GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I'm not sure where on which side of the "Christmas in July" debate you fall ... but I'm all in.
I know, I know. The cold weather hater; the winter loather; the sun-worshiping, snow-despising, don't-even-want-to-think-about-winter-when-I'm-in-the-middle-of-it gal --- loving the whole concept of "Christmas in July." It seems counterintuitive.
Look, the fact winter that coincides with Christmastime is null and void because everyone knows Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Ergo, it negates the yuck of winter ... at least until the 26th of December, anyway. Yeah, it defies logic but I'm standing by it, so there.
I'm listening to "Sounds of the Season" on the 24-hour cable music channel. NOTE: It gives all kinds of great summer Christmas party ideas like eggnog flavored martinis and ugly tank top contests.
I'm watching the Hallmark Channel's "Christmas in July" week and reliving all the adorable, G-rated, happy ending fairy tale Christmas love stories from the past several years, which are running in prime time nightly for a limited run.
Heck, when we recently had a spill on the kitchen tablecloth, I even replaced it with our holly berry and ivy printed one!
I know many people disagree but I think Christmas in July is a lovely concept and I'm embracing it. In fact, I'm thinking of baking some mitten-shaped cookies even though it's 90-degrees Fahrenheit, yo.
Have you ever noticed how happy people are around Christmas? It's magical and fun and hopeful and just positive, in general. The birth of the Savior is a pretty good reason to celebrate, no? In a world full of negativity, I'll take all the happy I can find.
So, mock me if you must, but I'm totally busting out my Vince Geraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas" CD.
Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34 R. (see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live. I am sunk in the abysmal swamp where there is no foothold; I have reached the watery depths; the flood overwhelms me. But I pray to you, O LORD, for the time of your favor, O God! In your great kindness answer me with your constant help. But I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving help, O God, protect me; I will praise the name of God in song, and I will glorify him with thanksgiving. "See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! For the LORD hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not." Alleluia Ps 95:8 R. Alleluia, alleluia. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.