That Christmas feeling
Do you have that Christmas feeling yet? I do. It came when I took my one box of ornaments out of the closet. They were the few I saved after my move to a new condo. There is the ornament photo of my son at age 10 that he made for me. There are the special ornaments that belong to my daughters. They made them. There are the unique name initial (H) ornaments that are for the family. There are the gold crochet snowflakes that my mother created, and there is the silver cluster of grapes my dad brought home for the tree one time.
We are into the 2017 holiday season. That feeling kept coming as I drove down the streets of Oklahoma City after a meeting. There were exceptional lights around Whole Foods and the Classen Circle; there were Christmas lights down NW 63; Nichols Hills is already lighted up. Automobile Alley also features dynamic lights and the bustle of holiday traffic. Meanwhile, my one strand of lights outside my condo makes me happy!
How about the special foods in the stores? That feeling came when I visited the new Eileen's Cookie shop on N May. There were all kinds of holiday-decorated cookies. And they taste good, too!
The Neiman Marcus “Delectable 2017” catalog is a Christmas gift in itself. There are all sorts of mouthwatering food choices, including Neiman Marcus' exceptional chocolate chip cookies (also this year in minis), malted milkshake cake, peppermint chocolate snowflake cake, roses cake, and bourbon vanilla cheesecake. There are also decorated cupcakes, baby brownies and lovely meat and vegetable dishes — all shipped right to your door.
Then the feeling also arrived when Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer Holiday Guide came in the mailbox. How could you not have pure joy in your heart when reading about the “winter snowflake” pasta, the “hot chocolate for grown-ups” and the sugar plum jam and “jingle jangle ice cream.” We are so lucky to have Trader Joe's! And Chick-fil-A is featuring its special peppermint milkshakes.
The local Walmart and Target was filled with people with that feeling already looking for that perfect gift. Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's special holiday collection was a hot item at Walmart.
The bustle of Oklahoma Cityans “going somewhere” also hit the streets. They are very polite in their car manners, but all streets, downtown and in suburban areas, are full of people. They have that feeling!
It is joyous out there! Hopefully you can take the time to experience that feeling for yourself no matter what your circumstances, your loses, your gains or your responsibilities. Merry Christmas!