My goose is still wearing her Halloween costume. This might indicate where I am mentally. It's partially covered in snow (the goose, I mean, and her witch cloak). All that cold and snow outside keeps surprising me. It's mighty chilly for October!
That said, I am gradually getting accustomed to the idea of Christmas coming. I like Christmas, which helps. I've done some shopping, bought some presents for my family, presents for my friends, and even some presents for charity. I like buying presents. Sometimes I forget to give them to people, but I like buying them even so.
Sometimes people get random gifts at random times of the year, because I'll have bought them something but forgotten to give it to them! I like being in a store, seeing something, and thinking of somebody who might like it. Even if I don't always remember to give it to that somebody afterward.
This evening I put my Christmas tree up. I don't mean I decorated it -- I just mean I put it up. Last year I went out and bought a small pre-lit Christmas tree at Franks going-out-of-business sale. (And it was quite the adventure, now that I think about it!) This year I've been hoping to put it up and decorate for awhile, but not getting around to it.
It occurred to me this evening that with December quickly ebbing away, plus planning on traveling for the actual holiday, I might not manage to decorate at all! At first I was okay with this, then I said to myself, "That's silly, you really like Christmas decorations. Having them around makes you happy. This is precisely why you bought a small and pre-lit tree. So even when things were busy and chaotic, you could still have a little bit of Christmas in the house."
That was this evening at about 11:15. I was upstairs in my bedroom already, planning on reading for awhile then going to sleep. I glanced at the girl in the mirror, the one speaking to me, and when our eyes met we nodded. Sure, I should at least grab the tree and toss it in front of the window! Even if I don't ever get around to decorating it, at least I'll have shiny Christmas lights to enjoy.
It was a good idea. Something minor is better than nothing, after all. Thus is was that, wearing nothing but a hoodie and a pair of tennis shoes, I made my way down to the basement. I found the box with my tree in it, and carefully gathered all four pieces of it into my arms. I staggered back up the stairs, dropped everything in front of the door, and quickly rearranged the furniture. Then I put those four pieces together, set it on my coffee table, did about forty seconds of branch-fluffing, and plugged it in.
Woo-hoo, instant Christmas! It immediately made me smile, this 4'6" bundle of green plastic and multi-colored electricity. Strange how something so simple can do that. It has no ornaments, but I found my usual tree-topper in the tree box (a fabric rose from my first year on Team Elan), so I grabbed it with the armload of fake tree and pinned it to the tip.
Then I opened my window blinds, and voila! Outdoor decorations as well as indoor. Well, you can see it from outside at least. I checked, popping briefly onto my porch to glance in the window at my little tree.
In my mind, I enjoyed picturing some imaginary neighbors glancing out the window and asking one another, "Is she really not wearing any pants? No, that couldn't be. Nobody would go outside in public without pants, especially at midnight in december! She must be wearing leggings, or maybe it's a short skirt?"
My hoodie is long enough to cover my butt, even if just barely. I didn't feel like going upstairs and clothing myself properly, and it was dark(ish) out, so I risked a short trip outside. I didn't leave the porch or go onto the front walk though, that might just be asking for trouble! But I verified that the tree is visible from the outside, and that it looks nice. It's even mostly centered. Mostly.
The whole thing took only fifteen minutes. I'm pleased; my house feels more festive. Maybe later I'll even find some ornaments or something, and do this right! But even if I don't, at least I have a taste of Christmas in my home. I like it.