Now that Halloween is officially over in a matter of hours, I guess the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday is upon us. There are cranberries and clementines in the markets. Not to mention I think I noticed more frozen hams and turkeys too. The Halloween decorations were shoved aside and put on sale so the other holiday items can begin to sell.
I’m wondering if I’ll see houses adorned with Christmas lights this week or next. Last year when I saw them early in November, I thought that due to the warm weather they had just put them up and were testing them. But they’d be on every night. I even saw some places with them still lit in February!!!
I will be totally honest with you and let you in on my little secret…I am a Christmas music junkie!!! Been listening to some CD’s for the last few weeks. I just love the tunes! I can’t help it! Was like this since I was a child. And, Silent Night makes me cry, for some reason it makes me think of family members not with my anymore and I shed tears at the loss. On another lighter note, I have also begun purchasing a few gifts, started months ago.
But what gets me the most is hearing people already complain about “the season” and how much they hate it. Really? How can anyone hate the holidays? Yea they have the right but then when I listen to why, I feel compelled to tell them that they are complaining about things they put upon themselves. Enjoy the season for what it is, for what it really means. If baking too many cookies or shopping for gifts is something you really hate and it takes away the joy of the season, DON’T DO IT! Eliminate the things that you don’t like and learn to enjoy again. The lights, the music, the giving, the togetherness, you can even enjoy everyone else’s decorations knowing that you aren’t the one that has to take them down and put them away. So, I guess what I’m saying is, if you really don’t like this time of the year figure out why and fix it. Learn to enjoy, learn to say no to the unimportant things. I mean really, do you have to make 5 different kinds of cookies and do you really have to buy everyone you know a gift, or can you make only one batch of cookies or maybe even NONE. Wouldn’t it be better to just buy a gift because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to. Isn’t an awesome feeling to give a gift to someone you really love and watch the joy in their eyes when they open it? That’s true giving.
And then there are the folks who don’t want to see ANYTHING related to Christmas till the week of. Why? Does it hurt? Who cares? If it makes people happy, why not. We need more happy people in the world!! So if looking at and shopping for Christmas stuff/decorations in the stores as soon as Halloween is over, why does it really bother you? I don’t particularly care for blood and guts scary movies that have been on for the last few weeks but it’s what other people enjoy, so let’em enjoy! I’ll watch something else.
So I challenge all you Scrooges out there to take a good long look inside yourself and try to find a way to enjoy the upcoming holidays. Try to see the holidays the way I see them. Let me know how you make out.
Oh, and one more thing, donate a gift. Contact you local Red Cross, your church, you can even go to Wal-Mart and grab one of those cards off the tree’s and buy a gift for a kid that way. DO IT! It’s an awesome feeling to know that you are making someone happy.
Enjoy the season!
Hugs and Love to all!