It’s getting to be that time of year again. The air is getting cooler, the sun is setting in the middle of the afternoon, I’m no longer able to take Willow outside to potty in my sleeping shorts without fearing pneumonia or hypothermia. And holiday things are ALREADY in stores.
I went to the grocery store the day after Halloween, I kid you not, and there was already an entire aisle dedicated to plates for Santa’s cookies, mugs that are decorated in the classic red-and-white, boxes for packaging up holiday boxes of cookies and what have you lining the shelves. Christmas lights and baubles and wreaths and garlands galore. And (American) Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday season. It’s just so magical and cheerful that I don’t even really know what to do with myself most of the time. Dismissing the religious connotations (
cue angry BUT IT’S A CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY comments) the feeling behind it all just makes me feel so whole. It’s got this warm and fuzzy, hot chocolate and candy canes kind of feeling that I cannot get enough of. I’m already itching to decorate and the best part of it all is that Vinh has already said that he didn’t care if I decorated before Thanksgiving or not, bless him.
The negatives with the return of the holiday season is that I work in retail again. Pet retail, yes, but retail nonetheless. We had our first company send us holiday themed treats in October. At the end of the first week in November, we already had frilly and fluffy neck scrunchies decked with little bells to put over our pets heads that they will undoubtedly hate. We have little elf and Santa hats with elastics to turn our unassuming dog or cat into a holiday gremlin. And don’t let me forget about the pet friendly PSL’s and eggnog mixes that we have started getting in. As much as humans love the holidays, they love imposing those holidays on our pets, who don’t know what it all is and couldn’t really care less.
I’m excited for this holiday, I’m not going to lie. It’s the second holiday season Vinh and I are spending together, it’s Maui’s first holiday, and Willow is always excited because she gets untold treats and yummies. Now all that’s left is to avoid spending all of my money on holiday things I don’t need.