Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter.
A life-size Santa was dancing and singing and just generally being his jolly ol’ self. His belly shook like a bowl full of jelly as he wiggled and sang songs and told stories of sugarplums dancing in children’s heads.
The only things was, he was loud…really, really, really loud. And the longer he danced and
shouted sang, the less jolly he seemed to me. The sound was so deafening that I couldn’t even concentrate on my shopping. Suddenly, I was struck by a feeling so un-Christmasy, so opposite of the Christmas ‘spirit’ that it shocked me.
I kinda wanted to punch Santa!
This deep urge took me so completely by surprise and I felt conflicted. On the one hand, I LOVE Christmas and yet on the other hand I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
So far, wanting to punch the dancing Santa has been the only drawback I’ve found to kicking off the Christmas season a tad on the early side. 😉
And on Saturday, when I admitted just how early I was starting to decorate my home and gave you a sneak peek at my Christmas mantel, I may have failed to mention that I had already decorated my other mantel too. In fact, once that Christmas ball is rolling there is just no way to stop it. Although my house was suffering from seasonal schizophrenia for a few days as the reindeer and pumpkins tried unsucessfully to peacefully co-exist.
But now, Christmas has wound it’s way through my home.
This year though, it has come in with less of a woosh and a bang and more of a whisper instead.
Soft and wintery and easy.
Think more angels gently singing and less Santas dancing.
I returned to Walmart this week and noticed that Santa was no longer dancing and singing. Frankly, he seemed more dignified simply standing there welcoming one and all to the Christmas section.
And, I might have just been imagining things, but I’m pretty sure he winked at me.
I think he was relieved that I no longer wanted to punch him.
And so was I! 😉
I’m so thrilled to be joining a bunch of other ladies who are crazy like me and start decorating our homes for Christmas freakishly early.
Here are my fellow Wednesday mantels:
And you can start from the beginning here:
At Home with The Barkers
Daisy Mae Belle
All Things Heart and Home
The Wood Grain Cottage
On Sutton Place
Lilacs and Longhorns
Two Thirty Five Designs
The Happier Homemaker
My Soulful Home
Thanks for meeting me at the Fence today!
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