Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well, not at my house … not yet, anyway.

But I smiled when I drove past one of my neighbors’ on Thanksgiving night. The house was already festooned with Christmas lights.

I love the holidays. Everyone seems a little friendlier this time of year. Heck — even the folks in line at Best Buy on Black Friday were chatting like long-lost friends.

I know this because I was one of them. I hit Old Navy, Best Buy and Kohl’s after work Thanksgiving night. One of the perks of working nights is I’m used to being up ’til 3 a.m., so I didn’t think twice about going bargain-stalking. I was going to be awake anyway, right?

By far, Best Buy was the busiest/most chaotic. I stood in line for an hour to check out. But I snagged the $40 printer I wanted! I haven’t hooked it up yet because, well, technology scares me … but supposedly, it will print wirelessly — from both my laptop AND my phone.

The tree isn’t up at my house yet, so for #fmsphotoaday, I snapped the one at Starbucks, my home away from home.

Other sights/sounds of Christmas have been creeping into my days. Some radio stations are already playing holiday carols, and my favorite Starbucks is decked out. The tree has glitter on it … glitter! So cool.

When I was growing up, my parents said a Christmas tree wasn’t complete without tinsel. My roommate and I used to put tinsel on our tree (even though it’s a pain in the butt to pick off an artificial tree), until we got pets. That stuff’s not good for them — and I know one (or more) of them would eat it.

Tuesday’s Elf4Health task fell right in with the sights/sounds of the holiday. We were to send someone a handwritten note. I opted to send a Christmas card, stuffed with fun “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” stickers, to my niece and nephew.

I should send Alex and Josie “just because” cards more often. It was fun to write, and I bet it’ll be fun for them to get. I had to run back to Target to buy more stickers before I hit the mailbox, though. I picked up a packet the other day, figuring 60 stickers was plenty … but it was only 2 sheets. When I used one sheet to decorate the card/envelope, I had to get more to send a sheet of stickers for each of them.

What’s your favorite holiday sight/sound?

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