Attack of the Holiday

December 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm (Uncategorized)

It just hit me this morning – Christmas is almost here.  I’ve been in a sort of haze since right around Halloween and upon my emergence I’ve noticed that there are exactly 9 days left until the holiday.  What the crap?  How did this happen?  I know the break up distracted me for a while and these last few weeks I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely had time to stop.  As I sat on the train to work this morning, I started doing the actual math in my head.  Then the tiny little woman living inside of me did this:

I know that, realistically, I don’t have too much to freak out over.  I miraculously managed to set up my tree and decorations a week ago and my holiday cards are all in the mail.  Most of my shopping is finished but to be honest, that’s because my sister is buying almost all of Mom’s things and I’m just going to cut her a check.  Don’t judge, I have to take a bus home and there’s only so much I can carry.  Also, a perk of being single is that I’m saving big bucks and lots of time in the gift department this year.  I still need to pick out some Twilight-infested propaganda for my little cousin but I think I can manage that when I get home.  I’ll be arriving at my Mom’s late next Wednesday night so I’ll have all of Christmas Eve day to get out and finish the shopping.  Nothing like battling the hordes of other procrastinating idiots trying to find that last-minute deal.

I also need to wrap the presents I do have.  Wrapping is a chore that I always managed to pass off to my sister or dad growing up, so I’m lacking some serious skills in that department.  It’s actually almost laughable.  Last week I was at this food pantry that I volunteer at a few times a month and it happened to be a day we were also passing out presents to the kids.  I was the gift giver and since it was slow I also tackled a bunch of stuff that was waiting to be wrapped.  I’ll be honest, I’m glad I was in the room alone because I’m sure watching me attempt to measure and fold while simultaneously handling tape and scissors would have been entertaining for anyone nearby.

I was also planning on doing some baking this holiday season (I love a good pecan pie).  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Yeah, it’s not going to happen anytime before the 25th, I can tell you that right now.  I’m not lazy, I’m just disillusioned.  I thought I would have all kinds of weeks to prepare myself for the holiday spirit – weeks full of caroling, cooking and just plain merriment.  Ok I didn’t actually expect any of those things but I also didn’t expect to wake up one day and be staring the blasted holiday right in the face.  You would think that what with my job of constantly maintaining schedules and calendars I would have realized what was happening, but you would be wrong.  Maybe next year I’ll catch on to the whole Christmas thing a little earlier than a week beforehand.  Maybe not.

On a completely other note, I would like to take a moment to talk about my favorite holiday movies from my childhood.  I meant to talk about this in a post yesterday but I was incredibly busy all day long and it just didn’t happen.  You know how when you start a new job you have to fill out mounds of tedious, boring and yet neccessary paperwork?  I’m the lucky person who gets to process and verify all of that.  It’s about as fascinating as watching paint dry but it’s part of the job, and that’s what I was doing for the majority of my day yesterday.

Digression aside and moving on to classic childhood Christmas movies.

Where to begin?  I guess animated flicks will be a good starting point.  Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a personal favorite.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Nightmare Before Christmas (this counts, trust me) How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a Charlie Brown Christmas are also up there on my list.  Does anyone remember Garfield’s Christmas Special?  If I’m lucky, I still have a VHS tape of that sitting around someplace.

Not into the cartoons this holiday season?  There are plenty of live action classics just waiting to be watched.  I’m not really into the whole It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas thing, but those actual classics are out there if you want to go for it.  I prefer things like Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Babes in Toyland, Christmas Vacation and yes, even Bad Santa (probably due to my slight crush on Lauren Graham.  But whatever).  And how could I forget the Muppet Christmas Carol, possibly my favorite Muppet movie of all time.  If you have a problem with that you can take it up with Jacob Marley.

All in all, Christmas movies are pretty great.  They’re funny, heartwarming and teach important life lessons.  For instance, it’s a bad idea to steal every present from all of your fellow townspeople because your sled will break and your dog-turned-reindeer could have an unhealthy coronary event.  But if you sing and hold hands everyone will forget about it and live happily ever after.  Christmas movies also taught me to never do this:

Talk about a lesson learned.

If you’re stocking up on the flicks to get you through the holidays, I hope you remember some of the greats (you can’t watch Jingle All the Way every day, after all).  And if you remember nothing else, remember this picture.  The laughter it induces should get you through these cold days and long nights and if it doesn’t, well you must have the humor capacity of Mr. Scrooge.


  1. kara said,

    you forgot DIE HARD!!!!!! best xmas movie EVER 🙂

    and yes, you better believe i DO read often — i check here every morning for updates!


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