Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Christmas Experiment

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?)

9 comments:

Joel said...

No to the quantifying. The focus is on the intent, not the execution. But I would like a running tally of the total donations.

Brooke said...

Um, no, I don't think you need to keep track. Just give what you got when yo're in the moment. And, of course, let us know how it goes. I'll do the same.

Oh, wait, there are no Salvation Army folk around here. Never mind. :)

Sean said...

I think you keep track of the number of times you donate... BUT instead of donating money- throw in paperclips or tic tacs or beans, something that looks or sounds like money but isn't, and then if the S.A. ringers notice, we'll see if they are the real greedy elves. That'll show 'em.

Jen said...

ha ha. yeah, and if they notice and get mad i can yell back, "What!! who couldn't use a tic tac?? I know YOU could! MERRY CHRISTMAS!" and then swat at his bucket and make it tip over and dump everything out as i stomp off.

one more thing: BEANS! oh man, sean. i laugh...

wait, ok. so i will keep track of how many i donate to. And, do i donate to each bucket i pass? like, what if i pass the same one in a day, do i donate again?

Scoresbys said...

acronyms: how do you feel about them? They're ubiquitous. See, you really do use high school vocabulary words in real life. Don't you think it's funny when you see an organization's acronym and it's really cute but doesn't even come close to explaining in a meaningful or even coherent way what they do or what they represent. But they've got a cute acronym! Now your acronym is in a different class entirely. I mean, perfectly descriptive plus the cute factor. You could market your acronym creation skills.

Jen said...

I really really like acronyms. yeah, it's lame when people's/a business' acronym makes no sense or doesn't offer any insight as to what its purpose is.

What irks me more is when people take already existing acronyms, particularly those having to do with their business, and make them into a different one. I'm talking to you, NYPD! they have CPR on the sides of their cars. Courtesy, Professionalism, & Respect. Boooo!

The Hughes' said...

I just think it's a good idea. The whole thing, beans and all. HA! I'm be expecting updates...this should be good.

The Hughes' said...

I meant, I'll be, not I'm be...I'm not a pirate. AH HAHHA

Jen said...

ha ha. i didn't even notice. I'm be. I think it's because i live in a neighborhood full of Caribbeans who kind of talk like that. just kidding. And there's your racial stereotype of the day.