Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Black Friday!!!

It's great to be in the States for Thanksgiving...although we're not really celebrating with traditional American food - well, we had a chance to do that on Tuesday, as the Lab where Ralph works had organized a feast for all "homeless" employees, i.e. people from abroad or far from their families.

Today is Black Friday, the first shopping day after Thanksgiving and unofficial beginning of the Christmas season.

Why, did the shopping ever had a break?Or were Christmas ornaments not in the stores before Thanksgiving?

Mhhh...mysteries I would never really understand.

Note that in Europe it wouldn't be much different: you might find Christmas items in September and then at the end of November you can start the celebration with the Advent Countdown.

It all makes me feel like the Grinch. And not because I don't like Christmas!
On the contrary: I like neon lights and the tree and those wonderful polish glass balls not to mention the presents and wrappings around presents or my favorite food on a neat table with the best cutlery BUT it would be easier if I could enjoy one thing at a time, if you know what I mean.
I am still eating my pumpkin pie and someone is already feeding me the Xmas lunch, I just can't take it, that's way too much.

Last year I was pregnant and had few energies for my daughter, but I had some time and decided to prepare an Advent Calendar with a small present every day starting December 1st until December 25th. It was nice to wrap small things she might need for the winter, some small toys or just craft bonuses like baking cookies together or making small photo-albums with pictures of her (we usually upload pics and seldom print them).
It was kind of "for her before she realizes mom won't have so much time after Xmas" - baby Bastian was due on January 4th, but I knew he would arrive not much later than Santa.

Anyway, this year I am so tired of Xmas already and she kind of has anything, I can hardly think about 24 presents. Of course I have some, but I never have the time and the privacy to wrap them all. I should have begun with the wrapping in August...
So, let me feel like the Grinch!

The Grinch hated Christmas! The Whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

From How The Grinch Stole Christmas © 1957 by Dr. Seuss

You know the story?You want to know how it ends?
This could be, by the way, a nice gift for both children and grown-ups..
Books are always a good option.


alessia salvalaio said...

anche a me piace il natale (ma nn la biancheria intima comprata dalla sonia, quella no!) ieri però a mestre un operaio si stava giocondo l'osso del collo per appendere le luminarie in corso del popolo :((

mari said...

se fosse per me avrebbe fatto la fame, invece ha case e stracase grazie alle mutande con i merletti e ai push-up.
Per niente fa Beato di cognome....

Peró lavora anche un sacchissimo e quindi va bene.

Le morti nere, questo é un altro tema scottante...perché l'operaio non aveva le protezioni come i giocatori di rugby???
Siamo un paese avanzato, nel senso che siamo un avanzo da dare al gatto. Scuserá Oscar.