Happy Tuesday! We have only one more month to go for 2015 and I feel that the year has flown by so quickly. To that end, do any of you feel that we’re perhaps a bit too excited to celebrate the holidays way in advance before the actual holiday?
To be honest the holidays give me a bit of stress because I feel we’re trying to rush the year through as if we are out of time and so we don’t really stop to enjoy the moments leading up to the holidays. At the beginning of this year, while I was wishing everyone a very happy new year the stores had bright pink candy hearts on display and every channel on TV was playing love-is-right-around-the-corner movies. Once that saccharine period goes by, we’re heading into March and there’s all this discussion of Memorial Day plans and airfare and what not. I usually do take a week off around that time so I don’t mind participating in that discussion. Of course I barely recover from it and I hear people planning July 4th barbecues. I get that everyone is fed up with the never ending winter around this point and are looking forward to a nice toasty July so I understand the need for this endless discussion. Of course as you’re chomping down on one of the wings at said BBQ everyone is making plans for Labor weekend. Now comes that part of the year where Hallmark and corporate America are upping their game and bombarding us with scary movies and Reese cups the official Halloween candy. My grocery store is full of cobwebs and spiders by early September. I cant even. And just to switch things up a bit, we have the countdown to Christmas specials on TV. I know what you’re thinking. Turn off the TV! But it isn’t just at home. When I step outside in early November, my neighborhood is prepping for Xmas and I see red bows on lamp-posts which makes me see red. Why can’t we enjoy the holidays as they come along. Why do we need to celebrate ahead of time? Isn’t there a certain joy in the anticipation of Christmas and all other holidays? Xmas carols don’t hold the same joy when you hear them in November. Might I add that in this rush we tend to ignore poor ol’ Thanksgiving which blindsides you. You can sense everyone trying to get their hands on that last good looking turkey in the store. Finally Christmas arrives but I feel we’ve all been prepping for it for a while so its just another day and taadaa….its New Year’s Eve and resolutions. You see what I did there, I rushed through the holidays !
I would love to go back to the basics when all the planning and doing was only a few days or a week before the actual day. Growing up in India I remember celebrating all our important festivals, decorating the house, buying or making sweets, shopping for new clothes and most importantly spending time with family. Everyone would be in a festive mood and there were no movies or sales to distract us. Then we move on with life until the next big festival arrives. Atleast that is how it used to be. I was in India last year for Diwali and sadly they too seem to be in a crazy rush to zip through.
What do you think? Are you put off by the early prep and celebration of the holidays or do you enjoy it?