Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Before Christmas? Who Cares As Long As There's Pie!

Seriously?  It's already time for the next question?  I haven't even responded to the comments from the last post yet.  Let's just get on with it, shall we?

Carrie's amazing contest is still happening and it's not too late to join in, although I really hope you don't.  Because that means the odds stay in our favor.  The few of us who were smart enough to participate.  And this weeks question is:

How do you feel about the holidays this time of the year, particularly the ever-melding of ThanksChristgivmasing that is continually being 'pushed' more and more each year?



My opinion is, I don't care.  I know this isn't the popular answer and to that, I also don't care.  As a matter of fact, I kind of appreciate the reminder that Christmas is right around the corner.  And I'll tell you why.  I'm that idiot who thinks they have all the time in the world to get their Christmas shopping done.  And then, guess what?  I'm at the mall on Christmas Eve, shouldering my way through the crowds in a panic trying to recall if a Victoria's Secret gift card is an appropriate gift for my 7 year old niece or if I could get away with re-gifting a dildo that was only used once for an online review.  I wouldn't re-gift that to my niece, of course.  That would just be absurd. 

I like Thanksgiving and I like Christmas.  Both of them represent a time of year to reflect on what we're thankful for, what we're blessed with and to appreciate the people and creatures in our lives that we adore and love.  This is what I think about when I hear Jingle Bells being played through the speakers at the mall.  I don't think about the commercialism of Christmas or the obligations or the money that I'm required to spend.  I DO think about the people in my life who will appreciate the small (very small) tokens of love I'll send them to show that they've been in my thoughts and that I care about them.

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving.  Spending it with my family who I love like nothing else in the world and who drive me crazy like nothing else in the world.  For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are both a time to celebrate the things we hold most dear.  Family, friends, loves, our beliefs.  In my opinion the sooner we start up the band to remind us of what's important to us, the better.  How can that be a bad thing?

12 comments:

  1. I don't care all that much, either. It definitely is commercialized, but you don't have to focus on that part if you don't want to. I'm mostly interested in getting my yummy dinner two months in a row :)

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    1. It is most definitely overly commercialized and it is difficult not to get swept up in it. Being broke, that's not something I need to worry about. :)

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  2. We dont have Thanksgiving here in Australia so the shops have decided that October is the perfect time to start shoving Christmas down our necks. It really has diluted the excitement of the season for me as it seems to go on forever

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    1. Ummm...I'm okay with two months of joviality but October is pushing it, even for me.

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  3. It's pretty easy to get overwhelmed with all of the obligations and things that seem to come piling in during the holidays. I can easily start to dislike everything going on if I try to do too much.

    My most favorite things is just going for a walk in the crunchy snow to look at Christmas lights.

    .....and of course, pie! :)

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    1. Exactly! It's when we allow ourselves to feel obligated that some of the Christmas magic starts to wane.

      I really do love that part of Christmas. The lights, the warm snuggly clothes, the hot drinks and yes, PIE!

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  4. Hold on, the gift of lingerie is NOT appropriate for a child? Shit. Back to buying them Four Loco, I guess.
    I'm with you, at this point, complaints about "how early they start pimping Christmas" are more annoying than hearing Christmas music in October. It just means everyone is distracted, people are taking vacations and anyone who doesn't work in retail doesn't have to work that hard.

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    1. Oh my effing hell! I just googled Four Loco. That's really a thing??? And marketed towards minors? Where have I been and how do I get my hands on this shiz??

      Ugh! Vacations and people working less. That crap is just the WORST!

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  5. I do all my Christmas gift shopping early on Christmas Eve morning. Because I hate shopping and really postpone it as long as I can.

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  6. We do have friends that we celebrate Thanksgiving with over here, but since it doesn't exactly exist in Ireland, I can decorate for Christmas early (like I did last week) and not feel guilty! It's the best of both worlds!

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  7. Amen.

    And I'm always at the mall on Christmas Eve. there's something to be said about procrastination...

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  8. This is a really refreshing attitude, and I like how you don't give a shit who knows that you appreciate the shopping season. I guess I really don't care either, though I do pity da fools who have to work ON THANKSGIVING DAY this year. I am sure the douchebag company execs who came up with that idea will be home stuffing their fat faces.
    Yes, I'm bitter, I've worked retail.
    ;)

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