Can We Please Have a Breather Before Christmas?

While many nearby homes are already fully in the holiday spirit, we’re neither here nor there.

Our first snowfall was yesterday. I brought our dog Gus outside for some fresh air and marveled as he saw snow for the first time. He held out his tongue to catch the flakes and drank lustily from the pools of melting snow below our downspouts. Only about two inches fell, but it clung prettily to the branches, shrubs and mailboxes.

The snow was beautiful but it was another unwelcome reminder that fall is over and I’d better get my ass in gear soon for Christmas. Around our town a few organized souls have already done so. As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers were cleared away, electric candles miraculously appeared in each window, garland sprouted around the garage and tasteful white lights on every tree and shrub. On Thanksgiving day we saw at least three cars topped with trussed dead firs driving by. I am still upset that millions of people cut Thanksgiving short to wait in line to buy holiday junk at Walmart.

At our house, two large pumpkins, beginning to soften with age, still sit on our doorstep. Yesterday’s snowfall has given them fluffy white hats. We’ve been too lazy busy for our annual late November tradition of smashing them in the woods, at the same place where countless pumpkins have been slain in years past. While I’ve added a wreath to the front door – only because I had ordered them from our local Boy Scout, who delivered them before Thanksgiving — the pumpkins are still there, as out of place as uninvited Christmas party guests.

We need a breather — a few days or even a week of stillness — between the fall holidays and the winter ones. Just a few days to decompress from the Halloween candy and the tryptophan coma, to pull out the dead chrysanthemums and smash the rotting pumpkins, to sweep away the last of the leaves, to appreciate the barren beauty of the unincorporated territory between holidays. A few days to rest the brain, wallet and soul before December’s shopping, glitz and revelry. Who’s with me?

7 thoughts on “Can We Please Have a Breather Before Christmas?

  1. Cathy, i agree 100%

  2. I agree totally with you Cathy – what is the rush? Some people in our development were putting up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving! We still have our 6 little pumpkins which I will open up with the hope that the critters will enjoy the nuts inside. Everyone needs to relax 🙂

  3. I know what you mean–because our Thanksgiving was in October–I put most of my fall stuff away a couple of weeks ago, and am enjoyed the “bare” look until Saturday, when I will decorate for Christmas–in Canada, we get a bit more of a breather

  4. enjoying not enjoyed

  5. I’m stealing your words “busy lazy”, Love it! I would write more, but I’m soooo busy lazy.

  6. We got our first Christmas card in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. My mom glared at the offending envelope and refuses to open it until December.

    So I agree with you! 🙂

  7. I’m taking my breather — no decorations at our house yet and I’m in no rush! I’m still savoring last week’s holiday. Thanksgiving is my personal favorite since there’s nothing to do but enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends.

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