Is it me, or does every year seem to fly by faster than the year before? Seasons change, birthdays come and go. One day you’re young and carefree, the next you have a two and a half-year-old screaming because the big red truck on the street went bye-bye (or is that just me?). Everything and everyone always seems to be in such a rush. Whether it’s racing to get to work or waiting for your kids to hit their next milestone. Run run run run run.
The holidays are just another thing on the never-ending “rush” list. You can barely get the words “Happy New Year!” out before the stores start shoving Valentine’s Day decorations down your throat. And before you can even tear down the “not so Pinterest worthy” Valentine’s Day box you made for your kids, it’s already time for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. The cards, the gifts, the candy. All the things that each holiday brings start creeping up on you faster than you can handle.
Next comes Summer. The fastest of all the seasons. Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day. Then, boom! In the blink of an eye, Summer is gone and all you’re left with is a sunburn and an overabundance of freezies and parade candy. Time to break out the Fall decor and bring on the pumpkin spice! Now the time has come to pick out Halloween costumes and prepare for Winter. Wait… wasn’t it just Summer? Just when you think it’s safe to finish off that Halloween candy it’s Thanksgiving time! And then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for all year long… CHRISTMAS!
Warning… Unpopular opinion ahead…
Christmas is not my favorite time of year. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Christmas. I love decorating my home, making cookies, and now seeing the holiday through my son’s eyes. Winter is also one of my favorite seasons, another unpopular opinion. What I don’t like about the Christmas season is how it takes over. December 26th comes and everyone is already counting down the days until next Christmas. All year long if there’s something you want, add it to the Christmas list. Oh, Summer is over? Great, we can talk about Christmas.
Am I being too much of a bah-humbug? Maybe! Do you want to know what my favorite holiday is? Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and I feel like it doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s one of the few holidays that doesn’t require you to go over the top. No need for gifts or cards, just some subtle decorations and you’re good to go. It’s also about celebrating my three favorite things. Food, family, and friends. A day to enjoy the things you have and the people in your life, and eat (which is one of my favorite pastimes). Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is short lived due to the dreaded Black Friday. (Do not get me started on Black Friday, I could go on for days about my disdain towards it).
All in good fun
I have a group of friends who get a huge kick out teasing me about Christmas. It usually starts the day after Christmas and continues off and on throughout the year. They’ll tag me in the occasional Christmas countdown on Facebook. Or post a funny Christmas meme on my wall from time to time. I typically respond with an angry face and a sarcastic remark. It’s all in good fun. It’s not that I’m the Grinch and hate Christmas, I just like to enjoy all the other holidays too!
Why do we rush each holiday? Why do we already start counting down the days ’til Friday when Monday comes? Time is flying by so quickly on its own and it seems like we’re just adding fuel to the fire. I understand that corporate stores have a job to do. They only have a small window of time to get the next season of goodies on the shelves to give everyone time to pick up the items they need to celebrate. Well, folks, my life is not a corporate commodity and I for one just want to slow down!