With the holidays cranking out since November’s American Thanksgiving, I can’t help but feel perpetual bitterness fueled by the generalized attitude of the public. Shop shop shop shop shop, eat eat eat eat eat. Whatever happened to the holidays being a time of togetherness and thankfulness? No, of course not. Now it’s just a constant competition to get the best deals, cook (or take-out!) way too much food, have a prettier tablescape, decorate your house better than the guy next to you, cut down a bigger tree (that took as much as 15 years to grow!), and complete forget what this time is about. I don’t celebrate any holiday, but aren’t these supposed to be religious times, too? Who even goes to Christmas Mass anymore? When did Christmas become all about Santa? And what about the other holidays? (I got so many “Merry Christmas” goodbyes as I left work this week that I began to think…what about Chanukah? Kwanza? Winter Solstice??)
And what I really can’t get over is this: Christmas trees! Dude, that’s a PAGAN tradition! PAGAN. For all of you Christian/Bible-reading superlatives out there. And that’s fine. But just remember it’s not some holy, Christian-only enterprise. (I’m sick of people asking why my family puts up a tree. Why run your car if you don’t believe in Global Warming? You’re still partaking.)
So let’s all just have an enjoyable winter and not feel pressured to waste money buying gifts that you and others don’t need, cook too much food that will go to waste, and stay inside instead of enjoying all of the outdoor opportunities that are peaked in the colder areas this time of year and just as available as always to the warmer ones.