In seems like here in Canada we have five seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and the Holiday Season. The Holiday season starts showing up somewhere in mid-October and gains momentum after Halloween. It hits full force in early December when mall hours are extended, radio stations play holiday music 24/7 and television stations broadcast sappy holiday movies where everyone lives happily ever after. Cookie trays and fruit cakes shows up at work and baking frenzies occur at home and Starbucks’ holiday drinks re-appear (Peppermint mocha or eggnog latte anyone?). Employers host holiday teas for their staff (and sometimes even give out bonuses). Family and friends host holiday open houses where there are more goodies and libations to enjoy (calories don’t count during the holidays). Car roofs loaded with Christmas trees appear on the road and holiday lights light up the dark nights. For many people, this holiday season culminates during the last weeks of December (and early January for some) with copious amounts of food and gift giving.
Of course, the aftermath of the season (pounds, bills, broken toys and electronics) lasts so much longer – but who wants to think of those “nasties” while we’re in the throes of the holiday season. Time enough to think of those things in the long cold nights of Winter.
So in the spirit of the holiday season, I decked out my little tree and have shopped for gifts (although I’m not finished). I don’t bake but more than make up for my lack of baking by eating the cookies and cakes placed before me and I will not refuse an offered glass of wine or punch. But mostly, during this holiday season, I am trying to feel the true holiday spirit in my heart and hoping for peace and joy and comfort for everyone near and far.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays….Peace and Joy to all!
This post was inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons.