My mother would be appalled, but I can walk around the same dust bunny for weeks without noticing that he’s taken up residence and started a soccer team. I wasn’t always like this. When the children were young, I had regular days for cleaning, laundry, scrubbing floors and polishing furniture. And I do mean polishing. None of that once over lightly with a worn out undershirt. I’m talking serious lemon oil and elbow grease.
My husband recalls those days with a certain fondness but not even he will suggest that I leave my desk and current WIP to battle dust bunnies and grime. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for every job he’s taken over but when the air takes on a definite chill and the wind starts blowing colorful leaves around the yard, there is something very comforting about the ritual of making the house ready for the upcoming holidays.
Maybe it’s something so old and embedded in my DNA that it harkens back to the days when cleaning was part of a ritual that marked the beginning and ending of the seasons. I can’t think of another reason that I’d smile while scrubbing every inch of woodwork in the house or washing the curtains.
The ritual isn’t complete until, at the end of a very busy week, I light a pumpkin candle, sit down with a cup of my favorite tea or coffee and nibble on cookies that have just come out of the oven. When the house is clean and smells of cookies and pumpkin, I know the holiday season is just around the corner. I look forward to a little craziness and a lot of love.
What about you? Do you have a comforting holiday ritual?
Until next month,
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