'Tis the Season
To annoy me with waaaaay premature Christmas displays. I swear it's earlier every year. Next year you can expect the lights and songs to start at Labor Day. Do the retailers think that we don't know Christmas is coming? I have no chubby goose to say so, but don't think I'm not totally aware. I.LOVE.CHRISTMAS. OK, maybe not as much as the Radko Queen or Ms. HG, but they're crazy. ;) And if you want a jumpstart on holiday planning, visit Figgy Pudding, the aforementioned ladies will have you wrapped and bowed by Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I think I'm especially annoyed by the shoving of Christmas down my throat because it distracts from my absolute favorite time of the year, Autumn. Granted, this October has been wet and dreary, but generally speaking, it's the best time of year in Missouri. Fall brings with it wonderful things: apple pies, hearty soups and stews simmering on the stove all day, winter squash, turkey dinner, um wait, I swear it's not ALL about the food. There's also the changing of the leaves, the temperate days and cool nights, FOOTBALL (though my Bucs are an utter disappointment), and of course the beginning of the holiday season, starting with a long time favorite, Halloween.
I'm a sucker for Halloween, and amazingly it isn't all about the candy, I love to dress up. For weeks and weeks beforehand I'm racking my brain to come up with theee perfect costume. I don't like run of the mill, though I have resorted to being a vamp or witch, I generally like using current events or circumstance to create a costume. One year I was a ValueJet stewardess that crawled out of the swamp. While pregnant with DB, I donned pjs, curlers, grayed my hair and pinned a doll to my leg and wore another in a front carrier (and my big belly stuck out) "Me in 10 yrs". Last year, preggo with GB, I was "the Grim Reaper-ducer". The only year I got BWB to dress up, we were Poseidon and Amphitrite, but he hated every second of it.
This will be the first year in a while that I don't dress. I am lame. Now, I just have to live vicariously through my kids. Though, I'm not very creative with them. DB has been a dino the past two years, and this year will be a pirate. GB will wear a pumpkin sleeper and little pumpkin hat. Boring, but they'll be cute damnit.
So have a fun and safe Halloween. And if perchance you live in Tampa, go to Guavaween and get rip roaring drunk for me!