Do you know what just tweaks my melon somethin’ fierce? It doesn’t need to as much as it does but it does as much as it does……Christmas forever early. It gives me a twitch in my left eye a little.
I live in Utah. For some reason people here think that when the Holidays (did you catch the plural on that?) come around that it should actually be only thought of as one Holiday. Christmas Christmas Chrismas. Now don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas as much as any normal person should. I’m all for being giving and extra loving and all, BUT I’m also a big fan of the things that preceed that.
Take Thanksgiving. It is a FANTASTIC holiday. We celebrate it to remember the good stuff in life because, let’s face it, we have way too much fun being ungrateful the rest of the year unless we’re forced to do other wise. So we give ourselves the chance to remember why life is worth living. Or so one would think…..
Not actually the case. Thanksgiving has become an almost completely worthless holiday. Christmas has taken over. I’m driving down the street and people have Christmas decorations up, Christmas music has been playing since BEFORE Halloween (that’s right. You read that correctly) and I feel all commercialized and and a little dirty because of it.
I say let me have the Holidays in the correct order. Give me my Halloween so I can over indulge on bite sized candies, be someone or something else for a night so I can wreak as much havoc as I can (which being me, isn’t very much havoc at all. Huh, now that I think of it, I can’t remember the last time I actually wreaked any havoc. What is this “havoc” that I’m speaking of? Anyway, I still want to be able to wreak some someday.) and feel like a heathen to some degree.
Then let the joys of Thanksgiving help ease the guilt of my gluttony and indulgence. Let me remember the good people that make me smile and help me make it through my days. Let me realize just what I have so I can be more open to seeing what others don’t have and what, in my over-flowing abundance (or meager bits of extra), I can do to help those around me.
Then, when this point has been reached, give me Christmas. This then becomes the time of year that it should be. A time of love, Charity, patience, and peace unto all.A time of remembering the greatest gift that was ever given and what a loving God we have.
See? I like Christmas too. But, I ask you, do you see where I’m coming from? Do you??
Ok. Sorry I went all sorts of crazy on you back there. I’m breathing again. Heart rate is going back to a normal pace. All is well. *Smiles*