Another Christmas is over… and looking back upon the week-end’s festivities, what do you remember most vividly?
Was it standing in long lines to purchase those last-minute gifts.. or the gift that you purchased online 3 weeks ago that didn’t arrive in time…
or was it the pure, unadulterated hatred you felt for the poor grocery store clerks when you discovered the sauerkraut was GONE! …
It’s amazing to me how much pressure people put upon themselves to create the “perfect holiday”.
Call it “commercialization” or whatever catch-phrase you wish, but it is silliness!
I grew up in a family that celebrated major holidays, and I always defended our rituals to those who didn’t practice them (JW’s mainly, lol) … and yet strangely, I find myself drawing more distant from the traditions each year.
Even with 3 children… and Mia just celebrated her 2nd birthday on Christmas Eve!
Prior to Thanksgiving, my excuse was the lack of close-knit family to share an enormous meal with.
Why cook a banquet for 2 adults, and three tiny stomachs?
I joked about serving everyone peanut butter sandwiches, but wound up cooking pasta instead.
Part of my aversion towards food-related holidays could be the time I spent as a grocery manager, and having to deal with distraught and hateful people who couldn’t understand how the pumpkin crop disaster earlier in the season affected the pie filling shortage our warehouse was suffering.
They wanted their filling!
Apparently I didn’t know my brain from my butthole, and I should be fired immediately for incompetence!
However, somewhere deep inside, I simply grew dissatisfied with a culture that seemingly forgot the attitude of the pilgrims whom we idolize.
They left the comforts of England to forge a new country in a foreign hostile land, to gain independence, and hopefully not starve to death or be scalped by their neighbors.
Everywhere we are being reminded that Christmas is 3 weeks away.
Some people have been putting money aside all year, others are dreading their next paycheck – knowing they must squeeze a few more gifts from it.
Children are great about letting you know what they want (and expect)… the one thing guaranteed not to fall prey to procrastination, they’ve been planning and revising their lists for the last 6 months.
If you’re shopping for someone other than greedy children, however, you might not have a clue what to purchase as a gift.
Never fear, every retailer on the planet seems to know what your mother-in-law really wants this year.
One of the most irritating things about commercializing Christmas (for me, anyhow) is the amount of stereotyping you find…
Everyone is pigeonholed into a nifty little phrase or a couple keywords:
“My Handyman Husband”, “My Computer Geek Father”, “Our Son the Quarterback”, “Spa and Facial Lovin’ Sister-in-law”.
We wives automatically get jewelry, whether we want it or not… and apparently ALL teenagers love Twilight! It’s only a matter of knowing which “team” they’re on. Pul-eeeeze.
The Today show has been doing segments on gift-giving, and some of their recent suggestions included: beaded clutches, glittery earphones, lacy underwear, a $52.00 make-up kit (and she stated that it did NOT include mascara, lol) and a DVD of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” starring Danny DeVito.
I kid you not.
Actually, I think I just described a Philadelphia hooker.