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Now it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

December 26, 2012

Forget shopping, wild horses couldn’t drag me into a store after Dec. 25. For me Boxing Day represents “the most wonderful time of the year” because it’s the day I get to un-decorate. Peter always tells people that I’m the only person on earth who gets more excited about taking Christmas decorations down then I do about putting them up. When we used to buy a tree (a tradition that has since been banished from our household) it was with absolute certainty the decapitated evergreen would get punted to the curb first thing on December 26th.

The over-indulgence of glitter and gold is too much for me. My senses can’t take the excessive visual pollution. Color theory tells us that red and green are complimentary colors. In the context of Christmas branding – the last feeling I get from red and green is a complimentary one. Red is known to makes our hearts beat faster and can elicit anger. Green is known to have a calming effect and can make us feel happy. Therein lies the problem for me; when we put them together it becomes a clash of the upper and the downer. Add to that all the other hoopla that goes with this season; the inescapable guilt brought on by ringing charity bells, holiday music bludgeoning us to spend more money we don’t have, a multilevel tier of expectations to tend to, including my own, and the preparations which tends to feel like a third full-time job on top of my other full-time jobs of running a small business and a household – it leaves me emotionally spent. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, just not all at once as if I’ve been sentenced to some sort of extroverted penance.

Bah, humbug! I know. Christmas really is for kids and grandparents. I suspect once I’m no longer part of the sandwich generation, I’ll enjoy it once again. For now at least I can take refuge in the fact that this seasons only saving grace is the absolute joy it gives me to decorate (really, any excuse will do) and the even greater joy it gives me to un-decorate the day after the 25th. This, my friends, is the most effective holiday hangover cure I know.
© 2012, Dana Aubrey

© 2012, Dana Aubrey

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  1. January 15, 2013 8:41 am

    *drawls* nothin’ wrong with an upper and a downer together, sweetie…(drags on cigarette, sips from coffee cup) 😉 Well, at least your presents are wrapped awesomely. Kinda makes me wish I was Christian, so that I can have a pile of home-designed and gift wrapped presents under a tree (or a Festivus pole?)
    Happy New Year, m’dear!

    • January 18, 2013 11:02 am

      Aha. No kidding. HNY Nat!

      Thank you sweet soul. There’s a story associated with those presents in my next post.

      P.S. Religions got nothing doing in this house. The ‘Chirst’ & ‘Ian’ are distant cousins only. It’s more about peer pressure, kids, and stuffing the face of obese cow$. She says laughing out loud only to have it all end in snot and tears. 😉

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