I love this time of year. I love the leaves and the weather and the lattes (pumpkin spice), and I love the very long countdown to Christmas. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having gleeful awareness that The Big Day is only three months away. I don’t think there is anything wrong with making lists. (1: Buy the new She & Him Christmas album the literal second it comes out. October 28th. You’re welcome. 2: Burn another copy of the first She & Him Christmas album, because two of the songs sound kind of skippy from previous years’ overplaying.)
I get kind of bummed when friends gnash their teeth over stores advertising Christmas layaway this early. No one is being forcefed gingerbread, guys. No one is sneaking candy canes under anyone’s pillow. Christmas doesn’t take anything away from Halloween (which I love) or Thanksgiving (which I extra love). The anticipation of winter holidays is just a part of why this pumpkin season is so great.