After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, I would like to propose F*** Off Wednesday!!!
However, I would still like to feel good about “the holidays.” I really would. But as the first generation raised on 24/7, in-your-face, crass commercialism, I feel inundated with the ugliness of it all.
Is denial the normal human reaction to losing control over everything else in our lives? Has global warming, which is only increasing as the permafrost melts, causing this desperate attempt at absolute distraction? “I’ll just buy one more piece of crap from China. That will solve the problem!”
The new trend in celebrity brand names is one of my personal favorites, where those who have nothing give their money to those who have everything. Does this make any sense to you? Or is this the final stage of idiocy in the decline of the Western World?
Christmas today reminds me of my original sugar addiction, which started small, but only grew as I needed more sugar each time to get the same high, until it all became stressful, deadly and meaningless.
As the holidays descend upon us all, gratitude is the theme at our house. We now have three traditions we enjoy. These are the activities that feel stress-free and fun to us. We celebrate the winter solstice by decorating our recycled tree with decades-old trinkets, which bring back great memories! We then watch the Polar Express,while drinking hot chocolate, of course. And exchange a few inexpensive but meaningful gifts.
We have learned how to enjoy the season, no stress, no muss, no fuss. Who knows, we may even get some relief from our present drought here in Colorado, and receive some much needed snow to put us in the mood!