Just got off the phone with my dear one, he was having a meltdown about Christmas and needed someone to rant at. For some reason he likes it that I can listen sympathetically while he rants, prod him a bit to get all the vile feelings out, snicker at bit at his creative swearing, and then we share a laugh once all the steam has been released. What’s it about? Nothing really, just aggravation over the crowded stores, the crazy drivers, the commercialism. You know. The usual.
There are so many things I like about the holiday season and quite a few that I don’t like. I thought I’d list them here:
1. My number one favorite thing is to sit in a dark living room, with just the lights from the tree on, watching sappy Christmas specials and movies on T.V.
2. Just sitting in a dark quiet, room with the tree lights on.
3. making an extra special effort to get out and see a few friends.
5. Lovely drinks.
6. vicarious wonder-as channeled through my children
8. Listening to a really nice male voice singing ‘Oh Holy Night’
9. making a wish list with the kids and figuring out what to get them.
10. Soaking in peace and goodwill and spreading it around. People really are very nice, generally.
2. pressure to ‘get stuff’
3. everyone else inflicting their Christmas ‘performance anxiety’ on me.
I absolutely get pissed right off at the continuous stream of people who ask: are you doing anything for Christmas?
What does that mean? Of course! I’m living. I’m enjoying some time with my family. Is there some rating system I don’t know about? No wonder people get so freaked out about Christmas. There is this underlying competition to go somewhere, do something that is unfounded.
4. People asking me, ‘are you ready for Christmas?’
Helloooooo! December 25th comes at the same time every year, ready or not. Why sweat it? God, people just tie themselves in knots with unrealistic expectations about what should be done for Christmas.
5. Blatant, outright manipulation and abuse by the merchants. Why does every holiday, every celebration have to be about ‘buying things’. I really hate that. Its out of hand in our society.
I think I restated this one in several different points so it much be my main objection.
And no, I don’t care if you call it Christmas, Yuletime, Hannukah, Kwanza or anything else. Its a special time for caring and sharing, slowing down and enjoying being in the moment.
Ok, I feel better now.
Actually, I feel really crabby. Wait, let me check my calendar….
Oh yeah, PMS, right on time. So typical.