I’m not one to rush through life. I like to look forward to things coming up and make it an overall experience rather than enjoying one day or one week whether it’s a holiday or a vacation, but I’m kind of struggling guys. Because Thanksgiving is so late this year I’m having to put off getting into the Christmas spirit and I’m not about suppressing my (or anyone else’s) fa-la-la-la-la. In recent years my feelings towards all things Christmas leading up to December 25th were lackluster. Sure I decorated my house and bought Christmas presents. I even shared an absolutely daffy laughing fest with my mom in the middle of a store while perusing the holiday aisles last year. But looking back, I feel like I was going through the motions and not really experiencing the holidays properly. The music put me on edge. The limited edition foods and drinks felt uninspired. I just haven’t felt jolly.
Growing up, Christmas excitement always began right after Halloween. We went to a tree farm every year to cut down our own tree, but to ensure the perfect Christmas tree, my family would always go to the tree farm the weekend after Halloween to tag our tree. We would walk acres and acres looking for the best tree then tie a neon pink ribbon with our last name on it. Then the first weekend of December, we would head back to the farm, cut down the tree, and bring it home. We did this every year since before I could walk until I moved out at the age of 19.
At the age of 9 I started band. I played the flute all through middle and high school and every year we had 2 major performances: a Christmas concert and a Spring concert. The thing most people don’t realize about being in school band is that they start rehearsing for their holiday programs in September/October. That’s almost 4 months worth of Charlie Brown Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Carol of the Bells, and the like; enough to make anyone go mad. As a result, I could no longer listen to holiday music without cringing. I turned to the more alternative groups like Trans Siberian Orchestra and Pentatonix, but even then the songs all seemed worn out.
During college I picked up a job working retail that continued for 5 years. Every year, as soon as summer was over Halloween and Christmas were ushered in simultaneously. I put up and decorated a dozen mini Christmas trees and half a dozen table-scapes right around the time back to school shopping was happening everywhere else. I would go home and shake enough glitter out of my clothes and shoes to fill a snow globe most nights.
If there were ever a contender to get burnt out from holiday cheer, I’d say: screw the participation award. Where’s my medal!?
But this year, due to the prolonged lead up to Thanksgiving, I’m craving Christmas. I’ve already asked Fella about putting up a tree and he told me not until after Thanksgiving, which is rich coming from a Brit who doesn’t even know the history of the holiday. If it were up to me the house would be decked out and I would be blaring my Pandora Christmas station 24/7, but no. I will secretly play my Christmas music in the car to and from work and browse holiday Pinterest boards and blogs until it’s my time to run a Christmas muck.
To be fair, I think most of my excitement this year is because Fella and I are heading to Philadelphia for 3 days before Christmas to take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holiday markets and festivities of the city. We did something similar a couple years ago when we went to New York City and we had a blast, so Philly, here we come!
I’m also beyond excited to give a gift to someone in my life that I’ve been sitting on since May of this year! I can’t give any details just yet in case the recipient is reading, but all I can say is this year’s gift giving is going to be epic!
Can I make it one more week before the Christmas cheer explodes out of me? I guess I’ll have to.