It's November - when did that happen?!? Although, I do love this time of year. I am making the concerted effort to slow down even more than I've promised and really relish "the most wonderful time of the year" as we get closer and closer to the holiday season.
For me, though, the holiday season starts as soon as I set up for Halloween. Which, this year, almost didn't happen... and then almost was only part of my decorations, until I told my kids my plan.
"Mommy might not set up for Halloween this year..." followed by my reasons why, which I thought were pretty sound. Unless you are nine years old. If you are nine years old, you only hear what's NOT going to happen that you WANTED to happen, and the rest sounds like the adults in the Charlie Brown specials.... 'wah wah wah wah wah wah'
"You're not??", my kids were wide-eyed and staring at me as if some alien had taken their mom and replaced her with someone that doesn't celebrate her favorite holiday, on the verge of a total meltdown.
Ok. That settled it. We set up. Everything. And if you know me, you know I have a LOT of decorations. We had a blast. From finding the decorations we forget about from year to year, to the old decorations held onto for nostalgia that cause us to exclaim and 'oooh' and 'aahhhh' over, to the 'please work, please work' silent plea we do before we plug in each set of lights, to where to place the tombstones and metal Halloween head stakes, it's become a tradition that I didn't realize had come to mean so much to both me and my kids. I also think I wouldn't have felt complete through the (my) entire holiday season if it started off...well... not starting off.
I take pride in Halloween decorations, turning the lights on each night when it gets dark. And yes, I have Halloween garland and lights that are proudly, albeit haphazardly, strung up the banister and hanging from our balcony. Hey, it's Halloween... full of blood, guts, and gore galore... you don't have to hide all the plugs and extension cords if you don't want to. (though I still try to!)
I'm also WICKED (see? another Halloween word!) excited to add a new tradition added this year... my husband and I watched a horror movie for the second year in a row! Yay, B, we can now plan on making the time for at least one movie a year!
As a family, we carved pumpkins and roasted pumpkin seeds. As a family, we all dressed up! A Joker, Catwoman, dead football player, and a pack of skittles, complete with a yellow lab.
And the trick or treating?!?! My kids made out like bandits. I have never seen them with as much candy as I saw last night. Wow.
We even visited two houses that decorated their entire yard for Halloween. One had a maze with an hour wait to enter, complete with hanging skeletons, scary music, and a real live chainsaw somewhere in the maze. The three nine year old's didn't want to go; the six year old was all for it; we erred on the side of caution and not having to deal with nightmares and promised we'd come back next year. The other house three of the four kids made it through, (six year old was one of them!) which had people and items jumping out at the perfect times with candy bag treats at the end. Maybe none of this is your cup of brew so to speak... but for someone like me who treats Halloween like a national holiday, it was definitely a weekend full of Simple Pleasures.
I couldn't have asked for it to be complete any other way. Oh... well... I would've been ok without seeing any clown on my Facebook feed, but hey... if some element of Halloween doesn't scare you, I guess it wouldn't be complete, right?
Love, Happiness, & Coffee,
~ Heather ~