Post Christmas blues
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS
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.