Well, Santa came and left a mess. Oh wait, he came and left gifts…the kids made the mess. And just to give you a follow-up to the last post, there was not filet mignon left out for the fat guy. Santa didn’t get any either. Regardless, Christmas was great today.
The kids woke us up promptly at 6:00 am. From that point until 9:00 am we enjoyed presents. Then it was time to get ready and go to church. Lucky for me, I got to give one of the sermons in the meeting. I would rather have just listened to the choir. But I was told I did a good job. As long as I could help people feel the Christmas spirit, that is all I care about. After all, that is what this day is for. And having the spirit of Christ for a day is much needed because tomorrow will just be confusion.
First of all, there won’t be any postal or banking services because it will be the day those people get to take their holiday. Glad I don’t need to go to the bank or post office. That would be the least confusing part of the day though.
How about all the day-after-Christmas sales? Pretty much “Black Friday” part two. If not for all the sales that are taking place for the people that got gift cards and cash for presents, there is the confusion from all the gift returns/exchanges. Any if you want to stock up on new Christmas decorations for next year, this is the time to do it. Just no fighting in the isles over that last lighted lamp post for the Christmas village.
If all of that isn’t enough to bring added confusion to your life, there are still three more holidays over the next week with two of them tomorrow.
If you’re Canadian, or have a Canadian friend, or just want to celebrate another holiday, December 26 is Boxing Day. Americans spend the day boxing up all the presents they didn’t like, I mean didn’t fit into or didn’t work, and take them back to the store for credit or an exchange. (Maybe we can blame that extra confusion on the neighbors up north.) Of course the Canadians have Boxing Day for a completely different reason.
I celebrate Boxing Day too. It is the day I try to box up the decorations. If my wife and kids let me. If they don’t, I don’t get to celebrate. Unless you call watching “Strange Brew” celebrating. And ending all sentences with “eh”. (Maybe I should write a blog post tomorrow in Canadian, eh.)
If you are of African-American you get to start celebrating Kwanzaa tomorrow. I am not, but anytime there is a holiday that lasts seven days and ends with me receiving gifts can’t all be bad. How do I become an African-American? Something about my white skin and my English and Swedish heritage is standing in the way. I am open to temporary adoption however. Is Michael Jordan looking to adopt?
At the end of the week we get to celebrate the ending of this year and start of another. And what are we celebrating with that? That we survived another round of December holiday’s? And should we really want to celebrate the arrival of 2012 when the Mayan’s say that the world will end before the next Christmas? What a roller coaster of emotions that will be if it comes to pass.
For me, I think I want to celebrate all three. I am going to do some family history work and see if I have Canadians and Africans in my heritage (besides, what fun are the English and Swedes?). I will box up all the Christmas decorations and pull out the Kwanzaa decorations, including the lighting of the first candle. I’m going to brave the pandemonium at the shopping mall and use my cash and gift cards to buy gifts to give at the end of Kwanzaa. And since that holiday ends on New Years, I basically will be moving from one holiday (Christmas) to the next (Boxing Day), then to the next (Kwanzaa…which I get to enjoy for a week), and end it all next year (on New Year’s Day).
If I don’t get too confused, and if I have more fun than I anticipate, I may look for some Jewish heritage over the course of the next few months so that I can celebrate Hannakuh next December prior Christmas. My goal is to have almost a whole month straight of holiday time to celebrate. I will go from a white, American Mormon, to something so different I don’t know that a name exists for what I could be called. Written out it is “white, Swedish-English-African-American, Mormon Jew”. It can be shortened to one word: whishenglafrimerimorjew.
I think I will just call it confusing. Because quite frankly, that is what so many holidays in a row really are.
Just another view from a Palmtree.
- Boxing Day and other post-Christmas shopping tips (news.consumerreports.org)
- …And A Happy Kwanzaa (coachraidbard.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Fun (jackholesrealm.wordpress.com)
- Millions set for Boxing Day sales (independent.co.uk)
- Boxing Day Eve (thisiskassia.wordpress.com)
- Hey Santa, no sugar for you! (viewfromapalm.wordpress.com)