Sunday, November 1, 2009

Taking Back November

Halloween is over so I know what’s coming. I’ve seen the signs for weeks but with such lovely weather it’s been easy to put it out of my mind. Even seeing Nikki and Tia’s photos of their Christmas Sweater shopping trip didn’t phase me. I have a long time. I keep telling myself this.

And then it happened. I was driving to pick up Michael Jr. from church and I flipped on the radio. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting to hear but it sure wasn’t CHRISTMAS MUSIC! What did I do to deserve that?

I’m sure there are people who would consider me some sort of Scrooge. But I’m not. I love Christmas. I just think we all need to take it easy and take back November. Back when I was a kid and we walked to school a mile in the snow uphill both ways, Christmas didn’t get going until sometime in December. At our house it was even more abbreviated because my birthday is December 12th and we didn’t put up any decorations until after that. Okay, maybe a poinsettia or two. We’d never get a tree until a few days before Christmas because Dad would dig one up to plant later in the yard.

I remember back in ye olde days of yore hearing my parents and their friends complain that the Christmas commercials would start up the day after Thanksgiving. Now we see the decorations come out about the time the kids head back to school. I never wanted my blog to be a Complaint-O-Gram but this just bugs me. The commercialism of Christmas has absorbed Thanksgiving and now Halloween.

I like the idea of things slowing down right now. I want to chill out and recharge my batteries for a month before I get all worked up over an over scheduled calendar and high expectations. I want a month of gearing up for Thanksgiving. No, let me rephrase that. I’m taking a month to gear up for Thanksgiving. I want to spend some quality time being grateful, teaching my family to be grateful, cooking comfort foods with my daughter, taking walks and even more hikes. I want to prepare my mind and home for Christmas this year and it’s got nothing to do with twinkle lights or Bing Crosby. Not that I don’t love them both.
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  1. I couldn't agree more! On my Amazon list, I have a book called Unplug the Christmas Machine. I don't know if it's any good, but I love the title!


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