slow down and love the season

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Inside
your head, around this time, starts a high-pitched keening. Bright and
beautiful Hanukkah-full-of-food (and a lot of presents, rumor has it)
starts Sunday, Christmas is barreling down upon us with the safety
off and a look of wild-eyed rage, and everywhere, everything is
shouting that it’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming don’t you know it’s coming and you think you’re prepared but lady, you are not,
in sparkly, spangly, tinsel-y capital letters. So you tuck a bottle of
bourbon under your arm and you wedge yourself under the bed and refuse
to come out until winter is over, just to be safe. Or you figure out
ways to catch your breath and settle down your heart and enjoy the hell
out of all this, because there’s so much to enjoy, above and beyond the
consumerist panic that grips us.

The very lovely Sarah of Pink of Perfection is wise, and knows exactly how frazzled we can get, and
exactly the way to knock that off right now, missy. She’s got ten wonderful things you can do that are true to the spirit of the
holidays and will help you truly enjoy this time of year–from
breathing deep to laughing loud with a passel of friends who arrive
bearing gifts of food and drink. Go check off every single one of those
things on her perfect list, and find yourself loving the season again.

  4 comments for “slow down and love the season

  1. December 22, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Just wondering: is there a reason Hanukkah is described as “Bright and beautiful” but Christmas is made out to be a “wild-eyed” homicidal maniac? Did you do that on purpose or did you really not intend to offend Christians?

  2. whyme63
    December 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Chanukah isn’t ruthlessly mass-marketed down our throats as Christmas is; that’s always made me a little jealous.
    I will be the first to admit that my personal loathing for most of the trappings of Christmas owes more to the over-commercialization of the holiday than to my actual agnosticism (It also owes a lot to family dysfunction, seasonal affective disorder, and the fact that I’m a Meyer-Briggs INTJ).
    My own personal “joys of the season” are what I call the “Three Cs”–singing/playing Carols, baking/eating Cookies, and sending/receiving Cards. But her cocoa and cocktails may need to get on that list too!

  3. whyme63
    December 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Chanukah isn’t ruthlessly mass-marketed down our throats as Christmas is; that’s always made me a little jealous.
    I will be the first to admit that my personal loathing for most of the trappings of Christmas owes more to the over-commercialization of the holiday than to my actual agnosticism (It also owes a lot to family dysfunction, seasonal affective disorder, overly sensitive religious types, and the fact that I’m a Meyer-Briggs INTJ).
    My own personal “joys of the season” are what I call the “Three Cs”–singing/playing Carols, baking/eating Cookies, and sending/receiving Cards. But her cocoa and cocktails may need to get on that list too!

  4. December 22, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    My phrasing wasn’t intended to offend Christians, lisa marie–it was a comment on the retail insanity that surrounds the season.

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