Monday, November 18, 2013

The holidays and thoughts of nostalgia

The holidays have once again crept up on us.  For me, it is a time of looking back at times of my life that have come and gone . . . never to return again. Happy and sad at the same time!  Sad because they are just memories and happy because the wonderful memories were lived and experienced.

It seems like the older I get, the more nostalgic I become about the holidays . . . I imagine it is a natural occurrence for everyone as our "normal" becomes nostalgia as time moves on.

Thanksgiving hasn't even arrived yet and we are bombarded with Christmas commercials.  Actually, if I remember correctly, the push from retailers started before Halloween this year.  In some stores, as the Halloween displays went up, so did the shelves get stocked with Christmas stuff.

There is one rush to Christmas that I have enjoyed this year . . . the Hallmark Channel on cable television has a Christmas movie marathon going on that started last week.  After being consumed with the harsh reality of politics, bad economics and bad news in general, I am thoroughly enjoying the festive movies.  Seems like for a time I can get lost in festive pleasantry.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the channels kicking in their holiday seasons.

One of the movie themes was Christmas ornaments and brought back so many memories of past Christmas seasons and the new ornaments that were a tradition until JR died.  I'll have to do a post about Christmas ornaments past and present . . . they are a special part of Christmas.

Doesn't it also seem like as time goes by, the older we get, time itself seems to move faster?  It feels like last year's holiday season just ended and it is upon us again.  

I've been so involved in my new life with a new husband (well, it has been over 2 years since we got married), Kiki the dog, Mimi Luna the cat and what's going on now that I have neglected this blog in a bad way!  

The approaching holidays have changed that.

I hope to be inspired to write more nostalgic posts and encourage The Captain to do the same.  Between us, there is a wealth of nostalgia waiting to ponder upon.


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