Sunday Salon: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I won’t even go into my diatribe about feeling inundated with commercialism every time I turn on my computer, radio or television. If I did, I’d find my joy for the holidays robbed before they even started. Pushing past the pressure to buy, hurry, and rush through the season when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, let’s look at the joy there is to find around the blogosphere…

First, a package arrived from the UK earlier this week:

Apparently, my Persephone Secret Santa (hosted by Claire) wasted no time in ordering a book for me, and it is all I can do not to open it now. But, no, I’ll wait until December 15 when I can post the title and the giver’s name.

Next, my class and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the third Narnia film: The Voyage of The Dawn  Treader. I began reading the novel to them Friday, and if you’d like to read along before the release of the film on December 10, please join in. We’re posting during the first two weeks of December, and I have a brand new paperback edition to give away should you care to participate. Simply leave a comment that you want to read with us. Winner to be announced November 30th.

Finally, Kailana and Marg announced the Virtual Advent Tour on November 14. If this is new to you, you need to pop on over to their site and sign up for a date on which to post your thoughts during this beautiful Christmas season. I’m so excited to be given the date of December 7, the reason for which you’ll discover on that day.

Are you feeling the joy yet? Isn’t it exciting to anticipate the wonder to come in the next few months?!

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24 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”

  1. Oh no!!! That means I'm not your first piece of Christmas mail this year 😦 LOL…I think last year and the year before my Christmas card was your first one! I haven't even gotten them yet this year 😛 But you can certainly plan on keeping a lookout when I do!

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  2. Reading your post is getting me in the Christmas spirit though I'm barely feeling the Thanksgiving spirit as yet! Too many doctor's appointments before then! Have fun opening that package at Christmas!

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  3. You have been the first piece of Christmas mail I've received, and a treasured one at that! I can still remember last year's glittering snowflake…so beautiful. I bought cards tonight, and now I'm hoping that they don't just sit on the pool table in the basement like they do every year. Maybe this year I'll actually write in them and mail them!

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  4. Book Bird Dog, my reply to Chris came after your comment posted, so here's my reply to you:I hope to contribute to Christmas spirit! It's too easy to become frustrated with all the hustle and bustle around us so that we lose joy in the simple things like books and friends. I hope your doctor's appointments are nothing serious!

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  5. Like Book Bird Dog said, your post is getting me into the Christmas spirit. I am participating in Persephone Secret Santa, but I just realised that I won't be home yet on the 15th, so I think I won't find my gift until the 19th, possibly. One good thing about that is that I will not have to stare at it and restrain myself from opening it :)I wanted to ask: I have only read Prince Caspian of the Narnia books, does that matter if I try to read this book? Or should I read them in order?

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  6. Iris, if you have read Prince Caspian you'll be fine. I don't think it's necessary to read all the books in the series to understand them, it's only helpful for connecting the characters and some of the themes. I'd love it if you'd join in. Shall I enter you for the book?Gnoe, I can't wait to read about your Holiday Swap with what you give and what you received. Last year, I gave to Vasilly, and it was so much fun. We've been blogging together all year now.

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  7. I always get excited for the holidays when we decorate after Thanksgiving. My daughter is 3 this year and SOO excited about every toy that she sees on tv. The joys of commericials 🙂 But I am excited to see how she reacts to Christmas this year. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this week!

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  8. I'm delighted to see that your Persephone Secret Santa gift has arrived 🙂 Yours is the first post I have seen with a photograph although I know of a few other excited recipients; my own gift is sitting within my eye-line at the moment tempting me to open it :)I saw the movie trailer for Voyage of the Dawn Treader whilst seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this weekend and it has put me in the mood to reread the complete series… We shall see.

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  9. Samantha, it's so much fun to have a little one for the holidays! I miss going to the toy aisle with my son, who'd always be thrilled with the Lego sets. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!Claire, it was super exciting to receive the Persephone package straight from the UK. How envious I am of all of you who live there and can just drop in the shop any ol' time! The Narnia chronicles are a childhood favorite of mine, which I love as an adult, too. I have not been disappointed with Disney's version of Narnia, not like I am with their princesses! A little bit of a cartoon princess goes a long way with me. 😉

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  10. I just have to laugh, dear Bellezza – fussing about Christmas pressures here means that yours is the first Christmas blog I've read!It's one of the reasons I've found it increasingly important to live my life by the liturgical calendar rather than the commercial – which would have us in the Christmas season shortly after Labor Day. According to some we're still in "ordinary time". So, I offer a post about autumn today, and then perhaps a bit about Thanksgiving, and finally – in the fullness of time – an Advent post.Let the merchandisers and hypesters do their worst. My willingness to ignore is far greater than their ability to impress – though I'll try and do my part to get my cards out on time! 😉

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  11. "I've found it increasingly important to live my life by the liturgical calendar rather than the commercial" Amen, dear Linda!!!I wish that my ability to ignore was as strong as their ability to impress, or pressure. I have to fight the feeling of being bombarded, which you can see I didn't do very well by this post in itself.I am, however, greatly anticipating the Advent Calendar you sent me. What a joy that promises to be!

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  12. Funny, we were discussing the same overcommercialization last night. Someone in Mr. L-S's workplace was channel-surfing on the radio & found a station that was devoted to Christmas carols. Everyone present screamed, "Change it! It's not even Thanksgiving yet!" I suspect that the only folks who believe in pushing Christmas early are those in marketing…For what its worth, here is a link (I hope) to a beautiful Thanksgiving post. I think you'll like it; I hope you will: http://cricketandporcupine.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-comes-first.html

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  13. I a hoping to have time over Thanksgiving…while my college kids are catching up on their sleep….to start The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I already have it in my Kindle!!!I am ready for the Holidays!!! Btw, I will be having a blogging cookie recipe exchange the 2nd week of Dec!!

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  14. ds, our town has put up the Christmas decorations in all the store fronts, and the lights will be turned on the Friday after Thanksgiving. There's so much pressure to buy and rush. My husband and I were talking this morning about how much we miss the European way, at least when I lived there. The ornaments were simple glass, or wood, the evergreen boughs were real, the burning candles white. The treats were gingerbread…everything very simple. I'll go check out the post you left. Thanks for thinking of me because I know we have so many similar feelings.Sara, I'm so glad that you're reading The Voyage of The Dawn Treader with me. Wish we could see the film together, too! I saw that you were having a cookie recipe exchange; I'm thinking about participating, I'll let you know.

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  15. I'm excited for Christmas too! I'm in the UK and we don't have Thanksgiving here, so I'm already feeling quite Christmassy. I'm determined to not get caught up in commercialism and be tempted to buy more and more gifts though – I'm going to buy everyone thoughtful gifts from within my budget.

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  16. Thoughtful gifts from within one's budget are the best kind! There's nothing worse than having huge bills after the holidays, something I won't do. I try to buy all year long, really, so it's not such a stressful thing in December. I bet the UK is beautiful this time of year!

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  17. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Bellezza, although Thanksgiving has not yet arrived yet. Beyond the commercialism of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas is what I most enjoy. I did find a chocolate orange today at Trader Joe's to bring to a relative who's recovering from surgery. I am so behind in my reading commitments that I do not dare enter your giveaway/read-a-long but thanks for your generous offer.

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  18. I bought my first chocolate orange yesterday! I put it away in the cupboard, but I wanted to have one in the house for when Christmas is nearer. Did you get milk or dark?!It's too easy to get behind in reading committments; that's one of my goals for the New Year, to limit what I accept to review.

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  19. I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about Christmas! I'm still back on October, I think. I don't think I'll be re-reading The Voyage of The Dawn Treader this year, as I re-read it not too long ago (I'm very slowly making my way through the series again), but I'll definitely stick around to see the comments! Looking forward to the movie, too.

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  20. I think that inadvertantly I contributed to the 'rush toward Christmas' that I was complaining about at the beginning of this post. I meant to say, "Let's look forward to it," not, "It's here!"It'll be fun to discuss The Voyage of The Dawn Treader with you when the posts come around. I can't wait to see the movie; Disney did such a good job with the previous ones. Such a pleasant surprise.

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  21. Bellezza, it's not so much that I can't believe that Christmas is already 'almost here,' as I can't believe that it's already almost the end of November! Christmas really is my favorite time of year, so I can't complain too much…

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