Everyone may not be aware, and so I just wanted to remind you that THIS YEAR, Christmas is on December 25th…. Yes, the 25th of December is CHRISTMAS this year, that comes directly after the 24th…
Really. It’s one of the last hold-out, non floating holidays …(Halloween having given up the gh0st in so many localities, we have New Years, the 4th of July and Christmas holding onto the outdated tradition of being celebrated ‘on the day’, so to speak.) Therefore, it will be held on a Sunday this time around.
Now, I realize it’s a sneaky little holiday—there are, after all, no signs stating such an event is on its way, nor advertisements alerting you; heck there aren’t even any special songs to remind you or anything, so I just wanted to provide this little PSA….
Black Friday. While I what I do, pardon me if I am less than enthused to be coming to work at O’Dark Thirty and keeping a on my face all the live long day, while you hold me personally responsible for being out of the widget de jour…especially, if while you are looking down your nose at the shop “help” you can’t stop texting or calling friends to complain about how utterly horrid your EXTRA DAY OFF has been because all the goodies you wanted were gone…because it isn’t my day off, and I won’t get an extra day off and I won’t open my check to find hazard pay on it, either!
See, the thing is, it isn’t even the WORKING—loads of people are working on holidays— in hospitals and airports , factories and newspapers, IT help desks and and and… But it’s just the same as any other work day, except they get holiday pay, or time and a half or triple time, or extra time off, and more than the just over minimum that is offered to seasonal retail workers.
It’s the tone of the people you are interacting with—who any other day may be polite and gentle, who may hold the door for someone, or let someone with only a few items get to the register before them. Who upon arrival at the parking lot begin to behave like hungry piranhas, refusing even to yield a gap in the driving lane to let a car out of a parking space , so sure that someone may be trying to beat them to the deal. The season of Peace and Joy, indeed.
Be alerted also that many, many people consider the 24th of December a holiday, too. Retail does not. Those elves busy filling your stockings at the register on December 24th are not being treated to a paid (or unpaid) holiday. They are scrambling to come up with something at the last minute, to fulfill orders not due till early January, to prove to the person you are trying to impress that you are, indeed, Santa.
The retail world thanks you.
About Turkey Day This links to a blog I wrote two years ago for Thanksgiving. There isn’t much I can add to it…
CHRISTMAS PHOTO A DAY…. Starting up again on DECEMBER FIRST… are you signed up to my photo blog? Do you want to receive these images daily to your email? Have you liked my Facebook page? Are you on the list and you want to be removed? (sniff ) (Contact me to be added or removed)
My photo website— ALL images are available for purchase, and make wonderful, unique and personal gifts.
This year, I have a selection of Christmas images for personalized Christmas cards!
My Etsy site— This year I have a few different little gifts available for sale.
What is left to say?
AND MAKE MEMORIES…!
Last year, we were all Swine Flu crazy! I made up these cute little Chinese food boxes full of ‘Flu Fighters’ and gave them to co-workers, friends and family.
Ingredients, as listed on the tag (with a clip art image of a pig )
- Chicken Cup-a-Soup
- Cough drops
- Emergen-C powder and those drink pouches for water bottles with either Gatorade powder or some other flavor with electrolytes
- Anti-bacterial hand cleaner in a travel size
- Tissues with a nice little fabric cover I made
- and of course, MEDICINAL chocolate *(Hershey Kisses)
Hoping everyone has a HEALTHY Christmas season this year!!!
Is there a career which would allow me to have Novembers off?? I feel the great pull of time, of the pages of the calendar turning turning turning, the pressure of all the things I planned to do this year, staring me in the face…
I want to be a part of Art Every Day month, and of NaNoWriMo but I don’t have the time, what with the escalation of pressure (Christmas music has made its way to my job) to make my Christmas lists, and then commit to the making of said gifts (which, of course could be part of Make Art Every Day…)
The great American novel may not be really floating around in my head, but I would love to challenge myself to write every day as well. (The goal of 50,000 words itself isn’t off-putting; I’ve written two fiction stories over three times that length, but the time-frame: 30 days, of which I have already lost the first 4….and the topic…)
Yet these have to compete with the new crisp visions I’ve had, the visions of quilts I would love to get back to, the desire to start new ones…
And the recipes! They come at you from everywhere– holiday cooking, holiday baking; it all looks so much more satisfying and so much less like another chore than at any other part of the year….
And of course all those things to do don’t even touch on all the time needed for pesky routine things like sleeping, and cleaning house…
So, if anyone is aware of a vocation I could take up, that would free up my NOVEMBERS, do tell!