Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Present, Past and Future


I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner. I hate it when it approaches at breakneck speed and skids to a stop in front of my doorstep before I'm ready. I'd gladly put off opening presents to be able to let Christmas sneak up on me. Ambush me. Surprise me. But no, it has to get on that downhill racer high up on a mountain top and start whoooshing down on me and I'M NOT READY. I'm not ready for the stores to start putting out their Valentine Candy before Santa reaches the North Pole (come on now, you know they do...they probably pull out all the old Valentines and tutti fruity wrapped candy boxes from years past...I've never seen a day after Valentine's sale, have you? But I've sure bitten into some raunchy candy.) I want the Christmas music playing softly on the radio while I drift off to sleep , the lights on the tree to burn longer, the ornaments to have their day in the sun long enough to make it worth their while. I don't want to have to start taking my decorations down, I seem to have just gotten them up. I want everyone to keep being kind to each other, and dog gone it, before I know it it'll be January and I'll have to start being my naturally bossy self and people won't like me nearly as much as they do during the Yuletide. In fact I'm quite lovable at Christmas. Not so much the rest of the year. Unfortunately, I tend to want things my way. I'm a sort of "my way or the highway" sort of girl, which doesn't make me very popular in most circles. But I'm mellowing with age. I let things slide a bit more than I used to. Laughter has never been a problem with me, but now I'm learning to laugh at myself. It's just that also with age comes the meaning of "time flies". Remember hearing your folks talk about that when you were just a whippersnapper? We couldn't figure out what in the world they were talking about. But now, well now I know. Seems just a few days ago that Kari (my darlin' niece) was worried that she was starting the Christmas Cheer too early...I believe that was back in October...but it seems like yesterday. And here it is, the countdown to Christmas is gaining speed and before you know it, another Christmas Present will step up beside us, another Christmas Past will be behind us and Christmas Future will be beckoning us to hurry and join the fun. Right now I'm just going to enjoy the Christmas Future and watch time fly...that's what time does when you're having fun!

15 comments:

Katherines Dream said...

Sandi you always make me laugh....I guess we all want our own way most of the time. I am mellowing too much I think - I get tears in my eyes all ove the place, silly me.
Christmas greetings to you ans your family,
Carol x

Katherines Dream said...

See what I mean....I cannot even see straight to type....that is because I have just read about a fellow blogger having breast surgery today, it has really upset me.

Mockingbird Hill said...

Dear, dear Sandi...I don't know if I find myself being nicer or, if in being more tolerant, I just seem nicer! haha Christmas is here too fast and each year I promise myself to be ready...but, I also think it's some sort of self made chaos since I do secretly enjoy the hustle and bustle of it all...sshhhh!

Cassie

Brenda said...

I sure know what you mean.I thought I was getting a heas start and now I lay here no goodies baked. No presents wrapped. I am the kind that runs myself nuts when things aren't done. I may have to enjoy my stuff on threw Jan, lol

Jeanne said...

Once Santa's sleigh passes Macy's on Thanksgiving Day it's just too fast for me! You can come up here for some 'winter' any time Sandi. I wouldn't trade it!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Taking potshots at Kari again, eh? LOL! Christmas certainly is speeding up. I shudder to think of how much it will have sped up by next year. (Yes, we have Valentine candy sales...where in the world do you live?) And you're not this lovable year round? Oh my. I had no idea. ;>

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

It IS coming up fast! I've been wrapping presents for about 3 days. (Not that we have that many presents. I'm just a slow wrapper! lol).
I've got all my packages ready to be mailed and I've got my list made of the few things left that I need to get. And SUSAN, my very best friend in the whole wide world, is coming to visit on the 20th and I am BEYOND excited! And now I have to go clean up the guest room and make sure the boys bathroom doesn't have any science experiments growing anywhere in there. lol Whew. Busy season. I LOVE IT!
Merry Christmas!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hey Sandi.....I know what you mean! It is wizzing by and I have tried and tried to slow it down! I am sad to say, they I have been clipping pictures from magazines to put in a folder for decorating ideas for NEXT Christmas, because the season came so fast this year I didn't have time to try the new things I wanted to!!
Penny

Jodie Adams said...

You know we must be on the same wave lenght I just wrote something similar in my blog. It goes too quickly. Why could't it be a whole season rather than a few weeks. They do say Holiday season don't they?

Adla said...

:) As the older gets going, the going gets older...I'm trying to make a joke here..terrible attempt. Well that's good to know that age has mellowed you down in the no nonsense dept. As young as I am, I consider myself quite short fused but its good to learn that I'll learn tolerance in time to come.

Country Cottage Chic said...

It's not sneaking up on us, it's flying at us! I still need to do some more shopping - particularly for The Girl & will get down to that tomorrow as DH is one leave from then! I can make him drive through the ravenous hoards of shoppers!

Sandy said...

You are so entertaining ~ I love reading your posts! They make me laugh, cry, THINK, be inspired.

I hope you have a great day.
Blessings,
Sandy ;)

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi hon! Mellow with age, like a good red wine they say!! A highway or my way kind girl, love that! We reckon you are loveable ALL year round :) Just getting back on my feet, have sprained my ankle and feeling rather sore and sorry for myself for just a moment or two! Jenn and Jacqui xo

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am just going to sit back and enjoy the bustle!

LivingTheLife said...

You read my mind...I can't believe how quickly time has flown...even more so since Kari posted all her Christmas Cheer...in October. I remember the EXACT same thing when I was younger...thinking my parents and all their goofy friends were just about insane; thinking time was "flying" by...as a child, teenager, and young adult...it seemed to dredge on...and on...and on...until one day...I realized my parents were so RIGHT...as they usually were; I have discovered...I used to tell my mom/dad..."oh! I sure WISH it was Christmas, or I WISH it was summer, or I WISH I was older...till one day something they said to me STUCK...they told told me..."hon, don't be WISHING half your life away!"....hmmmm...what wisdom my parents had...I hope they know I have learned that time is precious...I'm pretty sure God has informed them...that I'm working on it!!!


Blessings...
Teresa