Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let's break out those MLK decorations!

The day after Christmas has always been a downer for me, and now that I am an adult who is responsible for the happiness and well-being of three minor children, it REALLY is a downer when the day is over and through. And did it fly by.

But what is MORE of a downer is the fact that Christmas was on Monday this year. And we have to go back to work today. YUCK!

I think that Christmas should be on Friday every year. Or better yet, Thursday. We do it for Thanksgiving, right?

And I am not talking about being irreverent to the (pardon the saying) reason for the Season. I am talking about giving the reason its due recognition, and rushing all the way through, getting everything done, and slamming through the day in the fashion that we all tend to do, we really should take more time to celebrate the day. It should be given more than one day. It should be given a whole weekend, starting on Thursday. My employer gives us the day after Thanksgiving off, so we have a 4-day weekend.

We build up to this time with such verve, leaving behind Halloween and picking right up with Christmas. Why shouldn't we be able to hold on to that feeling just a little bit longer.

I don't know if it was the lack of snow, or the fact that the stores started decorating in August, but it took me a while to get into the spirit of the Season. I don't think I was truly in that spirit until Sunday night. And now I feel robbed.

So I will take my bad attitude, check it in the corner for the day, and watch the kids bore of their Christmas gifts at about, oh, 10:00 a.m., and then start counting down the days until Christmas break is over.

Hey ... we all have to look forward to something, right?


Anonymous Robin said...

I myself will not be returning to work until Thursday..I will work one day and then be off until next Wednesday. It may take me just that long to get over this stupid cold.
But I agree, ready for kids to get back to school. Tired of the mess and overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning up and putting decor away. Yuck!
Happy working day to you my friend..hey CKU is somthing to look forward to..:)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

My kids are growd up lol. 17 and 14 and its harder with two boys to start, maintain and make it through the Christmas season with any kind of Christmas (holiday) spirit.

I found the best thing really is to do the stupidest, simple things. I still get the boys to make paper circle strings with me. The growl about it, but we get a chance to sit down and do something silly and then they want to decorate after investing all that time in the making of the decorations.

I still bake sugar cookie cut outs and make the boys help me...the growl about it until the first batch comes out and they start eating then they get all helpful and finish up the rest of the cookies.

And we still play stupid board games. This year, and get this, we played Barbie date game one night. It is a replica of a 1960 date game a friend gave to me. I made the boys play with me and they had a blast exploring their "feminine" side and vying for the best prom dress. (They would kill me if they knew I wrote this).

The trick still is to stop and be stupid. Christmas is a perfect time for it. Don't do so much yourself, but involve your family in everything you do and the spirit will be right back there with you.

Much love! Know its hectic, spike the eggnog :)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Tracey, I think my problem is that I feel the need to do EVERYthing. I do all the shopping, except for the last minute get this stuff trips, and I take it upon myself to make at least 3 or 4 handmade things that I don't start until, oh, the week of Christmas.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Janean said...

YAH! Only 6 more days till school starts! :D

It's nice to know I'm not the only one feeling those "post Holiday Blues".

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only the third day of Christmas today... Haven't you heard of Advent? Christmas is still being celebrated!

11:41 PM  
Anonymous local girl said...

I know what you mean. This week between Christmas and New Years is kind of a downer for me, too. It's like all the excitement just suddenly stopped.

4:51 AM  

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