I love listening to Christmas music. I usually start listening to it the last week of November to help get me into the shopping mood. My ipod has a dedicated playlist for all my favourites. It's a great mix of traditional carols, Salvation Army band music, and secular songs. This year's newest addition is Michael Buble's Christmas album and I can't seem to listen to it enough. I'm sure my family will be sick of it by the time Christmas Day arrives.
Today I spent the day at the mall trying to tackle the long list of gifts that I need to buy this year. I’ve barely started my shopping. There’s something fun about darting from store to store looking for that perfect gift for the people I love ... but it can be very frustrating, too, when I don’t have a clue what to get someone. Today I was somewhat successful. Still, I think there will be a few more days spent shopping before the 25th arrives. My plan is to have it all done by the 18th so I can spend the week before Christmas just enjoying this time of the year.
Since we all play in the band, we spend a lot of time playing during the month of December. We play in various small groups at different functions but one of the favourite things to do is to play in the mall at the kettles. I think I enjoy it more than the rest of my family. I love that all five of us, plus one or two more, make up our small group. I love sharing that time with my boys.