Thursday, November 29, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Blink and holidays are over
After another nice family Thanksgiving holiday, I have resigned myself to the fact the holidays might as well be over.
Monday at work, I faxed the annual letter about Santa Claus letters to area elementary schools and set the reminder fax on my desk — not only to remind teachers, etc., but to remind me — that Santa Claus is coming and faster than he ought to!
The Santa Claus letters are one of the many favorite things of mine at Christmas. Fortunately for me, I no longer have to type them, although sometimes I do help.
Son Kris, who works here at the paper also, gets the pleasure of typing the Santa letters. And I think he enjoys it, for a couple of days anyway.
Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. All the food and family and none of the hassle of presents, etc. Not that I don’t like presents. I do! I love to give presents and I like to get presents as well. But presents just aren’t the best part anymore.
I’d never go shopping on Black Friday! Never! I can’t imagine the horror of it. (That’s kind of a joke — barely.)
On the news Tuesday morning, there was a great deal of commentary on Cyber Monday. I didn’t participate in that either. I am a great fan of online shopping, as I live out “close to nowhere,” but I just don’t do shopping marathons anymore.
I wanted to do the “Small Saturday” bit, but it is the holiday season, so I am sick as a dog with another head cold.
I love the idea of going around town and picking up neat things at some of the small shops. They didn’t want me in their stores Saturday though. Nothing like a horrendous cold to make people want you to stay away from them.
One thing I did hear on the news Tuesday morning was about “Giving Tuesday.” After all the insanity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Tuesday is now being marked as a day for giving — volunteering your services, donating money to a good (local) cause, taking food to the Food Pantry (I’m guessing that after Thanksgiving the food bank shelves are empty and need serious replenishing before Christmas).
As sick as I was Tuesday, I didn’t participate in Giving Tuesday this year. But, they were saying on the news for everyone to spread the news about Giving Tuesday — Facebook, Twitter and other social media — so I guess this year, I can help spread the news.
Giving Tuesday — sounds like a day worth doing!
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