QOTW – 2009/12/07 Lorena December 7, 2009 Holidays Holiday season – happy? Depressing? Overrated? Perfect? Discuss! Related Posts:How was your weekend?’tis the season, yeah?How can I never know what day it is?A few things on our TV right nowRome wasn’t built in a dayWhat, two posts in one day?Sunday Six: Six gifts for the yarn loverThe 365 Project Author: Lorena My life is an open book; but somebody has torn out a few of the pages. View all posts by Lorena → Previous PostLinkdump Next PostWind Chimes 6 Comments Joe Haldeman December 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm 11 years ago Reply All of the above, in its different aspects. If it were just a secret holiday that our family had by itself, it would be wonderful. But all these merchants and holy joes keep horning in! All the Xmuzak in the stores! The jingle-jangle of commercials! But I guess I’d miss it if it were gone. And what would I do with the reindeer costume? Unca Joe Anne December 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm 11 years ago Reply Everything, in varying amounts, different every day. I love it in many ways, but it’s also the time of year when you realize how little you know about some of the people you feel you should know much better — would Aunt Barb like this gadget? Or that one? Does she like to cook? Or does she like takeout best? — that sort of thing. We always seem to be short of time, and that’s what bothers me the most. We have lots of wonderful family and friends, and we love the activities we have, but sometimes it doesn’t leave enough time for sitting around the family room with cups of cocoa and board games. pinaymama December 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm 11 years ago Reply mine is up! http://www.gardenofmoments.com/2009/12/qotw-december-7th.html Quinn December 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm 11 years ago Reply Scrooge here. Can’t stand this time of year. The same five damn songs playing in every store, on every commercial, and in each elevator. Everyone telling you to Spend Spend Spend to show how much you care! I hate buying for family who need nothing, want nothing, and get petulant when I suggest we just donate to charity instead. No, they want to see prezzies under the tree. And it all starts so damn early. I don’t want to know about Xmas until the week before. I feel uncomfortable around my religious family during the day. I can’t wait till January. Honest, I won’t answer this question next year. I’m sure I’ve written the same thing each year. I would love to see Uncle Joe in a reindeer costume! Quinn December 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm 11 years ago Reply I’d just like to add that the universe finds ways to make one enjoy the season. A sold out item I wanted for a friend just came back in stock today. Darn Xmas elves. alicesenior December 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm 11 years ago Reply The part I like best is all the little twinkly colored Christmas lights. One reason I renewed annual passes to Disney was so I could go and be flabergasted by the Osborne Family Lights. I stand there just gawking at the wonder of it all. When I was young, in Balto, on Thanksgiving night, we would go down to the Hecht Co across from Edmondson Village and watch the lights get lit on the stores in the Village. That was spectacular then but nothing compared to the aforementioned OFLs. I also remember really enjoying the displays in the downtown department store windows. And my father would always spend hours and hours in secret building Christmas gardens in the basement where we weren’t allowed to go. Somehow he (and Santa, of course) would magically get it upstairs and installed in the living room after we kids went to bed on Christmas eve. The train whistle would wake us up in the morning. While I like the excessive lights and other decorations, I don’t like excess in gift giving. In fact, I try to avoid gift giving completely. I do bake cookies and send them off to distant places, but that’s not really the excess I’m talking about. People waiting in line overnight or for days in front of BestBuys and Walmarts to get big bargains really kills the true spirit of Christmas. Especially since I underderstand that many of those purchases are sold later in the day at a big profit on eBay. Anyway, I do like the holiday season. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.