Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm not normal...

It must've been a week or so ago when I was thinking about the posts people make about their quirks/weirdness's. I wanted to write one but I could only think of a few random things that really seem insignificant. My Spanish accent that I throw around from time to time, and then the fact that I don't like to brush my teeth in front of people. I tried thinking of others, but really who needs all the details. I then realized something more today. Just mostly how I'm different than lots of people. Not all, but lots of people. There may be a few who share this in common with me. It is the beginning of December. Christmas is fast approaching us. Some have looked forward to Christmas since we ended it last year and have been decorating since shortly after Halloween. This enthusiasm for Christmas is something I DO NOT SHARE with most of the rest of my culture. I just wanted to let that be known. I am not a Scrooge. I appreciate Christ and the role he has played in humanity and in my life specifically. The hype of the season though...decorating, eating lots, being around lots of people in the name of the season. Eh, just not my thing. Don't get me wrong, I love to drive around and look at lights, but the stress of having to decorate your own home by a certain date and time and pull the boxes out and make a mess and blah blah blah. And put on a happy face becuase its what you are suppossed to do. I would really rather not. The whole concept of trying so hard to figure out what everyone wants and going out of your way and into debt to get it. BLAH. I'd rather have a more simplistic Christmas season. Make something or do something nice. Maybe its just that I don't like elaborate things. (half excited and half not excited for the formal dance on friday) I don't know why I've always been like this. I'm sure in my childhood I've always enjoyed getting presents and Santa and all that but somewhere in my growing up I've changed. I've had more bad Christmases than good in recent times. Not to mention my birthday is coming up. (December 9Th). I, for some reason used to get super annoyed at my mom for decorating for Chritmas before my birthday. I'm over that now, thank-good-ness. Maybe its just cause I don't live with my parents anymore. So just wanted to let you know this so you don't wonder why there aren't any gushy posts about how much I love the holiday season.

Thanksgiving went by semi unnoticed to me. We ate. We watched football. I read. We slept. No leftovers for me. I didn't gorge myself on anything at all. It was fun to be at my brothers house. I stayed the night to babysit while my brother and his wife shopped the next day. If I never have to go out on that day I would appreciate it too. So that's just how things have been for me. I like to keep it low key. Makes life easier.

Well tomorrow is a big day for me and I'm trying to avoid the stress that keep creeping up on me about getting in last minute study time to pass my exam... I better go finish taking care of things around my house and then go enjoy FHE tonight with the singles. Then I'll be up at probably 4 am and drive to Columbus in the morning. Its going to be a realllllyyyy long day. In fact...a really long week/month/rest of the year.

5 comments:

Averi said...

Beth, girl, you are great! I love to hear different people's perspective on things. And you actually made me laugh a little about it. In some ways, I completely agree with you. The older we get, the less magic Christmas seems to have, and a lot of people get hyped up for all the wrong reasons. I do love Christmas, but the last couple years have been really rough for me. So I understand where you are coming from for sure.

Zak and Allysia said...

Good luck on your exam! I like low key Christmas's, too...

jennifer said...

I am doing things very simple for Christmas this year. I made that decision a few days ago (I am usually one of those crazy people who is running around decorating, baking and shopping like there's no tomorrow) and I can already feel the spirit of the season more...

Here's to a peaceful Christmas, focusing on Christ!

Cheryl said...

Hey Beth,
I agree that Christmas shouldn't be about all that craziness. It is wild that decorations are up just after Halloween! But I do love this time of year despite the mania that others (and the media) seem to create. Hope yours is simple and Christ filled and Happy!

anonymuschicken said...

" I, for some reason used to get super annoyed at my mom for decorating for Christmas before my birthday."

And yet you still couldn't follow the "no Christmas wrapping paper at the December birthdays party" rule.