Thinking about what to write was interrupted by thoughts of what I have got to do for the Holidays. This is not a bad thing, it is a good thing. I am happily looking forward to be in the Season this year.
A random fact, thought or whatever you’d call it is the fact that, even as a young teen doing Christmas shopping, I always included myself as a gift recipient. Aside from small gifts for a few friends, my Christmas shopping consisted of my Mom, my Dad and my Sister. Honestly though, I divided the budget I had (which came from babysitting) to include myself. I have now and usually in the past treated myself to at least one thing for Christmas that I would have wanted. As a teen, I remember buying a bottle of perfume that my mother loved for her, and since I loved it too – got one for myself. This didn’t translate too much during the years I was raising my kids, but recently it has returned. Currently, there are two Tampa Bay t-shirts in one of my online shopping carts. Do I need these? No. Do I want them? Yes. Especially since they honor the Team Captain (I don’t have one of his shirts) and another player (I in fact do have one of his, but this one is just too perfect to pass up). I am still going to try to make up my mind.
The Christmas song I hate the most, without a doubt is Paul McCartney’s “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime.” I hate it with every ounce of my being. About three years ago, my sister and I were in a dentist office when this rotten song came on. At the same time, we both said we hated it. A few weeks later, our hate for this song turned into us planning a Christmas In July party, which ended up being a blast and one of the best days of the summer.
Christmas music was never my thing. While my ex-husband did love Christmas and enjoyed all that came along with it, his taste in songs he played were more of the sad, instrumental kind. I always felt a bit depressed while he played these songs, because while nice I felt they were a bit of a downer. Now that I’ve been on my own for the past few years, I find that I do in fact like Christmas music. It’s just that my taste goes more for the happy, uplifting and joyful songs. I love Jingle Bells and Jingle Bell Rock. I love Santa Claus is Coming to Town. But I still hate Simply Having. And I always will.
Years ago, when I was home raising the kids I did a lot more holiday baking. One year in particular I did more than ever. We would eat a few of whatever I’d made, and I would freeze the rest. It was a great thing, because defrosting a few just before we would go for a visit or had people to visit would give us a wide variety of treats to choose. My freezer currently has room, so I started some almost-mass baking last night. First up was Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins. They are moist, and taste more like cupcakes. Mmm mmm good…
I do not like the traffic that holiday shopping brings. Once I get into the stores, I don’t mind crowds (unless they are like the massive hoard that was at Kohl’s on Thanksgiving night). I have seen happy looking people. On long lines. Not upset, not anxious. This year more than other years I am seeing people looking like they are in legitimate good moods. It’s nice to see. Now I understand this could be because it is still kind of early, and that we still have two weeks left. I must admit though, I will be trying to finish up what I still have to do and get during the week. The weekends are going to be nuts. Probably.
What other random thoughts have you all got about the holidays?