Post Christ­mas blues

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

The Covington News - - Saturday living - Beth Rowe may be reached at opieorowe@ att. net.

Par­don my dis­po­si­tion, but I have the blues and the of­fi­cial di­ag­no­sis is the ‘post Christ­mas blues.’ I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for a re­peat of Christ­mas.

Re­mem­ber me say­ing that with ev­ery­thing go­ing on dur­ing the hol­i­days, I wouldn’t be ready un­til around the week af­ter Christ­mas? By the time I was fi­nally ready for Christ­mas, my hus­band had al­ready put the tree back into the at­tic. Last year there were Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions still up by mid to late Jan­uary, but this year they got them down as soon as the snow melted.

Guess I should’ve kept my big mouth shut, huh?

There are just a few stray homes still dec­o­rated for Christ­mas, but at least they don’t turn the lights on. Even if they did, that would be al­right, you have to give folks some­thing to talk about.

Some of the pret­ti­est Christ­mas lights I saw this year were in Por­terdale, so next year be sure to put it on your list.

Christ­mas just comes and goes so quick you don’t get a chance to re­ally en­joy the moment, es­pe­cially with all the dec­o­rat­ing, shop­ping, bak­ing, fam­ily din­ners and par­ties go­ing on. And a lovely White Christ­mas sets the per­fect mood for lin­ger­ing in the moment and en­joy­ing it as long as pos­si­ble. For us South­ern­ers, that mir­a­cle was bet­ter than any gift found un­der a Christ­mas tree and I was se­cretly hop­ing it would snow more and stick around longer. The kid in me would love to get out and play in the snow and en­joy a few ex­tra days off from school, so I hope the weath­er­men and ladies get it right for this week­end. It might not be a good idea to say that be­cause we might get ex­actly what we ask for and then some.

Sev­eral of my girl­friends live up­state and we keep in touch via Face­book and e-mails. They had changed their sta­tus say­ing they were ready for sum­mer. I imag­ine they envy our South­ern win­ters in com­par­i­son to their bru­tally cold win­ter weather and snow­falls.

When I replied back that I was still sing­ing Christ­mas songs they laughed and in­sin­u­ated that only con­firmed what they’d long sus­pected—and this from my ‘for­mer very best friends’ I bragged about in my last col­umn. Hmm­phh!!

Of course I have a come­back or two for that.

Even as re­cently as this week, I have picked up a few af­ter-Christ­mas bar­gains, but it would have been more fun with Christ­mas songs play­ing. I got the dogs new Christ­mas out­fits, a new star for the tree and some Christ­mas shirts and I’m still hold­ing out for pa­ja­mas and toe socks to help fin­ish out win­ter.

The coolest thing I found af­ter Christ­mas was an or­na­ment with a replica of Elvis sing­ing “Blue Christ­mas.” That’s what I like about af­ter Christ­mas sales, you never know what lit­tle trea­sure you might find. I’ll take the af­terChrist­mas sales over the Black Fri­day sales any day, be­cause I don’t do crowds.

I don’t know why folks want to rush Christ­mas off in such a hurry. It makes me think there are more hum­bugs and scrooges out there in dis­guise. Per­son­ally, I’m not ready to start tan­ning, di­et­ing and fil­ing taxes just yet. Be­sides, we’re hold­ing out for a re­ally big snow­fall and we’re still try­ing to pol­ish off the last of the pep­per­mint bark, ginger­bread men and fruit­cake.

Beth Rowe

Colum­nist

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