Yup, I am a scrooge McDuck this year. BAH Humbug....need me a shirt that says that in HUGE letters across the front. Then I could fit right in with the other 99% of people who live here. Yah, Kitchenerites are just bursting with their Christmas spirit. It's so very evident whenever you dare to leave the house for anything between Dec 1 and Dec 24th.
Really, days of just grabbing a coat and heading out to run your errand are long past. Now its akin to a military mission. You must plan your attack as in which direction you choose to travel, taking into consideration, time of day, location of place and the weather of course. You must be able to drive with the skills of a Nascar driver. (Is it just me, or does it seem that at this time of year, the time of Christmas cheer, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE will let you merge in???? ) You must be prepared for the elements, because no doubt, there will be a 3 mile hike from the parking lot to the store. You must have in stock a few smart comebacks for all the "happy" Christmas shoppers a.k.a hostiles...you will no doubt encounter. Stretch and get limber before you attempt to shop as you must be quick on your toes to grab the item you wish. Pack snacks and beverages to survive the hour long wait in the checkout lines. Then mentally prepare for the hike back to the car and the dangerous ride back home. Heaven forbid if you have another store to drive too.
Seriously, where is every ones Christmas spirit?? Why are so many people so miserable this time of year. Really I am not a scrooge. I love this time of year. I love the excitement on my kids faces when the snow falls (although secretly we all know I hate snow) I love watching them decorate the Christmas tree, baking cookies (flour explosion at my house!!) and reading them Christmas stories. Now we don't make a big a deal of Santa as much as we do the true meaning of Christmas. We make sure our kids understand the real reason behind the trees, the gifts, the coming together of family. Santa is such a tiny part of it. I think that is whats mainly wrong with our society, so many have forgotten why we celebrate this particular day. The commercialism is sickening. People spending way too much on material things. Its not about big fancy gifts and outrageous credit card bills. AND ITS NOT A FRIGGIN HOLIDAY TREE!!
That just kills me. Don't even get me started on the removal of the word Christmas from everything.
My kids will be singing at our church's Christmas pageant on Christmas eve and after we open our gifts on Christmas morning we will go to Church and later that day we will spend time with family. After all, this is what Christmas is all about.
So with all my heart, I wish every one a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!