When you ask Siri “How many days until Christmas, you get “one week and one day” When you ask how many hours until Christmas, you get “one week and one day” I did then did the math… which translates to- I really need to get my act together if I’m going to ship anything to my relatives. Sue’s family is easy, a few years ago we all decided we were old enough to not give gifts. Instead we all gather someplace and spend time with each other. No pressure, no stress, no anxiety, just some time together.
Now with only days to go before winter break, classrooms are an exciting place to be. You see kids have certain things that make them excited: toys, candy & cookies, staying up late, and for a few not going to school. So winter break as it is now called combines a number of these into one massive reason to forget how civilized people act. Sadly, school is where a lot of this energy is expelled. While at the same time many teachers are now trying to convey that last bit of knowledge before everyone leaves and the standardized tests loom closer on the horizon. The school staff is left trying to survive as the kids get wound tighter and tighter and tighter… basically my day job this week is like herding cats.
Mmmm… Gingerbread, a taste and smell of the season. Whether it be gingerbread houses, pepparkakor, hermits (my grandfather’s recipe), or whatever gingerbread seems to sneak its way into the stressful holidays. It’s there and for many it’s one of the things that make this time of year special.
Stress relief tip: line up a bunch of gingerbread folk, one by one, bite off just their heads. Once your done that to all of them, eat what’s left. I think it’s something in gingerbread that helps. Strangely , it doesn’t seem to work if you just eat them, you have to follow the direction exactly. Go figure!
While recently the “ugly Christmas sweater” has become a “thing.” To the point where companies are making fake ugly sweaters by screen printing on sweatshirts… Really? This attitude shows once again the commercialism of the holiday and the loss of the true meaning of the ugly Christmas sweater. People have forgotten the most important part of the ugly Christmas sweater, isn’t that you found it at a second hand store and knew that it would bag you first prize at the office holiday party. It isn’t that you really wanted a fake batman patterned sweater so you could hang out with the “cool kids.” The true meaning of the ugly Christmas sweater is that someone out there thought of YOU when they saw it and felt so strongly that they purchased it. Worse yet, Aunt Bernice knit the sweater for you thinking (once again) that you would LIKE it. The sweater reflects more on how people see you, than the taste of the gift giver. Something to think about.
Oh and going out and buying an ugly sweater just says you don’t have someone who loves you so much that they would see something hideous and think of you. 🙂