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November 16, 2006

Holiday Rant

Filed under: Travel in the U.S. — Heligypsy @ 2:15 pm

My dad was a Bah-Humbug of the truest sense. I have a clear image of him reclined in his chair, pencil in one hand, crossword puzzle in the other and a tilt to his head – as if that helped in his efforts to ignore the festive spirit of tree decorating happening in his very own living room. We always had a Christmas tree, but I can tell you for a fact he couldn’t have cared less about it. I asked him last year which ornament was his favorite. He was unable to give me an answer “anything that doesn’t blink” was the closest he could come. He grumbled and griped all the way from Thanksgiving to up until the winter solstice. And you know what put him in such a foul mood about Christmas? I’ll give you one guess.

Commercialism. Buy, buy, buy.

I always understood his objection, I just thought he took it a little far. Well, guess what. I think I’m about to do my dad proud. I made a pact with myself a month or so ago. I refuse to do any Christmas shopping with any retailer pushing Christmas in any way prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Uh-Ohhhh, seems my gift buying is going to be made difficult this year. There is hardly a retailer that I have been in within the last several weeks that hasn’t exploded with the Merry Merry – and it just makes me SICK! I went out shopping for a horn to make a cornacopia – well, good luck, I guess I was supposed to get that done back before Labor Day. Finally I found one, without a price tag, the sales girl didn’t know what to do – what in the world was the “left over” fall decoration still doing hanging around? I was given a better than fair price for the thing, and for that I am happy, but man, it’s gotten ridiculous!

When it came time to celebrate Christmas, dad could always be counted on to get into the mood. We probably have a dozen pictures just like this one, dad smirking with his “silly face”, hunched over another gorgeous turkey, protecting it from grabby fingers that might sneak the delicatable scraps.


Just for good measure I thought I’d toss in a cutie picture of dad holding my brother, back in simpler time, just happy to be together.


I will find myself in the festive mood of the holidays, and I hate that this is the way I end up feeling about Christmas in the first place – but, what will be will be. My attempt to boycott shopping with retailers who have lost their minds amidst this push to get us to spend more earlier, will have little effect on anyone – other than I will feel better for remaining true to my reasons for celebrating. That’s my rant, I’ll not bring it up again!



  1. Does it make me a horrible, evil person that all my Christmas shopping is already done? Yep, it’s November 17 and the gifts are all purchased, wrapped, and “hidden” in the closet. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Julie — November 17, 2006 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  2. Hahahaha – NO! It’s a grey area, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having gift buying done early. When you see that “just right” gift, I say buy it!!! And, Ummm, you might have your hands full this season with other necessities, ya think?? πŸ™‚

    Comment by borderlinegypsies — November 17, 2006 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. Wow. Birthday wishes. Thanks. You remember?!

    Happy Cornicopia Day!

    Comment by Terry — November 20, 2006 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  4. You’re right on. These days, it’s almost as though we go from Halloween to Christmas and almost by-pass Thanksgiving. I love the photos. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Comment by JennH — November 20, 2006 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  5. A particular retailer..the one that has the cute dog with a circle around it’s eye… puts it’s Christmas stuff BEHIND, BEHIND the Halloween stuff. Now that is about as asanine as it gets!! I think Julie has a great idea…I just wish I would get my act together and do it. I always say I’m going to….BUT it never seems to happen. Talk about organized…bought and WRAPPED….WOW!!

    Have a great Thanksgiving
    Take care

    Comment by Jenn Oglesby — November 20, 2006 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  6. You are soooooo funny and cute! You are right however, Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful day to celebrate and sooooo over-looked! Sad! If we didn’t have so much to be thankful for, then why bother with Christmas?! Just a thought! You guys have a very wonderful holiday season! I still miss you lot’s!
    Bonnie….from Freddies!

    Comment by Bonnie ;-) — November 22, 2006 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  7. Yep, I join the Christmas at Halloween rant! K-Mart in Bishop did this one year, perhaps you remember: The Halloween stuff was still up in a whole aisle, maybe about three days left, and K-Mart flanked both sides of the front doors with inflatable Santa & Snowman! I was outraged. Cottonwood Plaza that same year had a turkey thingey up before Halloween, etc. Now, I love the winter holidays like the next one, but I feel like the chronology is being thrown off and my mood with it when retailers do this. Sure, have a spot for a few decorations for those insecure people who have to start NOW, but do it discreetly.
    Do you think enough of us feel this way we can start a grass-roots movement? ^_~
    Nice pictures of Phil. Look how young and skinny he is in that photo of him holding your bro!
    After my own Christmas rant on X-Mas Eve we managed to have a nice one. Thought you might like to know = )

    Comment by Patti — December 28, 2006 @ 10:43 am | Reply

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