Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Grinch of The Group

Don’t get me wrong, I actually do love the holidays. I love watching my kids open gifts and cool desert nights and cacti strung with Christmas lights. I love the break from work/school and the feeling of being able to wrap up the year relaxing instead of stressing. But I’ve never been able to get myself into the whole “holiday season” and all the joy that I know I’m supposed to be feeling.

First of all, every time I leave the house this time of year, I regret it. My lazy morning errand runs to Target with my toddler, suddenly become a nightmarish fight for parking and a shopping cart, plus a super-long checkout line which usually amounts to a toddler meltdown. By the time I leave, I’m usually cursing the holiday crowds.

Then there’s the more-than excessive holiday music that plays constantly on the radio from Halloween onward. I actually like holiday music, but not that much of it. Not all the time. And the beautiful Christmas lights that adorn the houses on my street – pretty to look at, but not so nice when the lights across the street shine so brightly into my son’s bedroom that he realizes it’s more entertaining to peak through the window at the lights than actually lie down and go to sleep.

Of course I love all the holiday food and treats, but I hate having to start the new year with a resolution to lose those extra five holiday pounds. Those cute little iced gingerbread cookies I picked up at Trader Joes for the kids last week, are my worst enemy right about now.

I know. I know. None of this is what the holiday season is supposed to be all about. I know it’s really about appreciating what we have and spending time with our families and memorizing a child’s face as he unwraps a gift that he really wanted. And I do love these things. I do. But I tend to love them a whole lot more in January, once I’m able to walk back in a store, listen to the radio, and enjoy those dark starlit nights again.


~*Jessica Rabbit*~ said...

I agree with the over playing of Christmas music.I love certain Christmas songs...just not 10 times in 30 mintue intervals.LOL.

And the whole shopping experience irks me,much like ordinary Friday shopping don't handle big crowds well and I feel like everyone is breathing on me...
which basicly is happening.LOL.

And my favorite Christmas movies to watch during this time of year are 'The Christmas Story' {don't shoot your eye out,LOL.} & both versions of 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' {mainly Jim Carry's version.}

But I'm not a Grinch really because I love buying for others, and enjoy the lights,the delicious Christmas foods & smells.Just not shopping,lol,I really do most of my Christmas shopping through out the year,ending with just a few gifts left to get during the holiday rush.

Jillian Cantor said...

I'm not a grinch really either, but it made for a good title, since I was, you know, complaining and all :-)

JAD said...

Oh, my. I can't stand Christmas music! Unless it's, like, symphony. Almost all the rest drive me crazy. And I've had "Blue Christmas" stuck in my head for weeks.

The only movie I really like is ;) Bad Santa. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a grinch, I love everything else about the holiday, but the music and the movies can just get under my skin and drive me nuts--I think it's the constant repetition of it, that really drives me batty.

Believe it or not, girls, the shopping wasn't that bad, when I went out last weekend. I guess the economy is really cutting into it. But I pity the folks that wait until the last minute.

Regardless, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas! :) Thanks for a great year of reads!

Jillian Cantor said...

Thanks for reading :-)!!

And good to know that I'm not the only one who gets driven crazy by the repetition of the music!

Maureen Lipinski said...

Well, after Christmas, all we have is a bunch of freezing cold weather and snow--no cute cacti or cool desert nights. I'm jealous!

Lesley Livingston said...

Hee. Now I have "You're a mean on, Mr. Grinch" running through my head...