It’s November 5, and I have Christmas decorations making their way on display in my house. Yes, I realize Thanksgiving has not passed.
But when Thanksgiving comes, I will still celebrate it whole-heartedly. I will wake up as I always do and have a bowl of oatmeal to hold me over until 3 p.m. while I cook with the Macy’s Day Parade in the background. I will count my blessings, share in gratitude and spend quality time with loved ones while discretely wearing maternity pants (for the food belly).
I will love Thanksgiving no less than I always do, whether or not I have already started tuning in to Christmas music.
And as I’m regretting how full I will feel as I end Turkey Day 2016 with a glass of apple cider sangria that I plan to make from my Pinterest board, I will admire our Christmas tree with pure joy because I fucking love Christmas, and I count down to it starting Dec. 26 of the previous year, thank you very much.
There’s no such thing as ruining a holiday by going overboard with another holiday. Yes, I realize I go overboard, and that harms you how? Oh, it doesn’t! That’s right.
I love this time of year, not for all the things, but for all the joy that it spreads. I will respectfully boast “Happy Holidays” with a giant smile on my face to everyone who will listen between now and Jan.1. How others choose to celebrate – or not – is something I will leave entirely up to them. But in my house, we are early and overboard. And it is magical.
In fact, I’m going even earlier this year because I can’t handle the toxic divisiveness that is the 2016 Presidential Election. Everyone’s all like counting down to Nov. 8 turmoil, meanwhile, I’m making a list, checking it twice with glittering snowflakes over my head while my house smells like a magnificent cross between pumpkin spice and gingerbread. Because I choose happiness.
So go ahead, keep your homes holiday-neutral and laugh at people like me. Waste your energy tweeting @Starbuck’s about how their paper cups offend you for not being Christmas-y enough, while simultaneously being offended when people like me celebrate it too much.
Newsflash: there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate Christmas or any of the holidays. So quit being a cotton-headed ninny muggins.