Do I really want to go here? No, but I will. There are only 3 weeks left until Thanksgiving! And then you know what that means ... Christmas shopping! Yuck. When did Christmas get so commercialized? Is this something we are teaching our kids? Lord, I hope not, but more and more I am witnessing this fact. "What are you getting me?" "Gimme this; Gimme that." Whatever happened to the joy of the holiday; of getting together with the people who mean the most to you in your life; sharing good food, good company, laughter and joy. Counting your blessings and rejoicing in the spirit of the holiday. Why does the holiday equate with Visa, Mastercard and malls now?
At work, my Supervisor asked me and my co-shift supervisors if we wanted to have a Christmas party and a gift exchange. I said no. I think I offended some of the others. Why they don't go ahead and do something amongst themselves, I don't know. Instead, I would much rather as a group just get together for dinner and enjoy each other's company and get to know each other better.
Bah Humbug? I don't think so, but if that's all Christmas is to people now instead of the spirit, joy and happiness, then I guess you can call me Ebenezer. It's not even December yet and I'm already dreading it.
I don't look forward to decorating either. Mainly because I lack creativity and it feels like a chore to decorate. I know there are a lot of people that really go all out to decorate the inside and outside of their homes and, don't get me wrong....they look nice, but it's that commercialism thing again. So many people have to have the newest decorations and lots of 'em, so cha-ching! Someone is making money off of the holiday. My parents never went out and bought a new tree and all the trimmings every year but that seems to be the trend.
As much as I would like to hide under my bed until it's over, I can't. The Holidays are quickly approaching and it seems like it comes around faster with each year. So, as with years gone by, I will try to make the best of it, keep smiling and pray the radio station plays a variety of Christmas songs instead of the same ones over and over. One of my favorites is "The Twelve Pains of Christmas" by Bob Rivers Comedy Group. So, at least if I can't avoid the whole holiday thing, I can at least laugh my ass off.
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