Time to slow down and enjoy the season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know, I know, I can’t help myself I love fall, Easter, Halloween and New Years Eve also and they all seem very wonderful when they are happening. I trust that you have had a wonderful 2013 and are looking toward 2014 with joyful anticipation of what this New Year will bring.

I can’t thank you enough for reading and following along with my column and I hope you have gained some knowledge and laughs along the way. It always warms my heart to hear that you are reading and I covet those emails and the people who stop me just to say “Hey are you the lady from the paper?”

Thank you Central Alberta for reading, I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas imaginable and a very healthy and prosperous New Year.

Favourite or not, Christmas is a hectic time and we rush here and there to complete endless lists only to come home and have to wrap and wrap and WRAP mounds of gifts. I am just completing a two day marathon of shopping and wrapping, I will call it ‘showrapping’ just to save myself time. There are days when you feel that you can’t fit one more thing into your day and then you get a phone call from a friend who is in from out of town – you haven’t seen each other in months and do you have time for coffee? Of course you do! You rush through your lengthy list to make it to your favourite coffee spot just in time to hug your dear friend. This is Christmas, this is the joy of the season and the connectivity that we all need to live a complete life.

It’s just one more thing in our day that we find we don’t have time for but once we squeeze it in, we have a sense of satisfaction that we could not have anticipated. I hear more and more people who are not putting up Christmas decorations because they are away or just don’t feel like it. I say NO!! Take the time, hang some twinkly garland and put out the cookies, even if you didn’t bake them yourself.

I was very reluctant to decorate this year. Finishing my basement and the constant mess did not have me in a festive mood but my lovely daughter came over and we hung decorations to our favourite tunes and cooked our version of brown sugar glazed nuts and bolts. Before long the tree was trimmed and I immediately fell into a festive mood, I know when I am in a celebratory state when I start going on the hunt for glittery items. The only time I buy really sparkly decorative accessories is at Christmas, I have a strong affection for glittery silver objects.

The presents are wrapped with silver and gold with a few bright red bows for a pop of colour and I am working towards having everything put together within the next few weeks. I encourage you to get a little Christmas, right this very minute! For your own merriment, add a dash of sparkle to your home, turn on the cable Yule log and listen to some acoustic jazz Christmas. Even a dash of Christmas will cheer up your home this season.

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

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