Christmas, to some, can seem like murder…so I wrote, “How To Get Away With Christmas” https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/22/how-to-get-away-with-christmas/ and thought, it’s just as relevant as then, maybe more so…why not share it again (with some updates). Personally, I don’t recommend murder or trying to get away with murder, it might be a hit show (does Shonda Rhimes have any other kind? https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/10/19/greys-anatomy/), but in reality, it’s probably just as dramatic but a lot messier and just an awful thing to do, at any time of the year. I triple dog dare you to read this and to not kill anyone (ever). I’m writing a new post (this has all happened before and it will all happen again https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/30/hello-its-me/), but life jumped in and stomped on my fingers, laptop, neighbourhood (not necessarily in that order), and to be perfectly honest, I’ve also been distracted by cheesy Christmas movies – I keep trying to get away, but they keep pulling me back in. No, I won’t apologize, if loving cheesy Christmas movies is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Enjoy!
Christmas is a time of cheer…right?
Yet during the
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Social Wealth everywhere – everything from:
Family dinners, dinner parties, Christmas parties, drinks with friends, hugging, skating in pairs, walking together looking at lights, horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides (with a cozy plaid blanket and hot cider/hot chocolate), Secret Santa and gift exchanges, spontaneous snowballs fights, snuggling in front of a roaring fire, shopping montages, eating roasted chestnuts, and of course, the classic, people running into the arms of loved ones at airports…
But what if those things aren’t in your life?
Social media holiday barrage: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TV, movies, Google+, MySpace (kidding, just wanted to see if you were paying attention) – all bursting with shiny images of happy people enjoying the holidays together. Plus Christmas FOMO (Fear of Missing Out, Christmas-style) and anticipointment (trademark?). It can be overwhelming yet it’s only a day, like any other.
So if you find yourself less-than-surrounded by family and friends during the holidays, try to:
1. Marathon your way through the season, which apparently now begins in July with brief visits from other holidays. Don’t limit yourself to Christmassy stuff…be glad you’re not invited to a Game of Thrones Christmas party (really); see who survived (Christmas) on The Walking Dead; try to figure out what they’re cooking on Breaking Bad; or catch up with Mrs. Brown’s Boys (Dear Santa, I can explain…). Soon it will be January (sorry, I skipped ahead, was I wrong in assuming you don’t have anyone for New Year’s Eve either?)…then you’ll have a few brief weeks to recover before the Valentine’s Day trauma begins.
2. Gently ‘add’ yourself to someone else’s Christmas, or add someone to yours.
3. Find dating sites/apps and go on a holiday dating spree! Eggnog your way through stories about his/her ex, mom, ex’s mom, work, football, baseball, hockey, fashion, cars…Who knows, maybe you’ll find a Christmas miracle?
4. Adjust your expectations. Social media is one long high school reunion. Everyone is wearing their best outfit, just lost weight, and sharing only highlights of their life. Blah blah wow, grow up.
5. Read, write, blog, sing, bake, work, clean, declutter, exercise, sleep, go to a movie…flashback to the 70s – dance, wear turtlenecks, bellbottoms, ponchos, and go see Star Wars (or not). It’s all good.
6. Have a Single Christmas Party (not for singles, just you, be your own party!).
7. Ignore the season, the gaudy decorations, the commercialism, multiple Santas in multiple malls (unless you work there, try to stay out of the malls altogether), and create a Michael-Bublé-Bing-Crosby-Burl-Ives-free #safespace (you’ll thank me later).
8. Start a new tradition with yourself or others, hopefully one that doesn’t involve eating your feelings (and don’t forget, make them legal traditions).
9. Help others this season – the best way to keep your mind off your problems is to help others with their problems.
10. Under no circumstances drink too heavily – that could lead to calling, texting, or emailing an ex; or watching other people having family time, especially through their windows. Though oddly specific, it’s good advice.
It’s not about what you have, what you get, or even who you’re with…this season is about anything being possible.
Want to know how to get away with Christmas? Simple, enjoy the season, but also enjoy each and every day of your life – not the way everyone tells you is enjoyable, but the way you enjoy it (except murder, don’t do that, or lying, cheating, raping, sexual harassing, bullying…know what, just try to do good stuff).
I triple dog dare you. And Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals…
via How To Get Away With Christmas