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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fa, la, la, la, la...

Guess what day it is...

At 5:36 am this morning and enroute to my train, S and I stumbled up the cold concrete steps of our local Starbucks and found ourselves in a Winter Wonderland. Snowflakes pasted up all over the windows, piles of red and green bags of Christmas Blend in the windows, graphically creative displays of wreathes and Christmas trees everywhere in the store added up to a mildly overwhelming experience at 5:30 in the morning.

I have no idea why I get so excited when Starbucks breaks out the festive red cups and the hauntingly delicious Egg Nog Latte hits the menu again, maybe it's because I know Christmas and all that comes with it is just around the corner. I remember vividly the day they hit stores last year. The train station was empty as I made my way to work last year the Friday after Thanksgiving. Shuffling quietly to the escalators, crabby because I got stuck with coming into the office, I could see one other person walking down the hallway, a shining red Starbucks Christmas cup in their hand. It was a brightly lit beacon, guiding me down to the store, smells of steaming egg nog and spicy peppermint mochas wafting down the hallway.

Suddenly, I felt MUCH better, and realized I could use the day to crank out all our Christmas cards at my desk, while happily sipping on my drink.

It's the simple things I suppose.