Gulp, sigh some of us haven’t even taken off our Halloween make-up off completely and we are already looking at posts for getting a jump on holiday shopping……sigh, Oh yeah, almost forgot…November 1st marks the unstoppable march towards the holidays … It’s supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ but the truth of the matter is that for may American families, the holiday season is one big giant stress fest.
And rest assured, we will all start seeing the well-meaning posts online about how to keep it simple and let’s all go back to basics this year…blah blah blah, but the truth of the matter is, the majority of Americans will not be able to avoid the temptation to rush out (no matter what their bank accounts say) and buy the latest electronics, gadgets, and gift-wares. Even if you do sit this holiday season out and side step the mindless consumerism, chances are you will be caught in at least one, if not many traffic jams due to the holiday shoppers. Holiday stress is unavoidable. It’s a fact.
Some Owls are going to sit it out this year- and truthfully, probably in part, not so much out of principle, but because many just can’t afford to run out and buy everything in sight this holiday season. And that’s ok. It’s still all good, so as trite as it sounds, keep it simple. And if you are one of the few who prefers to curl up with a good book on the weekend instead of joining the crazed throngs at the mall- you are not alone.