This is my half-hearted attempt to show some holiday spirit.
This Charlie Brown Tree is by far my favorite holiday decoration ever. It’s understated. It’s simple. It’s a little tacky. It’s easy to pack away.
It’s no secret among my closest friends and family that I struggle to get excited about the holiday season. I prefer Thanksgiving to Christmas because it’s a really nice relaxed dinner and I don’t have to worry about gifts. Plus, in my neck of the woods, we always got out of school for a week during Thanksgiving for Deer Season.
My strategy for Christmas never changes. From December 1st until December 23rd, I walk around in some kind of haze, blinking wildly at the twinkle lights, cursing the radio for playing silly songs about jingle bells, and avoiding department stores at all cost. I pretend like Christmas is not going to happen. What’s that? Who? When? Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?
Then, on December 23rd, I panic. My left brain kicks in, I make a detailed list and head into the fray like a bulldog. I actually am a bulldog — high school mascot — go dawgs! I then spend 30 minutes wrapping, tying ribbons and ripping apart tissue paper like a madwoman and I am victorious! I scoff at those Black Friday shoppers with their $100 flat panel tv’s.
Then, I tell myself that next year will be different. I’ll start early. I’ll face Christmas like an adult. I won’t pretend it isn’t going to happen. But, deep down I’m afraid I’ll always be a last minute Christmas shopper.