As the middle of November nears, it has come to my attention that a most heated debate has arisen from the soggy piles of leaves that outline the edges of yards. When does the Christmas season begin? The thought of mistle toe hanging, reindeer prancing, or elves dancing evokes a contrast of opinions in many peoples mind. Some growl “I don’t want to see or hear Christmas until after my turkey” and continue with “boo hiss” and what not. However, I think these people like this are simply demonstrating early stage Tinsel-itus. Tinsel-itus you ask? This is not something you simply get from eating Christmas decorations or bending over to many times while putting on ornaments. I think Tinsel-itus reveals its ugly head when people loose sight of the Christmas cheer. Somewhere along the way, after celebrating Christmas for 30 or 40 years the meaning of Christmas is watered down and all that comes to mind is a large credit card bill at the end of the month. In the movie Elf, there is a saying that goes “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Now lets get something straight. I don’t love hearing tone-def people singing Christmas Carols nor by any means do I think my singing voice is one to be heard. That being said I think there is some truth to this quote. I think what makes the Christmas memorable is what you do during the season. In 5 years you’re not going to remember what your presents were, or how much it was. What you do remember is time spent with friends and family gathered around a strong scented needle covered tree. So turn on your Burl Ives and Bing Crosby, bake some poorly iced cookies, go see some obnoxiously colored lights and tell anyone that knocks your Christmas spirit down to go elf themselves!
Here are some humorous Christmas season links:
Humorist David Sedaris reads his book The Santaland Diaries: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/23/144136439/david-sedaris-reads-from-his-santaland-diaries
Seasons Eatings SNL skit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdFkbgGwOV8