Monday, November 28, 2005

I knew this would happen, its always the same way. Soon after (or even before) Thanksgiving is done, then on go the Christmas decorations here and far. Oh, but this has a way of being depressing. "Its too rushed" , I say. "It ruins the mood", I also say. I go through these complaints and whining every year, I moan about the over commercialism this, and the frantic schedule that -- and it could have a way of really wearing a person down. And I don't' mean the person on the other end of all my bitching and venting! But yeah, them too!

I'm wrapping up an article on Christmas, so I've had all these things on my mind even earlier than usual. But what the crux of my article is about - finding what really is significant behind our holidays -- buzzes in my mind like a cheerful but persistent goody-two-shoes. Remember the movie Animal House? When Pinto has the girl in his room, and is getting advice from his conscience? The Devil saying...."F#*k her! And the angel ...Well, saying not to.

I keep hearing the angel (how fitting) telling me.."Remember the good!" The angel also says, "remember the Alamo", but that I don't' quite get. But really, I have this voice in my head, reminding me that there is something wonderful coming. OK VOICE --You got a good point there! I get it! I'll try to be of good Cheer!

So, voice not withstanding, I continue bravely into the fray of the holiday season. (cripes, my wording isn't exactly sweetness and light is it? 'bravely'? 'into the fray'? Could I be any more, pessimistic?

Anyway, today I wasn't in the best mood when I was out on errands, but I swear this did NOT color my reactions to what I saw.

There's a new decoration in town kids. Yep, right here in River City. You probably have seen these fancy huge blow up type things that have been popular the last few years. They have pumpkins, witches, turkeys, Snowmen, elves, the works. Sadly they don't work so well for the condo set. Anyway...

There's this twist on the blow up decoration. One word: SnowGlobe. OK maybe that's two words, sorta. But really, there are now these big blow up snowglobe thingies. Yeah, exactly! It's some sort of holiday figure, with a HUGE (plastic I guess) sphere, and real stuff blowing around inside. I'm pretty sure it's not real snow.

Today I saw three of them.

It's really pretty amazing, but immediately I knew I would never EVER get one.

Too expensive? I don't know. Too gaudy? Ah, maybe, but it IS pretty cute.

Perhaps, toooooo trendy?


Yeah, I'm weird like that. If everyone else has one, I develop an immediate distaste for it. Maybe I'm just jealous because I didn't think of it first. Could be. I'm not sure. All I know is that why do I want to copy someone else? Why do I want to do the cookie cutter thing? ::Shiver:::. Remember those outdoor Christmas lights that give a sort of icicle effect? You affix them so they hang off the edge of the roof. Sort of neat looking, but once I saw more than one display, I made the mental note to not include it in any sort of holiday decorating theme EVER in my lifetime. EVER.

Kind of funny, especially if you know me and have been to my house. Yeah, I do follow fashion somewhat. I have hung on the coattails of some sort of decorating trend or another. My clothes are not terribly outdated. I have a DVD, MP3, GPS... I buy brand names. I wear Eddie Bauer and Victoria's Secret. I have not yet uttered, "that's how I roll", and now that I typed it, it's just too silly, but I try like heck to keep up.

Just not with the Joneses.


Eowyn said...

But what the crux of my article is about - finding what really is significant behind our holidays --
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

And, you're right: we act without permission and then seek His forgiveness all the time. Salvation is the ultimate forgiveness.
"For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
2 Corinthians 5:21

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36

We sin. God gave us His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, taking the penalty for our sins. He rose again and still lives, in heaven. We can be with Him forever if we ask Him to be our Lord and Savior and BELIEVE that this is true. Ultimately, Christmas is about the gospel!

May you have a blessed, Spirit-filled Christmas season, Mary. May neither one of us EVER have an inflated snow globe on our lawns.

Eowyn said...

Oh, yeah, I know you know that Christmas is about Jesus' birth, and the reason for His birth, our salvation, but it it makes me very happy to re-state it! Praise the Lord!

Kitty said...

I've been screaming about this since early October! Especially since one florist in town put a Halloween display in one front display window and a Christmas display in the other front window ...

And, I had to literally step over Christmas decorations to buy my Halloween candies at the local stores ...

The dash to be the "first" to get a "jump" on Christmas is maddening - to me, Christmas does NOT arrive until that jolly 'ole fat man is seen waving from the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade sleigh! THAT is the signal to OFFICIALLY begin the Christmas season, but . . . no one listens to me . . .

great rant - I say - preach on!

MaryKay said...

Kitty, I got even more 'rant-ier' in one of my Blogcritics posts about Black Friday.I probably should post it here as well. I am even not so found of the Christmas season starting on Thanksgiving night. but I can accept that I suppose.

Its funny though, because in the last few days I've actually starting playing the music and thinking about getting all the decorations out. : )

Anyway, thanks for stopping by - how did you find me?