You know what? I am totally in the Christmas spirit. And it's November 7th. How did this come to be? Do i just love Christmas? yes, i do. But is that the only reason?
Every year it seems like shops and stores start pulling out the Christmas decor earlier and earlier and people gripe about it, saying Halloween is barely over, what the hey. There seems to be some unwritten rule that the Christmas celebration can't begin until Dec. 1st. I am one who really dislikes the uber-commercialism of Christmas and how kids are getting more and more spoiled. It makes me have small internal freak-out moments where i just want to pack up, move to the woods, and give my kids oranges and wooden trains for Christmas. Yet at the same time, Christmas in NY is really magical and the stores decorate so beautifully and, ok, I really love giving people things so I guess in a small hypocritical way, i, too, get swept up in it all.
And now that I realize that i'm feeling Christmasy before the shops have really started decorating, I wonder: does this mean i've beaten the commercialism? or have I let it totally grab hold of ME. So much so that this year, I want to begin before it really has, technically. But see, ok, yes, I want to go Christmas shopping and buy everything I see, but I also want to sing the Christmas songs and make some Christmas cookies, donate some clothes, and go get a tree. That's not bad, right? I think i talked about giving in there somewhere. That's a good thing. I haven't completely been sucked in the commercial aspect of it, have I? have I??
Ok, I just got an idea.
GOAL: i vow to you this day, that for every salvation army bell-ringer and bucket that i pass this holiday season, i will donate some money. Every single one. And i will document how i feel about it, if it alters my Christmas shopping habits or makes any difference at all. We will call this Operation: Jen is not a greedy little elf, or Operation: JINGLE. And we shall see. Oh yes. We shall see.
(should i keep track of how much i donate? or does that totally defeat the purpose. Should i give a certain amount every time? what are the parameters here? maybe i should set some. thoughts?)