Tis’ the Season

It is the time of the year when the holidays come back to back to back. Are you wondering if your sanity will be intact by the end of the season? Observing the myriad of shoppers and the plethora of grocery store promotions, one wonders if the season preparations are worth the hype.
The unofficial fall/winter holiday season starts with the pumpkins and candy. I am sure that the dentists and candy manufacturers invented this holiday. They needed to replenish their bank accounts after the summer vacation season. Don’t believe the ‘usual’ roots of this tradition. It is all hogwash.

Next we celebrate the Feast of Thanksgiving here in the United States. Now I know for sure that between this and the entire holiday season, the gyms, and the diet companies up their stock at this point in the game. I find that spending 1 week prepping, cooking, cleaning, and getting ready for this huge meal only to eat your meal within an hour is a bit of overkill. I always hear the same thing during this holiday, ‘if you are going to cook a turkey, you might as well buy the biggest one you can find!’ I fall in to that trap every year. If you really wish to add stress to the Thanksgiving holiday, you get to go out the next day and shop at 3 am. On the other hand, it could be a good thing; maybe you can shop away those calories eaten the day before.

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many people find themselves in a whirlwind of activity for their respective holidays. Regardless of what you celebrate, if at all, you are stuck trying to complete the every week tasks of grocery shopping and perhaps some other needs. Ringing bells, holiday music, and sparkling lights flood our senses. Aromatic baking and food preparation infiltrate every olfactory nerve within radius.
Moms truly know the reasons for this ‘sensory overload.’ It is about the family, the kids, and the memories. The smiles on their faces tell you that it is all worth it.

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