Is anybody else seriously over Christmas? I know its not a very positive way to start a post, but I seriously think I need a break from the holiday season. Or even better if I could actually ever take a holiday during the holiday season that would be awesome (even though everywhere would be over priced at this time of the year). I blame my job for my current mood.
After 12 years of working in retail Christmas really is a non event for me. Like all the other 'events' in the retail calendar it starts weeks, and in this case months, before the actual day. Christmas decorations have been for sale since September (yes September - don't know why you would need to rush out and buy a tree or box of bon bons that early, but in the event you do you can be rest assured you will be covered). Christmas trees have been on display since November and the Christmas chocolates have been for sale on the counters for about two weeks now (yes Christmas chocolate - there is a way to commercialise every possible thing during the holiday season). Carols have been playing since the end of October and on continuous repeat since November. Can you imagine how annoying they become when you hear them on repeat over and over and over for eight to ten hours a day five days a week o.0
I miss the days when I was younger and I looked forward to Christmas. I could not wait until the 1st December, not only to put up the tree and decorations, but mainly the Christmas lights. I absolutely loved Christmas lights and I still do - although I really cant fathom going out looking at lights after working all day. I used to draw sketches of our house covered in lights so that mum would know where to put them so it looked exactly the way I wanted it to. There was a whole bunch of us in the street who all used to decorate our houses with lights and each year the displays got bigger and better (much to mums disgust Im sure as she had the job of putting them up). We used to walk around the neighbourhood to look at all the lights on display and there was a real sense of excitement and community. I miss the magic and wonder of Christmas.
I'm hoping next year will finally be the year I get the magic back. The plan is I will no longer be working in retail so I wont be bombarded over and over with propaganda all day. I'm sure in shorter more spaced out spurts that Christmas time at the shops would be bearable. I want to get excited about putting up the tree and cover it with as many lights as possible. I want to actually send out christmas cards for the first time in ages. I want to watch the christmas carols on the tv. I want to co-ordinate my presents with ribbon and labels and bows and all the cute and pretty things. I want to have the big family get together with all the yummy food. Most of all I want to be able to sleep it all off the next day instead of working the craziest day of the year. I want to do Christmas my way - full of wonder, excitement, joy and magic.
How are you celebrating Christmas this year?
Is it exciting or do you just want it to be over?