Friday, January 8, 2010

Why Christmas should be Jan. 25

I have been doing a lot of thinking this new year. I was reading a You book, and one of the suggestions to ward off Alzheimer's is thinking of things in a new way. For example, when you take a shower don't turn off your brain; think of the individual trickles of water beading on your leg. Keep that mind activated! Even though the ability to numb your brain seems like quite a talent in its own right. Moving on.

So during my deep thinking, I really decided I don't like January, and so many people don't, yet we rush December like it's on perpetual stimulants and need it be?? No! Therefore, I motion to move Christmas to January 25~! If there is one thing that government can actually accomplish, maybe it could be this easy switchover? Here are my reasons:

  • not enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Let's actually enjoy our decorations for more than a few weeks. Also, more time for all dem eggnog parties and maybe caroling will come back into vogue if we have time for such frivolities.
  • Valentine's Day will get the time it deserves, which is no more than 2 weeks.
  • Christmas spirit will have time to be earned, not faked
  • time to listen to all those good carols, watch all those Christmas videos
  • more time to make all those holiday goodies!
  • January will be more enjoyable, having Christmas marked on its 25th day, and December will begin slowly and surely.
  • No more Black Friday taking the steam away from Thanksgiving.
  • Greater likeliness of a white Christmas in January than December
  • I will have a little more time to refresh my wishlist between my December birthday and Christmas
  • once Christmas is over the end of January, it will feel like we only have a little bit of winter left before Spring!
So aren't those great reasons? I thought so. Here are some of my highlights during the fun month, yet somewhat rushed month of December 2009:

Above- celebrating my Dad's big 7-0. He totally looks and acts 40.
Below- Sam loves brushing his teeth...sometimes I'm negligent and I just stay out of the bathroom and hope one of his sisters is brushing for him. As it usually goes, he takes care of himself. Independence isn't bad for an almost 2 year old, right? I'm sure he is brushing very thoroughly.

We celebrated Isabelle's 6th birthday on the 22nd. It was a fun day!

Megz tried to take over the party by initiating charades while I was still shoveling lil smokies into a few of the more hungry party-goers mouths.
Making marshmallow pops...who knew white and chocolate covered marshmallows with sprinkles could taste so good?
Christmas day was great. The kids enjoyed their apparel and toys.

So with all this, how do we make January a redeemable month? I have just one idea, and that is to go out and enjoy my Easter candy for this month and the following 3 months?


rut said...

I'm with you on Valentine's Day. The last thing you want to see on Dec 26 is the poor overworked retail employee hanging red ribbon and stocking Sweethearts.

Are there any tips in the You book about not turning off the brain during TV? I want a way to eliminate TV guilt from my life. Or maybe we need to install a TV in the shower.

Megz said...

I don't wanna move Christmas. That just makes life busier for two whole months. You would just buy, spend, eat, sing carols twice as much. Trust me.
I just propose we give January a fun holiday. Like 'Give to Yourself' day.
And tell Rut that if he's having so much TV guilt then he needs to leave the room! Nothing spoils TV time like watching a great brainless show with someone who is feeling guilty about it!

Melissa Rees said...

You know what I think about in the shower? The giant hairball I pulled out of the drain 2 days ago! Such a oddly satisfying thing to accomplish. Makes me enjoy every shower even more. And there is NO WAY Howard is 70!! he looks great!

Nikki said...

I second your motion! LOL! Oh how I've missed your posts. Thanks for the good laugh. Let's keep them coming! It will help your horrid month of January move a little faster!

Lady Di said...

I think I might end up buying too many gifts for Christmas if I had the time---and then I wouldn't have an excuse not get all the neighbor's some! So here's MY plan: let's meet in Florida next January 15th (enough time to plan and prepare for it after Christmas, and hardly any January left once we get back!) for "Give to Yourself" day...or whatever.

LC said...

Megz and Di have got a good suggestion. I'd like to go on a tropical vacation every Jan.

Kate thinks we should have Christmas on Dec. 6. But BD and I agree with giving Thanksgiving it's full due. He just read yesterday that we have Thanksgiving because of a lady named Sarah Hale who advocated for such a holiday in the 1800's. She wrote to every President and campaigned for 30 years before Lincoln declared it a national holiday. Just keep up the campaigning...:)

stephanie said...

I am all for moving it to January. I love Christmas and making it last longer seems wonderful!

liz said...

I think we need SOMETHING in January to look forward to! But I'm thinking it's a big tropical vacation to the Bahamas each and every year that we need! ha ha ha!

Megan said...

Jack has the same PJs as Sam! It makes them look even more like cousins.

January is tough. Winter feels so long, but at least the days are getting a little longer. The sun was setting at 3:58 for a while up here-- argh! I think a little more Christmas cheer later in winter would help for sure.

Happy January!

Sher said...

Hmmm. I'll have to think about it. I think Der would agree with you. He's done with winter as soon as Christmas is over but winter is not done with us. I think a tropical vacation in January would be great but we don't exactly live near the tropics. Hmmm.

jamesandashleyburton said...

I think your motion to move Christmas is brilliant. Besides, Christmas is too close to New Years and, let's be honest, MLK Day isn't much of a holiday.