Yup, December 2 for the “Welcome December” blog post. Bah humbug! 🙂

As I think about December a couple of things jump out:

  1. I must be getting old, because it seems like school just started and we are in the middle part of the year?
  2. I must be getting old because I’m just not excited about Christmas this year.
  3. I must be getting old.

I’ve been feeling all of my 44 years as of late and I’m not sure why. Part of it is weight.  I know I’m over weight and have started running (if you call it that) on the treadmill right now.  I may need to run outside again after reading “An Open Letter to my Track Coach”, but that’s whole different post (written by a former student, I just had to share that here).  It seems like we’ve been totally overwhelmed by all that is life right now. Between work, school, family nonsense, the joy of the season has certainly been muted.

However, putting the Christmas tree up in the sunroom lifted my own spirits.  We may get a second tree, a live one, to put into our living room, but just the lights and tree I’ve been asked by my former band teacher (yes, I work with my jr. high/HS band teacher – very cool), who now works with our middle school band to play with their group. I was a tuba player way back in the day, so I’ve actually had an extra instrument at home, practicing my part in “Hark the Harold Tubas Sing”.  I’ve ordered Christmas lights for my tuba and am getting my Santa hat out too.

The best thing which has gotten me out of a  bit of a funk is reading Charles Dickens, A Chirstmas Carol, to my 8th graders.  Again, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve read this book and the language and descriptions of Dickens have me smiling about the season again. While I’m not sure the 8th graders are totally buying into it, it’s made me take a step back and reevaluate. Am I doing what I can to allow my student the chance to feel a little joy in my room? Am I doing what I can to bring a little joy to those around me? If not, how can I? How can I do something small that will echo around

So, as we think about ALL the things we have to do (and there are many), how can we celebrate what we have, welcoming December with open arms rather than a sigh.  Nope, no answers here, but I do now by allowing myself the right to not have everything done at once, it’s allowed me to relax a little bit. Maybe, just maybe, this can be an enjoyable month.

Welcome December. I’m glad you are here. 🙂