I pray you heal from things no one ever apologized for ~ Unknown
It’s the holiday season, how do I know? Well today the parking lot at the supermarket was completely madness. People just walking in the driving lanes like it was a crosswalk. People backing into parking spaces, combined with the crazy walkers creating levels of gridlock that rival Manhattan on a Friday night.
I’ve made no secret of this on the blog, but the holiday season and particularly Christmas is my least favorite time of the year. This time of year people in public get harried, rude and just plain act crazy. With the time change the days seem even shorter than they are, it gets dark way too early. The next couple of months are just composed of far too many cold and dark nights.
But of course it’s not just that, emotionally this is a hard part of the year for those of us who haven’t or don’t had the type of typical family that most people have. Even worse, this is the time of year where everything in the media is the typical Norman Rockwell image of family. Every commercial, every TV show, every movie it seems centers around these large family gatherings. So for those who look around and don’t see anything like that, it can be really hard.
My dislike of this time of year goes way back, I can’t ever remember liking the Christmas season. The irony of it all, I have written about before how Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. So I do get a little boomeranged this time of year. I go from what will happen next week, a week of getting out in nature and eating really well, to things getting dark and cold in my world. And I know that I’m not alone this, which is why shortly after Thanksgiving I start posting additional posts entitled Holiday Happiness posts. I do these to give folks an opportunity to have access to pieces that they can access to hopefully help them through a hard time of year.
To those of you who don’t feel this way, who have Norman Rockwell holidays, or at least large groups of close family and friends to celebrate with, happy holidays and enjoy. ~ Rev Kane
May your thanksgiving happiness of nature & good food spill over into the next weeks, Michael. The light is beautiful this time of year here. -Kate