Hello, Holiday Season

by Joan on November 24, 2010

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I’m already over it.

You know what I’m talking about.

Yep, the holiday season.  The one that started in AUGUST when stores started replacing their back-to-school supplies with Christmas decorations.  And then the election ads (which could not be worse) were immediately replaced with YOU MUST BUY THIS NOW ads.  To top it off, news reports that make it sound like it’s our civic duty to spend money this holiday season—or our economy will collapse.

It is sucking the life blood out of me.  And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

I do not want to go to malls, buy “backup” gifts for unexpected visitors, spend hours shopping for a clever white elephant gift (and then pretend I found it in the back of a closet) or bring home cookies from cookie swaps (no one eats cookies at my house.)  I especially don’t want to shop on Thanksgiving Day, which is apparently the new trend in retailing. (Oddly enough I’ve been writing about the great gifts I’ve found online.  Go figure how that’s fun, but actual shopping isn’t.)

I want the holidays to be about working jigsaw puzzles and watching A Charlie Brown Christmas with the family, sipping mulled wine in front of a fireplace with friends, and hikes in the snow with the dogs.  I want to while away the evening at my favorite restaurant with my favorite peeps.  I want to reconnect with folks I’ve been missing all year.

I’m thinking about turning my home into an” Out-of-Control Holiday” safehouse this year.  Minimal decorations (no Santas, snowmen or anything red), savory good-for-your-body treats to counteract the sweets of the season, an adult beverage or two, a cozy blanket to wrap up in, and a dog that will plop her big square head into your lap and look at you lovingly.  I’ll have an open door policy for all my friends—they can drop by after shopping, or better yet, INSTEAD of shopping.

I’ve changed my mind.  I’m not over it, yet. If this works, it’s going to be a very, very good holiday season.  I’m feeling better already.

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