Monday, 2 December 2019

December ALREADY?


When it comes to celebrating Christmas/Yule,
I fall right in the MIDDLE of these two extremes.

I like the holidays, but I try not to OVERDO things.
"KEEP IT SIMPLE," that's my advice.

Like when it comes to DECORATING --


Well, maybe I'm SOMEWHAT of a hypocrite in this area --


There IS one area, however, where I DO go a bit wild.


I just LOVE Christmas carols and music! NON-STOP!

Time once more to dig out and play ALL my seasonal CDs!
Yes, from one EXTREME to the other,
Bing Crosby to Boney M!

Or how about THIS album which lays a little FUNK and RAP
on that WHITE BOY HANDEL.



LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!

45 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

I am pix #2. it's just another day, another week, another month to slog thru.

Moving with Mitchell said...

I’m stuck in the middle with you when it comes to Christmas. Have you ever listened to “What if Mozart Wrote Christmas Carols”? So good!

DEZMOND said...

Boney M have festive music? I thought they only sung about Rasputin!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Moving with Mitchell -- I've never heard of this! Found it now on YouTube though -- thanks for your tip!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ DEZMOND -- Oh, Dezzy, if you've never heard their disco-infused xmas album, you're missing out on a real classic treat!

Bob said...

We star Christmas, decorations, shopping, etc, AFTER Thanksgiving, and it ends right AFTER New Years Day.

mistress maddie said...

Im another one like you. Im in the middle. I love the feeling and beauty of the holiday....but you have to slow down and enjoy the beauty of it. I don't think people stop to enjoy things anymore. I think if we don't make holidays alive there gone.

pam nash said...

I like decorating the tree best. Every ornament evokes a happy memory of parents and aunts (all long gone now), children, grandchildren, and close friends.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i just wish it lasted longer!

Rosemary said...

I think that it is all a rather cunning plan to get us through the winter months. By the time it is all over 2020 will have dawned and by that time we will all convince ourselves that Spring is just around the corner!!!

Doctor Z said...

HUZZAH! I'm right there with you. I love the holiday music and the decorations, but the CROWDS ... ALL THOSE PEOPLE! Yes, I live in NYC. Yes, NYC is gorgeous during the holidays .... but all those people making my daily commute to work miserable need stay in their hotel rooms from the hours of 6:00-9:00 am and 4:00-7:00 PM. Breakfast? Dinner? ANYTHING but traveling with the commuters rushing to get to work or home.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

I can't stand most modern versions of Christmas music. Especially when they start with the vocal runs, are they singing or doing the Tarzan yell???

Ol'Buzzard said...

Reminds me of Michael Jackson in the Whiz, singing the crow song. Real funk throughout the movie.
the Ol'Buzzard

Lady M said...

I have avoided the Christmas Music overdose by staying away from box stores this year. So when I do hear it, I am not completely burned out.

Marie Smith said...

I just arrived home from Christmas shopping. Not a favourite chore but it makes it feel like Christmas. Now for the hateful wrapping.

Leanna said...

I always hold back until the winter solstice on the 21st to decorate. That is officially Yule and then I can go crazy.

Hena Tayeb said...

haha! We don;t celebrate but I still love this season.. but it is a little disconcerting when you start to see Christmas Decorations in October.

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, I have to confess to being in the "just another day" camp. And the repetitive music that I cannot turn off definitely pushes me over into Scrooge territory. Luckily, some special birthdays at the end of the year will put me in a party-giving and gift-giving mood.
--Jim

jono said...

"I'm already drunk for St. Patrick's Day." You know I am going to try to use that, right?

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm not sure where I'd fall - somewhere on the Jewish spectrum.
I hate the season, but I sure love that I don't have to get caught up in it and go bankrupt in the process of proving how much I love my (dead) uncles or cute postal delivery man. (Well, perhaps he deserves something.)
Cheers.

Laurie said...

I love it too , all of it! Happy December!

ALLIE NYC said...

Yes I am in the middle too. And good lord people getting themselves bent out of shape over Christmas decorations going up too early. Too early is in the eye of the beholder, ok Maybe July would be to early. But seriously there are much more pressing issues to get bent out of shape over. First world problems **insert eye roll**

Love the St Patricks quote that is too funny!

Allie of
www.allienyc.com

Mike said...

I'm the guy at the bottom of the picture. My birthday is in the middle of the mix and I can't wait for it to all be over.

I think the Snmgfiehp holiday is even lesser known than Festivus.

Heli said...

We love Christmas music too, we started listening already in October (no Thanksgiving here in Finland, so all elves are very much alive)! Your post on 7 December 2011 introduced young lad from Winnipeg, Sean Quigley, playing Little Drummer Boy, and this gem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrNcD34KFhM
begins our christmas season, since 2011. So Thank You Debra, we are ready, let's go crazy!!!

Guillaume said...

I start getting in the Christmas spirit around mid November.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I love the clear lights and the cheer.
I cannot take 24/7 of xmas music. No.
I don’t put up a tree or anything like that. I have a sock monkey dressed as Santa, though.

XoXo

Professor Chaos said...

I used to love Christmas and Christmas music. Then I started working in retail. Now I dread the beginning of the Christmas song times.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I fall in the middle as well and YES to Christmas music...it really gets you in the spirit. Well, that and wine. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Heli -- I'm so glad to have inadvertently been part of a new Christmas tradition for you! I still love that video too -- that young guy is so terrific! Thanks for commenting and letting me know you are a reader of mine!

Joanne Noragon said...

Just enjoying the comments, here. No expectations.

Adam said...

One of the best local stations plays christmas music for two months...it's awful

baili said...

i used to be one first in the image lol
but now things have slow down inside and outside indeed :)
i enjoyed your sharing as always dear Debra
may be we always try to find reason to express our happiness which is good thing isn't it ?

nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing said...

I gave all my decorations to my kids years ago. Boxed them up and said, "Merry Christmas." They can untangle all the lights now. I'm not cynical-just tired. I've enjoyed the holidays for years and loved decorating and entertaining.
I'll enjoy the hoopla on the blogs. No mess to clean up. :)

Martha said...

I love this festive time of the year. Bring on the madness!

Magaly Guerrero said...

The second picture made me roar. And the first, of course, made me nod nearly violently (at the second guy).

Susan said...

I tend toward the lower, but LOVE the music! This has opened up a whole new holiday music venue!

e said...

As a non-Christian I find it a little tiresome, but I mostly translate Merry Christmas to Happy Solstice in my head. Close enough!
And, if people are cheerful and wishing each other well, that's a good thing.
Fa la la la la la la laaaaa!

Travel said...

And by January 1st, I will be done with it for a year.

Tundra Bunny said...

I think Canadians should not put up Christmas decorations before Remembrance Day on November 11. After that, go wild! I especially enjoy seeing Christmas lights and I wish people would leave them on well into the new year, if only to cheer up our long, dark, frigid 74-day month of January. However, I absolutely hate, detest and loathe non-stop Christmas music, so I side-step this annoyance by avoiding all box stores from mid-November to January!

This N That said...

This year has just flown by...Now that Thanksgiving is over, let Christmas begin!!

Liz Hinds said...

That's me too. Christmas music all the way.

JACKIESUE said...

I love Christmas for the kids..Abby is all stoked about the damn peeping Thom elf..but I can get her to behave better by telling her Santa and that damn elf are watching her.

Brian Joseph said...

I am somewhat in the middle. I love Christmas for the fellowship with family and friends and the positive messages that surround the holiday. I also like the celebrations. I can do without some of the other Christmas frills however. I really am not crazy about Christmas music :)

Fundy Blue said...

I love Christmas, Debra! I'm about as far as you can get from the Théoden group (although I'm not sure that I want to be in a group with Adam Sandler). Loved the Funk Rap take on Handel. And thanks for the reminder to get all my Christmas music out. I've been preoccupied ~ LOL!

Barbara said...

I tried something new this year. I ordered all the Christmas CDs I could find online at the library. They are coming in in bits and pieces, so I am going through them while I am driving and keeping only the ones I really like. Since I have already picked up a dozen and many are by/from folks we never heard of, I am really expanding my taste. I love my old favorites but I just decided to try some other CDs this year.