I like Thanksgiving for the same reasons many do.
My great aunt has cooked the enormous turkey for my extended family of 20 for each of my 33 years, along with numerous side dishes, which my grandma also makes. I make the pies (two pumpkins and a pecan were on the menu this year) and for the most part, I enjoy the company of my crazy yet incredibly loving and generous family.
And most importantly, there is no gift obligation.
But now it's over, and the race until Christmas is on. Of course, the stores in my area put up their Christmas displays the day after Halloween, which is revolting. I loathe the idea that October through late December is entirely swallowed up by a push for mass consumerism.
I wish I enjoyed the Christmas season more. I wish I could somehow rediscover the spirit of the holiday season, or at least not want to plow down every fake tree and ornament display with my cart when I go grocery shopping every Friday.
I feel like I write this post every year. And looking back, it seems that I do. The annual Excel Spreadsheet of Debt, whose current iteration dates back to 2004 was unearthed for the first time this season earlier in the week. I made several gift purchases on Cyber Monday, but I have many, many more to go. I must buy for more people than anyone else I know. My family is huge, and we exchange gifts with most of them. The pressure and stress and time commitment associated with this is huge.
This morning, I'm chasing my coffee with Xanax because later today, we will be attempting a holiday card photo shoot with one camera-phobic three-year-old and two 13-month-olds who do not occupy the same square inch of flooring twice in one day and whose personality traits lean more toward "irritable" and "explosive" than "angelic" and "accommodating."
Although, last year's shoot went so well, I'm not sure what I'm so nervous about.
Perhaps it was our attempted Thanksgiving photo shoot.
So, yeah. Not looking forward to Christmas or the holiday season in general, but currently accepting any and all suggestions for removal of the black veil of death I usually don this time of year.