Last week, I got the urge to decorate. Not for Christmas, although I understand that people are already doing that. I wanted to decorate for Thanksgiving. I wanted to create some centerpieces, a thankful tree, and some silly clay turkeys.
Silly me. Who knew that I'd go to the craft store 10 days before Thanksgiving and find not one shred of fall?
To be clear, I'm not complaining about the rows and rows of Christmas things. I was simply confused. I mean, it was 10 DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING and I couldn't find anything. Not one stem, not one leaf.
Maybe I was missing something. When I asked the sales associate she said, "We sold out of everything last month. Right around Halloween."
"Wow," I said.
Apparently I need to get with the whole seasonal decor program.
A few minutes later, I overheard another lady ask, "Do you have anything for Thanksgiving?"
Yes! I thought. I'm not the only one.
Now I was on a mission. Despite the promise I'd made to myself to keep it simple, I decided to drive across town to another craft store. There wasn't much left. After explaining my situation—This is my first time here, and I'm obviously late to the Thanksgiving party. Can you please help me?—the sales associate pointed me to the remains, which was all marked down 50%. She even gave me some ideas about ways to put it all together.
After that, gathering the rest of the supplies was easy. Turns out, there's no shortage of googly eyes, construction paper, and turkey feathers.
And, the kids were willing participants:
I did all of this, knowing that once Santa arrives on the Macy's parade float, it will be officially Christmastime in our house.
But here's the thing: It doesn't matter what's in stock or out of stock, what's on sale, or the fact that Christmas music has been playing in the background since October.
It's never too early, or too late, for gratitude. It's not seasonal. (click to tweet)
It's more than a holiday.
We can be make a decision to be thankful, all year round.
Did you know that many of us have a limited tolerance for feeling good? In my latest post for Best Kept Self, I admit that I have an upper limit problem. Do you? Read the full article here.
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