Anticipation is the build up and excitement towards an occasion or event.
The anticipation for Christmas begins the day after Halloween, it seems. By the time Christmas arrives, I’m so beyond done with it all… and having Tyler singing along to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas in the shower before 7 a.m. isn’t exactly helping!
December is tricky for my husband and I because we don’t want to rush through it. Our wedding anniversary is on the 7th and we don’t like to decorate for Christmas until after we get to celebrate our special day.
This December, on the evening of our anniversary, we traveled to Ottawa to celebrate the marriage of my husband’s cousin, which took place the next day. So celebrating our own anniversary was trickier than usual but we managed to go out for dinner.
Talk about anticipation for the wedding! We were so excited because this couple reminds us so much of ourselves. It helps that they are our own biggest supporters! Despite the distance geographically, there is much love both ways.
The wedding was beautiful, full of love and passion, and really reminded my husband and I of our own vows.
Fast forward to returning home, it was time to satisfy the kids’ anticipation and decorate the house for Christmas. It turned out, our oldest son barely did any decorating! This kid’s been singing Christmas carols since November 1st and he suddenly had too much homework to participate!
So, Caleb helped me with the tree, while my husband tinkered with gutting and updating a vintage stereo cabinet we picked up from a friend. The record player didn’t work and the stereo was old and crackly. We just need to outfit it with a dvd player and it’s all set for our entertainment needs. He put in a new stereo and a USB hub for a docking station. It’s got great sound!
So the house is now decorated, and smells like pine, thanks to Scentsicles, an idea we picked up from Ottawa. I was next to their Christmas tree and thought it was real due to the smell, until Devin’s cousin showed me these scented sticks that hang on the tree! Why had I never heard of them before? Oh, right, sheltered life! LOL
A lot of anticipation from the kids revolves around food, namely, Christmas treats. I used to do a LOT of holiday baking, sometimes needing to bake twice because I’d started so early, it was all gone well before Christmas. Caleb helped me with shortbread, magic cookie bars, and homemade Skor bars (recipe in a future post!).
NOW I don’t mind watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music… now it feels right.
I can do without all of the commercialization that surrounds the season, but I’m truly looking forward to spending time with my family, and being together to celebrate the birth of Christ.
How are you spending the week before Christmas?