Monday, November 30, 2009
And So It Begins
Well Thanksgiving is past and we are about to embark on the second half of the holiday season. Each year it seems that this time of preperation for the upcoming events begins earlier and earlier. In my opinion this seems to drastically take away from the specialness of the holiday itself. Yet I do not think that this "tradition" will change anytime soon.
Christmas has become a commercial holiday whether we like it or not. The black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that have become almost as popular as the 2 holidays that they fall between prove this. Don't get me wrong I love a good bargain and I am not above trying to find a specific object at a great price especially in this time when funds seem to be tighter than normal. Yet camping out a day or sometimes 2 before the event starts to verify that you will be able to charge that store at the front of the line just seems sort of wrong.
Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving, thus if you do choose to camp out to secure your spot you will more than likely miss Thanksgiving dinner. What a trade that is. I would so much rather sit in the cold huddled in a pup tent eating cold food so that I may have a chance at one of the 2 or 3 items then store has marked way down. Sitting around a table in a warm house with loved ones eating a wonderful hot meal does not sound at all pleasing to me compared to this... I can not help but think somewhere our priorities got a bit skewed.
I can not talk to loud, Vincent & I put the lights up around the house a couple weeks ago, and my tree is already up. While I was cleaning and preparing for company over Thanksgiving, I thought I would just kill 2 birds with one stone and get it out of the way... What an attitude. Yea, it is done and I will not have to worry about it but still.
I guess in truth the only way one can combat this growing trend (or should I say fungus) is to start within ourselves. I truly do love the holiday season. I love the cooking of all the Christmas goodies, the wrapping of the presents and writing of the Christmas cards. I enjoy giving to those who are not as fortunate and help them to have a special Christmas, especially the children.
I intend to start my holiday "traditions" tomorrow. My Christmas cards will begin to be sent, the peppernuts, and gingersnaps will begin to be made, and I will more than likely wrap a few presents and place them under the tree. This year it is going to be very much a homemade Christmas, with very little of the high tech gadgets and such. Although finances are the main reason for this, I think that it may become another "tradition" of mine. It has helped me to realize the manner in which we have begun to trivalize this special time of year and to reflect more on the true meaning.
As you start your "traditions" or continue them throughout the month of December, I wish you peace and warm wishes for quiet real Yule time.