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Posted by Katherine Putnam on November 8th, 2010

“Oh, there goes Mr. Humbug, there goes Mr. Grim. If they gave a prize for being mean the winner would be him.”

It’s November, the start of yet another month filled with blogging fails. So sorry.

As I said, it’s November, which also means some stores and radio stations will start blasting Christmas music full force. Others will wait until Thanksgiving, but others WILL START NOW. I’ll admit I’m quite a Scrooge when it comes to the “holiday season.” I know it must mean that my heart is three sizes too small, but inflatable lawn reindeer and snow globes do not make my (presumably shrunken) heart swell with good cheer. Poorly draped, multi-colored, mismatched twinkle lights do not set my cold heart aglow. And Christmas music played for two months straight does NOT make my half dead heart go pitter-pat. In fact, if it were up to me, Christmas decorations would only be allowed up between December 15th and 26th. Any decorations up before or after would be burned. Possibly over a yule log. And as for Christmas music? In my world it would be physically impossible to play or sing Christmas music on any day except Christmas Eve (after 5pm) and Christmas Day (until midnight).

Harsh? Yes. I suppose I can admit that it is. But that is my grown-up Christmas wish: no more of this marketing ploy of “holiday cheer.” Faith-wise, I’ll put in a plug for looking past the ratty tinsel and remembering the real reason for the season. That’s a practice I’m okay with year round. (Though I’ll admit I fail at this practice most times.) But I will continue to say no to the excess drivel.

For all those wondering if my last name ought to be Scrooge: bah humbug. You want to see a real Scroogey (though unrelated to Christmas) rant? Get me started on Willow Tree Angels. Or Precious Moment figurines (what, exactly, is precious about them?). Decorating with “inspirational” wall hangings. The quotes inside the Dove chocolate wrappers. Or so, so much more.

For something I do like (for those of you who, like me, are woefully behind the times when it comes to viral video hits), check out Validation, a short film starring TJ Thyne of Bones fame.

Cheers,

Katherine Elyse


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