Tag Archives: holidays

That Special Time Of Year…

22 Nov

This has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to write about my thoughts for a long time, but today felt like a good day to rant.

This post was triggered by two occurrences: 1. The Patriots wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and 2. Christmas decorations being on display in CVS BEFORE HALLOWEEN. I probably could have written about this in two different posts, but I’m lazy so I lumped it all together.

Before I continue, let me first say that I don’t think spreading awareness about worthy causes is wrong AT ALL and honoring/supporting/remembering those who have struggled with/overcome/defeated/ live with a disease or some sort of adversity is a very respectable thing to do. I understand why the Patriots were wearing pink, and it’s touching- it just got me thinking about the sheer number of awareness days/months that exist.

A little Wikipedia search lead me to this page and this page and this page and this page– and I’m sure none of these lists is exhaustive. Take a look at the month of October- it’s kind of astounding how many things we should be thinking about and supporting in October. And yellow ribbons- they represent 9 different causes/diseases/groups. Orange ribbons represent 12. Don’t even get me started on the green ribbon. If you’re wearing a green ribbon to show your support for cerebral palsy, please note that you’re also supporting the legalization of marijuana, Lyme disease, and pedestrian safety.

(Fun side note: when people first started putting the magnetic ribbons on their cars, my mother was seriously annoyed by them and thought it would be a fun prank to walk through a crowded parking lot and swap ribbons from car to car. I don’t think she ever actually did it, but I thought it was a hilarious idea. She’s not opposed to supporting causes; she’s just not a fan of bumper stickers in general.)

I guess I have two thoughts here: If someone is passionate about something, wouldn’t they support it each and every day? Why need a special day or month to promote it? Also, at some point, doesn’t the prevalence of so many awareness days/months make the idea of having a special month for one thing that’s also the special month for something completely different seem somewhat meaningless? I apologize for that sentence, but I’m not changing it.

This leads me to holidays, mainly Christmas. My family celebrates Christmas entirely in the getting together, having fun, celebrating another year gone by, and appreciating the season of giving kind of way- nothing religious- and I look forward to our traditions and those few days together each year. We decorate the house, drive around to look at light displays, exchange stockings and gifts, eat certain meals, etc., and look on it as a special time of year- not one that we need to begin preparing for in October! Before Halloween! Who would buy a chocolate Santa in October? That’s just dumb and kind of gross if you think about that chocolate Santa sitting in someone’s closet for two months until it’s put in a kid’s stocking.

In my mind, the Christmas season starts after Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving! Why do retailers always seem to forget about Thanksgiving??? I guess it’s because there’s no gift shopping involved, but I think some candy company could jump on that. I’d totally eat a chocolate turkey) and I don’t really think about Christmas decoration or sending cards or buying gifts until after turkey day. But retailers keep putting decorations out earlier and earlier every year and I guess people must be buying them or else stores wouldn’t do it. But it still makes me angry. Let Halloween have it’s moment- don’t have the red and green candy out with the orange and black. Take a moment between holidays to take a breath. Really celebrate Thanksgiving and think about what it means. Then, move on to Christmas. With decorations and shopping happening earlier and earlier, the holiday loses its meaning and excitement for me- it just doesn’t seem special when the decorations and songs and commercials are shoved in your face for 2 months or more.

Mom, please don’t take offense to this. I know you listen to Christmas music year round because it makes you happy, and I’ve finally decided I’m OK with that, just as long as I don’t have to hear it until the Saturday after Thanksgiving when we go chop down our tree.

Crap, I just realized that I missed World Television Day. I’ll have to make up for that this weekend. Couch, here I come!

(I just noticed that I used the word “special” a lot in this post. Someone should buy me a thesaurus for Christmas. Just don’t purchase it before 11/29, please).

Song of the Day: Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song. Thanksgiving needs more songs, I think.

Post Holiday Holiday Post.

31 Dec

So, Rachel and I decided we were going to write holiday posts. Hers is awesome. I failed at writing mine, even though I had it all planned out. I don’t hate the holidays or anything; I just wasn’t feeling inspired. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas snuck up on me this year. So, instead of reminiscing about Christmases past, and also because it’s New Year’s Eve, I’m going to reminisce about some of my favorite moments from this past year. I was going to put them in chronological order, but I’m feeling kind of lazy.

2012:

Rachel and I started this blog. That was pretty cool.

I got to celebrate the 1st anniversaries of the three couples whose weddings I was in last year. I didn’t actually see any members of these couples on their anniversaries, or even near their anniversaries, but I did have my own private celebrations. In a non-creepy way.

I loved “True Blood” nights with M & E. We always had yummy air popped popcorn. I also loved “The Walking Dead” nights with my roommate, especially the season 3 mid-season finale where we screamed loudly, several times, and yelled a lot at the TV. Sorry, downstairs neighbors!

Rachel and I (and Lincoln) went to our disaster of a high school reunion. Although it may not have been well attended, it was great to see those who were there and catch up with old friends. I also got super drunk and threw up in my parents’ bathroom sink. I’m awesome.

At said reunion weekend, we got to see Alia and her husband. I think that may have been the one time the Trifecta was together all year. It was lovely. And we had creemees. Alia stuck her tongue in mine.

We had a super fun road trip to get to the reunion. My fondest memory from the road trip was Rachel, Lincoln, and me all singing “Shut Up” by Blink 182 at the top of our lungs. Now I think about it every time I drive to Vermont.

My good friend from work got married this fall. It was a beautiful wedding. Aside from seeing my friend walk down the aisle and celebrating the couple’s happiness, my favorite part of the wedding was when my tights, which ripped BEFORE I left my house but I wore them anyway, kept falling down and I had to take them off and throw them away in the bathroom at the reception. Luckily I had the forethought to bring boy shorts to put on under my dress. I figured going commando in a short dress at a wedding would not be classy.

I got chased by a gopher in a cemetery. Long story.

I got to go white water tubing with my roommate and friends for her birthday. It. Was. Awesome.

Rachel, Lincoln, and I went to the circus to see our friend, The Ringmaster. It was super fun. The circus is amazeballs. I also won a painting done by an elephant. Score!

My mom and I got matching pajamas for Christmas and we wore them all day. We looked adorable.

My good friend from work and I had a fabulous time at our work holiday party. Going to a party from 3 pm to 5 pm on a Thursday in a huge room full of faculty and staff from a large University may not sound like fun, but it’s seriously the best day of the year. My friend and I played “How Much Wine Can You Drink In Ten Minutes” and we both won. It was a great night, for several reasons. Instead of the Holiday Party, I’m going to start calling it The Annual Shitshow.

And, my most favorite memory from 2012 was when Miss Rachel called me from London with an announcement. I had just gotten on the bus on a Friday afternoon heading home from work when my phone rang. Rachel never calls (we communicate via text message, Facebook, email, and Snapchat exclusively), so I knew it was important. She was calling to tell me that she and Lincoln had gotten engaged and to ask me to be her maid of honor. I accepted immediately. And I cried.  I’ll never forget that afternoon.

So, there you have it. I had a pretty great 2012.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Song of the Day: Take Your Time (Coming Home) by Fun.