There are many things to love and hate about the holiday season. I’ve summarized some of mine right here.
Hate #1: Materialism – Which can be neatly summed up in a Lexus commercial. I hate those commercials. The first time I saw one I wanted to throw up I was so angry. Here are some of the issues I have with those commercials:
- They encourage jealousy. The richies of the world can afford that stupid car and I can’t.
- They encourage marital strife. The husband didn’t even tell his wife he was dropping 60-thou on that, apparently, frivolous item.
- They encourage greed and coveting your neighbor’s crap. I’m already busy coveting that giant Snoopy snow globe in my neighbor’s front yard, I don’t need to add a Lexus to the list.
That’s my mini-rant on materialism and…hold up…my battery is low on this iPad. I need to recharge it. Let me switch to my iMac, while I listen to my iPod and then take that call on my iPhone. Excuse me.
Love #1: Putting up Christmas decorations: I love opening up our five tubs of décor and lights and seeing how my anal retentiveness paid off for once in that all our lights are neatly separated and tied up with twist ties. It’s a thing of beauty. I love to see my kid’s giddiness for and anticipation of the day we put up our decorations. It’s reminiscent of my own excitement as a kid. I think about how as a kid I wanted to have a million lights on our house when I grew up just like in Christmas Vacation. Then I realized that that’s expensive and a lot of work. So we have four strands with about eight lights each thrown across the top of our bushes instead.
Hate #2: Getting the kids photos done at the Portrait Studio
To get this…
|They’re shoeless because only Autumn has presentable shoes.|
it took me getting to this point…
Took my kids to the portrait studio today. Could have only been more enjoyable if they had tacked on a rectal exam with it.
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) November 21, 2013
Love #2: Being with Family at Christmas Time – This year we’ll have visited with all our parents within a month of Christmas. Considering that none of them live near us, that’s pretty cool. This year my father-in-law will be spending Christmas Day with us. He’s one of the top five funniest people I personally know (I have a list), plus, he likes to pick up lint and other small objects off the floor. So we’ll have entertainment and my carpets will finally get cleaned.
Hate #3: Getting our Christmas letters sent out – I have to verify addresses, determine who doesn’t have email and print those letters/envelopes, determine who gets a photo of the kids, etc. Plus, I have to write the thing. Over the past few years the letter has been a place for me to showcase my writing and attempts at humor, but now that I have the blog I feel like I’ve said it all. So, here’s what our letter may look like this year:
Merry Christmas! Here’s what the Hall’s have been up to this year…
Love #3: Visiting Downtown Chicago – We live in the suburbs of Chicago and always make a trip downtown at Christmas time to visit Water Tower Place, the Christmas windows at Macy’s, and walk along the Magnificent Mile. Traditionally, we wait in a two hour line for a table around the Christmas tree in the Walnut room at Macy’s or skip the line and go to foodlife at Water Tower Place. At foodlife, we each take turns picking out a kiosk to visit and bringing back a surprise entree. We always look forward to this. But, truth be told, it usually turns into a time of freezing and frustration as we shuffle through the crowds screaming at the kids, worrying we’ll lose one of them the whole time. But, still, I can’t wait!
|Me, in front of the tree in the Walnut Room
I look like I’d had a bottle of whine wine.
Hate #4: Procuring, making, buying, and wrapping Christmas gifts. We limit the gifts to three per kid, but that’s still nine gifts to take care of, plus the stockings. It’s a lot of work and costs a lot of money. Typically, within a few months, the kids have relegated their once sought-after treasures to the Goodwill pile. You can only imagine the heartache I felt when, yesterday, Josiah brought in his stuffed Kermit The Frog doll we got him last Christmas and asked for it to be given away because he didn’t want it anymore. Well, Kermit’s not going anywhere. He’s staying with me. #crushrekindled
Love #4: Reading Christmas books to my children every night. It’s like our personal advent calendar except there’s no little door for a book to fall from and there’s also no chocolate. I’ve gathered over 30 Christmas books from Goodwill and garage sales over the past few years, so we read a different book each evening of December. But far too often, I put all this pressure on myself to read a book every night, then I forget one night and I have to double up the next night, but then forget that night and the next night, and I keep doing that until I’m in tears over the 10 stupid Christmas books I have to read in one night.
Hate #5: Christmas Gift Exchange at parties with extended family – This should be more appropriately called the Family Christmas Lottery. Bring a $20 gift to throw in the pile then pick, trade, and steal until great step-Aunt Henrietta, whom I’ve never seen before in my entire life, walks away with the $20 Starbucks gift card I brought and I’m stuck with the foot massager and Steve, with the hot pink Snuggie that I know was on sale for $8.99 at Kohl’s. My husband says I’m missing the point, that it’s for the fun of it…the camaraderie. Whatever.
Love #5: Christmas music starts in early November. This is probably on some people’s hate list. But nothing gets me more in the mood for Christmas (besides snow) than Burl Ives and Bing Crosby with a little George Michael and his Last Christmasthrown in. Oh, and Band-Aid singing Do They Know It’s Christmas. That song makes me cry. Not because of the tragedy of what the song was written for, but because most of the those singers are old now and practically dead. Then I think about my own aging and it makes me sad. (BTW, check out what Wikipediasays about the drama of the making of the song/video. Didn’t know there was so much animosity between Boy George and George Michael).
So, there’s my list. There are more things, but I’ll save those for next year. 😉
I hooked up with Something Clever 2.0 for Theme Thursday. The theme for this week is What I Love/Hate About The Christmas Season.