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Christmas Creep Confessional

Its-a-wonderful-life In theory, I am against the phenomenon known as "Christmas Creep." I don't think it's right that retailers keep pushing the beginning of the holiday shopping season earlier in the year as the economy gets shittier. I do think that we need to give each major holiday its due. However...

Its-a-wonderful-life This year, I am all about the holiday season and have been for awhile now. In fact, I broke down and watched my first Christmas movie of the season about a week before Halloween and that was after I expended all of my efforts to keep the end of December out of my head.

But this has been an exceptional year. And when I say, "exceptional," I mean, "Oh my fucking god you have got to be kidding me with this bullshit." Not just for me but for seemingly everyone I know and care about. And for whatever reason, I'm finding myself looking forward to Christmas way more as an adult than I think I ever did as a kid. Now it's not about all of the cool presents I'll get (though presents certainly help, boy howdy). It's about the symbolic end of a year, of a shitty time in life, and the promise of a new day. It's about being with the people who matter the most to me and not feeling guilty for taking time off to rest because everyone else is doing the same.

And with the year that we've had, I think this holiday season is shaping up to be totally fucking bad ass.

So, anyway, my indulgences so far have been one viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, a couple listens to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, Christmas with the Rat Pack, and A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, and one viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

And let me tell you, in light of all of the aforementioned life nonsense, It's a Wonderful Life packs a pretty big gut-punch from my current perspective. I've always liked that movie, but now, as a bumbling adult, wife, mother, etc., the tears flow freely from start to finish.

I see so much of myself in George Bailey. And there are so many Mr. Potters, so many scurvy little spiders in the world, that seeing any form of redemption and renewal, even if it is fictional, makes my heart swell so much.

Hearing George defend the working people of Bedford Falls against Mr. Potter's accusations that they are bad with money made me proud. Seeing George break down as his life falls apart was frighteningly familiar. Recognizing George's flaws and how they reflect my own was humbling. Realizing that, like George, I can not possibly be a failure because I have friends, people who care about me, gives me hope that I can't even begin to explain.


I wouldn't dismiss any accusations of the movie being overly sentimental, but I know that that's what I need right now.

How about you? Do you have any Christmas/Holiday creep confessions?







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bd

I admit it. I got out the Classical Christmas for Kids CD from the library a week ago and burned it and have been listening ever since. I also have been listening to the WOXY Holiday Mixer at http://www.woxy.com/holiday.php since it went up early this week. Not a true "creep" as it is still November, but yes, I did break my own tradition this year. Between layoffs and bad news this year, Christmas is sounding good. Oh, I already had some egg nog too.

rockle

i have already uploaded all of my christmas music (close to 3,000 tracks) onto my iPod and have been secretly listening to it in my car during the commute since, oh, AUGUST.

Sweetney

Umm you're gonna hate me, but this is exactly how I feel about It's A Wonderful Life:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/movies/19wond.html

Snarky Amber

I hate everything about Christmas and I hate this year and its ass face and I'm fast-forwarding to January, where I will likely have a nice soft room at the mental hospital and some totally sweet drugs. HUMBUG.

b

I won't celebrate Christmas until Advent officially starts. I want to give each holiday it's due. That isn't to say that I haven't had a peppermint mocha at Starbucks...

BaltimoreGal

I was never a fan of It's a Wonderful Life or Christmas Story. But lordy, I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

I also enjoy Home for the Holidays and Scrooged (dark, anyone?). I think the only traditional Christmas movie I'll sit through is George C. Scott's version of A Christmas Carol because my dad always loved it so. It's a little dark too, come to think of it.

Sharon

I can't get into the Christmas spirit any sooner than December 1st, but I'm really looking forward to it. It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favourite Christmas movies, and I can't wait to watch it. The line about "no man is a failure who has friends" makes me especially weepy. Love it!

Jessi

I love Christmas and all the schmaltz it brings. And yes, I do feel like I need it more this year than in any year past. Bring on the family, food, decorations, music, movies and tinsel. Drape me with tinsel and feed me bourbon balls. I'm ready to celebrate!

Darcey

The only reason I postpone celebrating Christmas is standing tradition from my birth... as a late November baby (today, being the actual day), my mom always promised that she wouldn't start decorating for Christmas until the day after my birthday - which would be exactly 1 month away.

But I honestly can't wait to start listening to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and picking out a Christmas tree for my house (the only year I'm allowing myself a real one, since it's a big deal for me).

BaltimoreGal

For all you Grinches this should help:
Patton Oswalt's take on "The Christmas Shoes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY

funda62

I confess I bought wrapping paper today and a few stocking stuffers. Oh I know it isn't a big deal to most but to me it is a sin. But I get a special dispensation this year because I'm having surgery on the 18 of December and want to make sure everything is safely bought and wrapped prior to that in case I am bed bound afterward.

heidi

I'm almost done my holiday shopping. Talk about creep.

Angela

My primary feeling during the Christmas season is guilt. (presents+cards+no money EVAR=guilt+working ass off to make something of nothing) So, I'm all about putting that off to the last minute so I can enjoy Thanksgiving.

Irma

Omigod, It's A Wonderful Life.... that shit is the bomb, always has been. For me, Chrsitmas doesn't even have permission to show up until I see it each year.

Then in early December four years ago, I had to rush my(then)55 year old Husbandly One to the hospital with abdominal pain.. doctors couldn't figure out what was going on at first, and only realized VERY late in the game that he had appendicitis (which is a disease of the young, apparently, not people approaching retirement, so they hadn't considered it in any meaningful way.) He was immediately rushed in to a surgery that saved his life.

Late that night, when I finally made it home, I turned on the TV and It's A Wonderful Life was on. I lost my shit spectacularly and completely, because, you know what? It IS a wonderful life.




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