Friday, December 5, 2008

Oh, hey there God, it's me, Megan.

Warning: The following post may be a bit too "Andy Rooney" for some readers.

My head hurts from a combination of chronic sinus problems (thanks mom and dad's genes) and an apparent reaction to the onslaught of "The Holidays". Despite evidence to the contrary, I'm more than willing to celebrate the birth of Jesus as it is conveniently scheduled around Winter Solstice and Saturnalia. I'm also a true believer in that other Christmas - the secular one that involves lights, sparkly things, time with family, chestnuts roasting, shopping, all that shit. But, this "Holiday Season" started out sour for America in general. It seems that the current recession has stirred some consumers into a saving frenzy, a frenzy that actually killed a man in Long Island. Yet another reason why I consistently steer clear of Walmart.

The need to boost the economy is apparent, and in order to afford gifts this year, shoppers had to start early to hit the sales, right? Husband and I have been slowing picking up little things here and there since October as we do not have the cash this year to shop in a more carefree style. This lethal consumerism makes me want to buy a nativity scene, no wait; it makes me want to make my own nativity scene. That's what it's all about right? Huh, come to think of it, I actually possess the artisan skills to do so.

Not sure if I would go for the lawn scale nativity scene or coffee table version.

But, what bothers me the most is the quality of gifts Americans end of giving each other. Nothing says, "Peace on Earth" like a really big television that you got on super sale. Or, what better way to express, "Happy birthday, baby Jesus!" than with diamonds or a sexy Santa outfit? At least these are the objects that TV commercials lead me to believe that my fellow Americans are exchanging. I myself have used and been the beneficiary of the wondrous Amazon Wish List and while it's extremely convenient for both giver and receiver, I can't help but feel like I'm cheating the Christmas Spirit every time I add something I really want or buy a gift for someone I have no clue what to get them otherwise. I love getting gift cards, but rarely find myself purchasing them for others. I think that partly because it's a bit lazy but mostly because I don't want folks to know how little I'm able to spend on them. (I know, I could get even Rooney-er here.)

So, this year I'm struggling. I'm struggling to save money, yet still shop; feel that certain Christmas feeling despite all the commercialism; and look past all the terrible things going on in the world just long enough to see that there is good out there somewhere (and maybe even Santa Claus, heck maybe even Jesus.) Because when it comes down to it, I don't believe that Linus and the gang could have made that sad tree look the way it did at the end of that particular special. And I guess that's the big conundrum.

P.S. -

Why has the Garfield Christmas special been absent from TV for so many years? I remember it being pretty good, yet I'm not motivated enough to petition CBS to bring it back.

This is just Part 1, you can catch the conclusion on YouTube. I haven't seen this since 1987 and it's just a shot in the dark, but I believe in the end Garfield embraces the true meaning in Christmas.