December is all about anticipation for me. Christmastime is my favorite time of the year, and I think part of it is that it's nearly an entire month of happy anticipation, followed by celebration.
A lot of people don't enjoy December, Christmastime, or anything about it. Which is up to them, though it really annoys me when they have to tell you every single time you see them or talk to them. We all know someone who falls into this category, and we all have to listen to them, regardless of our feelings about things.
It occurred to me today that for a lot of aspects of my life, I have decided for myself the way things are, and I work hard to follow my patterns and beliefs that I have devised. I am also good at compartmentalizing things. For instance, when Christmas decorations go up at stores immediately after Halloween, I have no trouble ignoring them altogether. Because Thanksgiving comes first, and should never be eclipsed by Christmas, as far as my beliefs go, so those way-too-early decorations are compartmentalized in a place where they are completely ignored. I can then easily enjoy Halloween, anticipate and enjoy Thanksgiving, and only then give any serious attention to Christmastime.
It's all part of my own "rules" and it works for me. I guess I enjoy holidays so much, that I don't want any of them to be cheated out of their special-ness.
This year, I'm not going to go out of my way to be rude, but I'm going to ignore the holiday grouches. They can be miserable, angry, frustrated, or morally superior to their hearts' content, and I am not going to stick around for it. Life is too short to allow others with no Christmas spirit to decide the atmosphere for everyone.
Christmastime only comes around once a year. And every bit of it is worth my time.