I agree with most of your points and views! I hate how short the season seems and you work so hard and its over with just like that. I use to get very depressed (like Im sure many others do too) after the Christmas decorations come down. That is why I start preparing for Christmas extra early and my decorations go out before Thanksgiving. Now I have my son's birthday which is the beginning of February. That does make January go a little faster and better knowing I have that to look forward to. I dont mind shopping with all the people during the Christmas rush although I must say I actually start my Christmas shopping in July/August. By the time the Christmas crowd is out shopping, Im usually just browsing or picking up a little thing here or there and enjoying all the holiday decorations. Maybe if I had all of my shopping to do it would frustrate me! I also dont like how other people try to make too many plans for you. Im very blessed to have a wonderful family and friends but sometimes I just want to enjoy the season and my own tree, decorations etc...with a relaxing night in, not always running around everywhere!
that Christmas alone is very short....and I live in Germany where it lasts 3 days...but still......I donīt like that a lot of people are stressed...saying things like...."oh i wish , christmas was over already"....this totally destroys the christmas mood for me....they stress themselves....people running around trying to beating each other....like giving presents is a race and whoever gives the most expenssve one wins....itīs just silly to me....but overall...thereīs nothing I donīt like about Christmas....I like the music, the trees, the decorations, the food, the mood, the joy, the shopping, the commercials, the candy that will be in the stores from three weeks from now.... I just love it....and will always do so!
I can relate to what most are saying. But really, if you try, you can overcome a lot of it. I do a lot of my shopping early too, I'm usually done before most of my friends/co-workers even start. Then they get mad at me because I laugh at them getting all stressed out.
I too wish there was more emphasis on the religious side of it, after all, with out the birth of Christ, we wouldn't have CHRISTmas. I know we'd probably celebrate some other winter solstice (sp?) holiday, but it wouldn't be the same, at least not for me. But I chose to keep Christ in Christmas. I have a nativity scene outside my house as well as inside, I set up a little nativity on my desk at work along with my tree, I go to church, we bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus (thank goodness my daughter no longer waits for him to come to our house and eat it with us), and most of my CDs are more religious than secular.
And the season is only short if you make it short. I always tell everyone, Christmas is never over. It's either here, or on its way. It may be 364 days away, but it's on its way none the less. I keep my little Christmas countdown chalkboard up all year at work - and I notice who comes by once a week to check on it too, although they'll never admit to it! My co-workers laugh at my addiction, but I know they're enjoying it at the same time. And if you have to be addicted to something, Christmas is not a bad thing to be addicted to!
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