Yes, yes, I know all those who celebrate the Christmas season have already been eating the chocolate out of your advent calendars and have probably had your lights up since December 1st (don’t even get me started on those of you that put them up prior, unless of course you’re celebrating Hanukkah with lights in which case – Happy Hanukkah to you and yours once more! To learn more about the origin of Hannukah, feel free to check out our blog post from 11/29 here: https://suntexllc.com/4200-2/).
That said, Christmas week is finally upon us! Depending upon how/whether you celebrate, this is the week you’ll need to look up how many hours in advance to take the turkey out to defrost (we’ve got you covered there, or I should say kitchn.com does: https://www.thekitchn.com/public-service-announcement-its-time-to-thaw-the-turkey-thanksgiving-tips-from-the-kitchn-213274), and dust off any other recipes you’ll want for Christmas dinner. Don’t forget about that last minute shopping and wrapping too – since the stores are likely starting to look a little bleak this close to the holidays – I mean, have you seen Jingle All The Way?! If not, and you’ve got some time this week, I highly suggest searching for it on your ideal streaming service (IMBD here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116705/).
In between turkey-defrosting and cookie-cutting, present-wrapping and other hyphenated holiday-activities pending on my chore list, I will still need to get a little work done, however this week will be pretty quiet in the office leading up to the weekend, when we will be closed Friday and Saturday during my favorite holiday of the year, Christmas!
While some may reasonably opt for the alternative, I always love when a holiday falls on the weekend. There is something special about the entire week leading up to a holiday weekend, and the excitement multiplies when your plans happen to align with others’ schedules.
Most offices and factories close on the weekends, so you’re likely already planning to have the day off, however unlike most Friday night through Sunday evening plans, this one includes people, gifts, songs, delicious food, and yule celebrations.
Personally, my family is meeting up at my parent’s house this year to celebrate – though my husband and I traditionally like to switch off visiting our folks for each major holiday, and admittedly COVID has thrown a wrench into that plan. This year however we’re happy to finally get together and have an almost normal Christmas celebration together, and only my favorite family members will be there so I don’t even have to fret about any drunkles or weirdo cousins creating any spectacles. We’ll have only ourselves to blame once the spectacles occur! Ha!
That said, I do hope your holiday shopping is done, you’ve memorized how to play your favorite holiday tunes on the piano for others to sing along to, and that your holiday meal plan is already written out – because there’s only a few more days before the merriment begins! You don’t want to be caught in the malls and megaplexes this week (do people even shop in person anymore?), and even holiday travel gets a little crazy so giving the present of your presence requires a little forward planning, the magic of Christmas can finally begin.
Unless of course your family sucks, then good luck. Also, feel free to leverage Holiday Tips for the Introvert in tomorrow’s post (link).
Kwanza this year will begin on the 26th, and last through New Years Day! Thus, for roughly half of this month, this year at least, if you say “Happy Holidays” to someone, you’re probably not wrong, so try it out. We’ll explore the origin and meaning of Kwanza in more detail on the 26th.
In the meantime, Ho ho ho and a Merry Christmas Eve⁵ to you all!