It’s Christmastime already. Yup, already. I’ve been purposefully ignoring this fact. Telling myself I’m too busy to care right now, too broke to think about gifts, that it’s not worth a trip to the basement for my measly decorations. Just lacking spirit altogether.
I mean, if you ask me it’s the fault of the short amount of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hell, Christmas was abound everywhere even before Thanksgiving had happened. That makes me sad. Let me relish a holiday, revel in my emotions associated with it, forget about all the mass consumption, and actually get to enjoy myself instead of just feeling a sense of duty and obligation surrounding the whole experience. This is why people don’t like the holidays. It feels like a second job you have to manage on top of the rest of life. Bah humbug.
But on my ride home from work on Friday I was listening to NPR interview John Waters about his touring Christmas show. Man, I love John Waters. Anyway. He was talking about getting and giving gifts for the holidays. I had just gone on a shopping extravaganza on my lunch break and while I was feeling productive, I mostly just felt relieved it was over.
But John Waters noted that great presents aren’t about how much they cost but rather, the thought you put into them. I did a lot of thinking about these gifts before I went shopping. Heck, I drove out to the middle of nowhere to acquire them all. While I was browsing, I was thinking about the look on my mom’s, my aunt’s, John’s faces as they would be opening these gifts. I was happy and proud to think that I picked out things they will actually like and use. And thanks to this small change in perspective, I’m feeling uplifted and a little more spirited. Maybe I’ll even trek down to the basement this weekend and bust out those decorations…
(PS – Click on that link and give the interview a listen. It’s 15 minutes long and totally worth it.)