No really, it’s almost winter, and that means I need all the help I can get to stay positive. Once October ends, I can immediately feel myself slipping. Jude’s birthday has come and gone, all the Halloween stuff is over… what’s next? Cold winds, chapped skin, ice, darkness, ugh. My sadness for the coming winter days comes so quickly… BUT, don’t worry this isn’t a post of depressing thoughts; instead, I wanted to share how I have decided to change it this year. And yes, I scheduled a therapist ahead of time, to help me stay on track. I’ll be doing this each fall, because I know what happens if I don’t! So why not prepare for it, right? I’m also working out, doing fun things with my kids and friends, getting rest, eating well… all the things we’re supposed to do to beat seasonal depression. It’s a real thing, y’all. And these are a few ways to combat it if you, like me, are not able to run off into the beach sunset at the moment. But my new focus is what I’m most excited about, so let’s dive into that!
November is now a time to be thankful. I know, I know, that’s what everyone else does every year. But this year I am taking it a different direction for myself and my family. For me, November means extra time to do all the fall things we haven’t gotten to yet. November is also extra time to get a head start on the Christmas stuff I want to be sure to do! We have a special little guy’s first birthday this month, so I’m also finding creative ways to celebrate our little Turkey during the week of Thanksgiving. This year for me and my family, November is a time to fit in ALL the holiday stuff so that October doesn’t feel so rushed, to celebrate Lennon, to visit with as much family as possible, and to fit in some fun Christmas stuff so December doesn’t feel so rushed.
We just carved pumpkins last night (Nov 9th, thank you Walmart for your everlasting pumpkins), we’re enjoying pumpkin hot cocoa (and many other seasonal Trader Joe’s scores), we’re still reading about Spookly the Square Pumpkin, and now I’m watching my Christmas Hallmark movies. I still have Halloween and Fall decor up, and am considering switching it out to Christmas earlier than usual, while leaving out our freshly carved pumpkins. I haven’t made my favorite apple crisp yet, or my pumpkin bread, but I will. I mean, who says we can’t do it all at the same time? Why not enjoy the holidays as we can, and not rush from one to the next without doing all our favorite things?
So, Happy Halloween-Birthday-Thanksgiving-Christmas from my family to yours this November! We’re doing it all this month, and I think I already love this new way of doing the holidays.