Oh how I love Christmastime! Ever since I was a little kid, and even now when I am often surrounded by holiday curmudgeons.
I was thinking about it the other day, and realized that I love reading and/or hearing about Christmas or holiday parties. The special foods, clothes, decorations, all sound so festive and fun.
And then I realized - I never really go anywhere during Christmastime anymore. When both of us had regular, Monday through Friday, 9-5 jobs, we always made it a point to do at least one "Christmas" thing every year - i.e., a concert, a tour. It was fun, and really added to the celebration. We also used to go to midnight Mass, which seemed so magical. Occasionally, we would actually be invited to a party, or a dinner, and once or twice even hosted one ourselves.
Then The Tim got laid off from his "regular" job, and ended up working in retail. Which was great, since we both need to work, and as it turns out, he's really good at it. But it means our Christmastime events calendar is greatly reduced. Not just that he has to work evenings and weekends, but since he was promoted a few years ago, he has to work six shifts a week during the two weeks before Christmas. So it's hard to do anything extra, because even if our schedules can be worked out, he is just so tired. Which is 100% understandable. And we don't go to midnight Mass anymore, because no place around here does it anymore. Plus, he works on Christmas Eve, usually getting home around 8:00 p.m., and we would rather have a nice Christmas Eve dinner and relaxing evening.
I'm not complaining, though I do miss a lot of it. But the thing that is weird, is that I still love the idea of buying a new lipstick, or pair of shoes, or something that is special to wear for Christmas - which of course, is funny, because I don't have any place special to wear those things!
As a matter of fact, today I was reading a magazine, and saw a blazer-type jacket with just a few sparkles here and there (I don't know if it was sequined, of if they were something else), and I thought, "Oh wouldn't that be fun to have!" And it probably would, but *where* would I wear it????!!!
So for now, I will enjoy my Christmastime social events vicariously, and save myself some money at the same time. Not really a bad deal, and since I am lazy, it's actually kind of win-win ... ;-)
Guess what? Only 19 days left!!!