Dearest Readers, hello--and believe me when I tell you that I don't mean this in a Threatening Way at all--welcome to November.
I know, right? I was as astonished as you were by its arrival this morning. The top of my To Do List still reads "1. Find September!!" The whole thing is probably a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, but onward we must.
The worst thing, truly, is now that we've dispensed with Halloween, THE HOLIDAYS are officially upon us. I honestly believe that the only reason Halloween hasn't been wadded up into THE HOLIDAYS is because it involves death and dressing up as slutty examples of everyday occupations and items. If retailers could find a way to straighten out and clean up Halloween a little--make it more wholesome and jolly--THE HOLIDAYS would start right around September 1st. You know I'm right. This is a country where opening stores at 4 A.M. the Friday after Thanksgiving wasn't enough. Now stores are open on Thanksgiving Day. And they are crowded with shoppers.
Where are all those outraged Christian picketers? Get them away from the clinics and herd them over to Macy's.
How sad that it has become cliché to lament about the commercialization of holidays although heretofore it was Christmas, and now it's Thanksgiving. It's simply terrible what's happened to these holidays. Right now, it's easy to maintain the integrity of my Thanksgiving. I won't be going shopping, and I know Rick, Jared, and Sam won't be either.
It's harder to hold the line for Christmas. Once November 1st hits, it's as if some invisible dam has broken, some ban has been lifted, some wall breached. Radio stations sneak carols on; more commercials featuring Holiday themes interrupt your television viewing; and there is the constant reminding of the number of days left until Christmas. Your friends, relatives, even strangers in line ahead of you at Subway are telling you how far along they are in their Christmas shopping. Sadly, it is considered impolite to say, "Oh Shut Up," however calmly or smilingly you may suggest it.
Don't fall victim to this pressure. Let this be the Christmas you relax and enjoy. To that end, I am going to offer my Dearest Readers a Pressure Busting Tip every day during the month of November. That way, it will be Nice And Early, and you can put them on your December calendar, if necessary, to remind you what you're NOT doing or doing a little less of or doing differently this year. These have all been tried and tested by yours truly.
Pressure Busting Tip #1
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. Enjoy it on its own. It is the one family holiday meant to be enjoyed without the exchanging of presents that you had to shop for while fighting crowds, uncertainty, frustration, and the eventual resignation that you have to get an impersonal gift card. If you are the cook, decide to cut back on one side dish or variety of dessert so that you don't have to juggle oven times or worry about fridge space. It will be fine. If someone asks what she can bring, tell her. If you are not the cook, be a delightful and courteous guest, but hey! You're a grownup. If you're not having a good time, go home. Trust me, they'll all get over it. Really, they will. Fake a headache if you have to. They'll know, but it'll be okay.
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