So, today I’m going to have to do something that I don’t really enjoy.
Last year about this time, I made a statement on the ole’ blog that is coming back to bite me (or perhaps prove me a liar). You see, last year I said, and I quote, “IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR CHRISTMAS TO SNEAK UP ON YOU IN BRANSON.”
In fact, I went to great lengths to explain to my readers why this was the case. And, I must say that in my experience to that point, this was an entirely true statement.
But, not any more. Nope. I am sad to report that Christmas 2012 has definitely snuck up on me.
Now, I realize that Christmas is still several weeks away and that I have plenty of time to do all the things that I usually do to prepare. I am not panicking. But, I do recognize that I am not nearly as on the ball as in years past.
This is not Branson’s fault.
Ozark Mountain Christmas has rolled out in the same fashion as in years past. Christmas shows started at the beginning of November as usual. Businesses along the strip soon followed with their Christmas lights and decorations. Silver Dollar City lit up their park for “An Old Time Christmas.” Starbucks started serving their peppermint mocha. All of these are the very things that typically prod me into the Christmas spirit right after we put our Halloween costumes away. But, not this year.
Why? Well, I think the answer is pretty simple. I have been a complete homebody for the past month. And when you’re a homebody: 1) You are not attending Christmas shows or going out to Silver Dollar City, 2) You do not leave your house after dark (which is pretty early these days), so you don’t notice that the Christmas lights are even up, 3) You think that making your own peppermint mocha at home is “just as good” (you are delusional, but this is what you reason).
So, let me set the record straight . . . IT IS POSSIBLE FOR CHRISTMAS TO SNEAK UP ON YOU, EVEN IN BRANSON!!
But even so, it is also possible for me to thoroughly enjoy these next few weeks of Christmas in Branson. May I present to you the “Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson Even When You’ve Ignored the First Month of the Season”:
Well, that should about do it. Come on down (or up or over) to Branson and enjoy the beauty of the season. I just might see you here!