Yeah, yeah, we're all in the mood to write grand posts of thanks -- and surely, I have lots to be grateful for. However, in the spirit of the great contrarian, I share 7 things that get my goat this time of year...
- Black Thursday Evening. -- What the heck? Why can't people stay home and off the roads just one day a year? Do we always have to buy, buy, buy? I am proud to say that I have never shopped on Black Friday and have no intention of fighting crowds at Walmart. Ever.
- Christmas songs on the radio -- I kid you not, one of our local stations started playing Christmas music the day after Halloween. By the time the 25th of December rolls around, no wonder grandma gets run over by a reindeer! In fact, I think think I might just throw myself in front of a reindeer to get a pair of those Christmas Shoes (If Mama Meets Jesus Tonight!)
- Traffic -- Anyone ever try to take Route 95 anywhere along the Eastern states during the holiday season? What is already a mess is even worse with overstuffed revellers and frantic seasonal shoppers!
- Dry Skin -- Yes, admit it. This time of year we're all inside more often than not, and the heat is on. That means flaky skin. Loofahs and a good moisturizer and you'll look and feel better!
- Unseasonably Warm Weather - For some reason, we're still getting dry skin even though the weather seems to fluctuate between tropical and freezing this time of year. That means that any flu or cold germ that we meet feels like we are perfect hosts. Plus, the ticks are still alive. Nothing worse than picking out a tick from your cat's fur in late November in Syracuse.
- Post Election Talking Heads - The election was over weeks ago. And yet they are still dissecting why the other guy won. Get over it. Move on. Talk about the economy. The one that has to improve so that we can all afford to pay our credit card bills come January.
- Holiday Advice in Fashion Magazines - So this may sound petty, but I'm tired of all the seasonal advice. My lastest Fashion Mag of the Month has 31 different hairstyles, clothes and makeup for all the upcoming parties for all the days in December! I don't think I've ever been invited to 31 parties this time of year much less attended that many. And I know I'm not alone! Stop it, you're giving me a complex! And I'm equally sick of seeing gift ideas that start at $1500 on up for "your best friend." Unless this is targeted to Hollywood starlets, Wall St. wives and Oprah -- let's be a little more realistic, shall we?
I am grateful for an amazing group of friends and family. And especially for those who are too far away to see regularly. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection -- and not just the one in the mirror! With wine glass raised, I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving.