26 October 2017
Three Upcoming Holidays and Why They Make Me Happy
Here I am again with Carole and Kat and Three on Thursday. I realized the other day that everyone was starting to bitch and moan about the weather and the holidays, so I am going to do my part to counteract that one. So here are three upcoming holidays and why they make me happy.
1. Halloween. I will start by saying that I am not someone who enjoys horror movies, or incredibly scary things - no, basically I'm a wimp that way. But I do love Halloween. Why? Well, I love all of the decorations - pumpkins, black cats, witches, skeletons, you name it. I also love that [usually] it's a nice chilly time in October when you feel like it *should* be a holiday! I do enjoy candy as well. And I love seeing everyone's costumes! I have a special place in my heart for kiddos who are wearing non-store-bought-non-elaborate costumes, since that is always what I had as a kid. No way were my parents buying me a Halloween costume, and my mother was not a crafty type, so my costumes were always .... shall we say, "interesting," and I nearly always had to explain what I was actually supposed to be. As well as the fact that approximately 99.99999999% of the time, I had to wear a coat or jacket over my mysterious ensemble anyway.
2. Thanksgiving. The coziest holiday in the universe. What is not to like about day that nearly everyone is willing to just enjoy? The house always smells wonderful with all of the cooking and the baking. No one objects to laziness on Thanksgiving, whereas on other days, you are supposed to be occupied with useful endeavors (not that I necessarily am, just that it's expected). People are generally in a good mood on Thanksgiving, at least in my experience. And I know some people get stressed with all of the cooking and preparations, but that is more because of theirs and others' expectations, not the fault of the holiday itself. I've always been fortunate to have nice Thanksgivings. The year my father died, he died the Monday of Thanksgiving week, and so even if it was a sad one, we still were able to all eat a holiday dinner together, even if not at our own house.
3. Christmastime. This one is loaded, I know. But if celebrated "properly" (aka by my rules and there are many, but they are fun and reasonable if I do say so myself!), Christmastime is amazing. The lights, the music, the decorations are all so happy. Then there are Christmas cookies, which I find as much fun to bake as to eat. I am also a person who loves to wrap presents, so there is that as well. In spite of the universe's desire to make me miserable at Christmastime, I am always able to enjoy it all, and look forward to it even more every year.
It's all good, as far as I'm concerned. :-)