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Monday, June 17, 2013

Christmas - What's on your list?

Now don't panic, I know Christmas is still a few months away but I wanted to share some observations so that we all have time to really consider what it is about the holidays that we enjoy most OR what do we want to change so that we can enjoy it even more.
Every year I see posts on facebook complaining of how much stress people experience around Christmas and they hate Christmas shopping or that Christmas is too commercial and it should be God & family.

First, people have been complaining about Christmas being too commercial since before the 1930's.  Even Charlie Brown complained about it in the 1964 Charlie Brown Christmas special (that I watch every single year).  Only you can keep the commercialism out of your own personal Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Saturnalia, etc. celebrations.


For me, I love seeing the holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc) decorations in the stores and everywhere else. If you wish me Happy Hanukkah, I'll smile and say "Thank You" even though it's not a holiday that I celebrate.  I have no patience for people who choose to be offended by "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Kwanzaa" because they don't embrace those particular celebrations or festivals.  I'm also annoyed at stores that cave to the pressure of being politically correct (?) by not posting signs that say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc. 


I would really enjoy seeing signs that celebrate our diversity during December. Speaking from a business perspective, why wouldn't you want to make your holiday displays feel inclusive? Anyone who doesn't celebrate any holiday would probably be avoiding the stores in December anyway and most certainly wouldn't be perusing the aisles that contain decorations.
Okay, I'm climbing down off my soapbox now.  This year, instead of spending a lot of time complaining that you don't have enough time you can just decide that you have more than enough time to get everything done AND enjoy the season. In addition to making a 'to do' list also make a 'bucket list' to remind yourself of all the fun stuff you want to do.

Stay Preppy

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