit last night when the girls and I spread out all the holiday decorations. Then again this morning when I drank my coffee out of one of my favorite Santa cups. So, maybe it’s just that this year is destined to be more of a “settling into” Christmas instead of a catapult. Or maybe this is a side effect of age; an inability to shift from one mindset to another in the flicker of an eye.
What about you? What gets your Christmas mojo up and running? Advent services at church? Cold weather? Shopping? Standing in line with your kiddos to see Santa?
On the bright side, I found the Holly channel on my satellite radio this morning on the drive to work. Hard not to be festive with “A Holly Jolly Christmas” blasting through the speakers.