Milking Christmas

25 Nov

You realize there will be Christmas music soon, don’t you?

Oh yes.  Oh yes it’s time.

I have this habit of just floating on through the month as if it will never end.  We have so much time, I think. Golly, December is oodles of days away!  Lies, all lies to the self.  Hideous, shameful denial.  December, my friends, is a mere six days away.

November is almost entirely consumed by Thanksgiving and plans for Thanksgiving and thoughts of Thanksgiving, which is immediately followed by Christmas and plans for Christmas, and thoughts of Christmas, and then before you know it, you’re shoveling down sauerkraut and hot dogs and singing Auld Lang Syne.

Or however you celebrate the new year.

Every year I tell myself to cherish every single day and every year the holiday decorations on shelves and Christmas music on the radio still slap me upside the head and rattle my brain around.  …Christmas? Already?! 

On one hand, I’m excited to get on with 2012.  After all, 2011 was a poop storm and it’d be great to close the books.  On the other hand, once Christmas if over there’s really nothing to look forward to until, oh, I don’t know – it’s not so cold that I wish I were dead?

I have a strategy for all this too-soon angst.  And it’s that this evening will be spent decking the halls of my apartment (or hall, rather) with boughs of holly.  I’ve never really known what those are but by golly I’m going to google it and make it happen.  I’m going to blast Christmas music and light candles that reek of wintertime.  I’m going to put up my Christmas tree in the front window and light it up proudly in my overwhelmingly Orthodox Jew neighborhood.

I want this kind of Christmas joy. Every single day.

And every day until Christmas I will stare at the decorations and smell the candles and yoink my cats out of the tree they will inevitably be hidden in and praise God for my favorite time of year.

Here’s to a slow and steady celebration.  May we all stay warm and bright. 

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14 Responses to “Milking Christmas”

  1. pickle November 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I went to Walmart the day after Halloween and all their Christmas decorations were up and the Christmas music was playing. The day after Halloween. It made me slightly nauseous.

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    • Jules November 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      I don’t know about you but I’m already nauseous just thinking of going to Wallyworld.

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    • Jackie December 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

      Why do they have to completely skip Thanksgiving like that? It’s so enraging.

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  2. Jules November 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Sauerkraut, singing Auld Lang Syne and Orthodox Jews. Sounds like a winning combination.

    Merry Christmas!

    😐 Too soon?

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  3. thesinglecell November 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I caught myself slightly getting excited last night. I have a strict No Christmas Til December rule, but last night I was getting a little antsy. I got over it – it must have been food and family, something in the cranberry sauce, perhaps – but as you pointed out, the onset of my holiday seasonal celebration will come soon enough! Enjoy your evening!

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    • Jackie December 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      Well since we’re officially in December now, I hope you’ve given in to all your holiday urges 🙂

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  4. pegoleg November 26, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    The 2 local oldies radio stations (ie classic rock from the 70s) switched to all Christmas music all the time 2 weeks ago. What’s wrong with people? Hearing Grandma Got Runover By a Reindeer around Halloween is a sure way to give people a disgust for holidays.

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    • Neil C. Reinhardt November 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      While Christmas music is one of my favorite things about Christmas, I could not agree more! I have no idea what is in their heads to cause them to think the way they do.

      Nor do I understand the frenzy of this so called Black Friday” stuff. And something else I do not understand is how they lessen true Hero’s by calling all kinds of people who have done absolutely nothing heroic, “Heros”.

      Maybe my old age is why such things btother me only I am sure they would have done the same at any stage in my life..

      Come to think about it, I do not remember any of this “Bulling” stuff being something other than extremely rare in my Grand Junction, Colorado High School. And as we had, and if my memory serves me correctly, some 1.200 students.

      Of course, methinks we were ahead of our time as we elected Dave Butler, a Black guy to be Student Body President for the 1952 -1953 school year.

      And in the 1957 to 1958, (or before) school year, those in charge of GJHS changed it so there was two Student Body presidents so that girls would not be shut out. Only they (I think) they were called “Head Girl” and “Head Boy” (Which I consider to kind of dumb names.)

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    • Jackie December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      I hate that song. Hate it.

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  5. egills November 28, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Whilst I have mentally decided where decorations are going this year they will not get put up until the 10th, as a general rule I don’t ‘do’ Christmas personally until after my birthday – but the girls want the house to look festive so they’re going up 9 days early.

    ( I’m also back to my annoying habit of being prepared and I have only 1 more present to buy ).

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    • Jackie December 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Oh man – you have a December Birthday? That’s gotta be a bummer. Then again, I always thought the July kids got a bad shake too since in school they would just lump all the summer birthdays together and not acknowledge anyone individually.

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      • egills December 5, 2011 at 4:25 am #

        Oh I don’t know, at least July the weather’s not too bad, you can book a party and actually be able to celebrate a Birthday without Christmas being forced down your throat….. It’s not too bad but it would be better if I didn’t have to share it with my twin 😦

        Our schools didn’t acknowledge our birthdays anyway, we’d always broken off for the Christmas vacation……

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        • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

          woooooow you have a twin. that’s so cool! Well, I guess except for the sharing everything part 🙂
          And I didn’t think about the Christmas break. Maybe summer birthdays aren’t so bad?

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