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“Jesus is the Reason for the Season!”  Sometimes, though, we get tied up in the stress of the season, so I offer you a little Christmas gift… a lighter side… poking a little fun at ourselves.  Hope you enjoy it!

Well, with all of the holiday stress upon us, and the “hustle and bustle” of the season – I thought I might try to lighten your load a bit and bring a smile to your face by sharing a few crazy holiday traditions and contemplations. 

Sit down, take off your shoes and get cozy in front of the fire…. Take a load off – My goodness, you need a break!

  • Now, I ask you, in what other culture do we take children to sit on a strange man’s lap (AKA Santa) who happens to be dressed in red, so we can get a holiday picture of our kids freaking out?

 

kleiner Nikolaus

 

  • And what about Black Friday shopping? Have you seen the video footage on the news?  Whoever thought it was a good idea to let lunatic women with huge handbags through the doors of a store at oh-so-dark-o’clock in the morning?  Obviously, whoever thought of it must have been insane!  After putting up with cooking endlessly for a crowd of people, putting up with comments like “Is there more gravy?  The turkey is a little dry”, it is no wonder there are injuries and deaths as these women try to push their way, 16-women-wide, through department stores doors made for a max of 4 people.  They need a healthier way to get rid of that pent up Thanksgiving cooking stress!! 

 

Motion blurred pedestrians in stairs

 

  • And what about having to practically take out a second mortgage just to buy your kids some gifts from “Santa”? I mean, really, I will be the first to admit we went “overboard” a couple of years when the kids were younger… but I mean – is that really what the true meaning of Christmas is? 
  • And why do we not let Santa leave coal (or as some of us say, rocks and sand) in their stockings if the kids were behaving badly in the time leading up to Christmas? Who knows, had we followed through, there might be such a thing as honest, kind adults who become politicians! 
  • And egg nog… what is that really? Anything that looks like an old vanilla milkshake that has been sitting out on the counter for 5 days and needs alcohol to make it drinkable was probably questionable from the start!  But with enough rum or brandy, no one really cares if it tasted questionable to start with, right?
  • And what about all the candy, nuts, cookies and pastries that are brought as “gifts” by vendors and salespeople into the office? I mean, I am not complaining – other than the fact DO I LOOK LIKE I NEED TO GAIN 10 POUNDS over the holidays?  (And, yes, again yet another reason I am delighted I work from home.)  

 

Closeup of pies and cookies for a Thanksgiving Day feast desserts. Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, oatmeal raisin and indian corn adorn the table.

 

  • And, I ask you, HOW many different TV movie versions can they possibly make of “All I Want for Christmas?.” I mean, I like to watch a handful of Christmas movies in the few weeks leading up to Christmas, but, I kid you not, my husband, Michial, has taped no less than 30 Christmas movies in the past two weeks alone!  By the time Christmas Eve gets here, I will have watched enough movies to last me through the next Christmas!    
  • Then the inevitable Christmas party attire. I would ask my best co-workers and girlfriends what they are going to wear to the party, and they would say “festive but not real dressy.”  Well, it was easy for them to say.  They were mostly petite, attractive women.  And I would think to myself later, “Well, I am going to have to wear whatever FITS!!!”  Being a larger gal – sure enough – two years in a row – I picked out lavender, purple colored outfits.   Nice outfits, but definitely not the usual green and red cute little sweater with reindeers skipping across the front.  Now, what I COULD fit into were the colorful dangly Christmas-tree earrings – you know one-size fits all!!  (And I have never asked another woman, or Michial for that matter, “Hey, do these Christmas-tree earrings make my butt look fat?”)

 

Woman smiling with red balls earrings dressed for Christmas

 

  • And then we have the “ugly sweater” party. Those oh so cute babes in those “ugly” sweaters… you know the 5’ 5 inch tall, long blonde hair, 110 pound princess, wearing a beautiful sweater and a cute red Santa hat!  I mean, it’s not like I wouldn’t like a pretty Christmas sweater, it’s just I can’t usually find one that FITS me.  Oh how very Merry Christmasie… I think I will go spike the holiday punch now and serve myself a few glasses.  (No offense, but if the elves stuffed her full of holiday candies and cookies, I think I would enjoy it … even more so after some more spiked holiday punch – lol!)

 

cheerful cute couples holding red presents and smiling

 

Life is too short… enjoy the special moments at the holidays.  Watching the kids and grandkids opening presents around the Christmas tree, counting all of our blessings, a special meal with your family….. reflecting that the Savior was born for you and I, and remember – Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

God Bless!

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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36 Comments

  • Love these. We might as well embrace the goofy traditions, God wouldn’t have given us a sense of humor if he hadn’t intended us to use it. Merry Christmas!

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – thanks Robbie! I think we could all use a little chuckle and a smile after the hustle and bustle of the season! Yes, I definitely can’t get by without a sense of humor! 🙂

  • Sabrina Fox says:

    Haha! I love these. You are hilarious. I love looking a pictures of babies freaking out on Santa’s laps and the Santa is just sitting there smiling. It’s creepily hilarious. I admit I participate in the ugly sweater party. As soon as it starts getting cold I throw on ridiculous sweaters and socks. Everyone makes fun of me for it, but I love it! Merry Christmas!

    • Clare says:

      I am so so glad you laughed and enjoyed these stories, Sabrina! I love ugly Christmas sweaters and you know – I actually need to get one – one of these next Christmases because I don’t have a good one anymore! Enjoy your Christmas! God Bless! 🙂

  • I laughed ruefully at your many valid points. The season really is out of control and we forget the real reason…

  • Bette Childress says:

    Clare, you are so funny. I do love your posts, and they are so true to life. Merry Christmas to you and your family and your adorable new grandson! Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.

    • Clare says:

      Bette, so glad you are enjoying the blog posts! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! And thanks – it is something special as we enter this new season in our lives with a new grandson!

  • Karen says:

    Wake-up call! Yes, we do have some crazy customs, and it’s good to laugh at ourselves. The older I get the less these things mean “Christmas ” to me. Family and friends celebrating Christ together is enough-too bad that we can’t get our kids to see that ? Merry Christmas to you, Clare, and thank you for the smiles!

    • Clare says:

      It is good to laugh are ourselves! I am so glad you stopped in and got some smiles, Karen! Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  • Hillary says:

    This made me laugh, a light gift just as you said it would be! Good job; Merry Christmas; and thank you for the cheer!

  • This made me chuckle!
    We don’t do Santa
    I don’t spend my money and credit a fat man
    We don’t do ugly sweaters
    We don’t do holiday parties
    My black Friday starts at 9am and I still get great deals and find lots of other friendly laid back shoppers like myself.
    I totally do eggnog all year long (w/o alcohol)
    I don’t have time for TV and movies.

    However… we do lots of fun with family, play games, stay up too late and eat more junk than one should in an entire year. 🙂

    I loved reading your post!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you shared your traditions – lots of other fun traditions out there for sure! And I am delighted that you have lots of fun with family and friends the entire year! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  • I’m definitely like your husband… I’ll take all of the Christmas movies I can get! But I totally get where you’re coming from. The real meaning gets lost. Regardless, I hope you have an incredible Christmas! 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – I enjoy the Christmas movies too, Julia, but I bet he has “taped” about 50 of them or so – but so true, often the real meaning of Christmas does get lost! I hope you have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas!

  • This made me laugh! The holidays can be such a crazy time, and we rush to do everything, and then miss out on fun times with loved ones! Great way to remind people what’s really important!

    • Clare says:

      Glad you laughed, Cianna! 🙂 Yes, I think we all need to slow down a bit and enjoy family time and remember what’s the most important! Merry Christmas!

  • Love this list! It certainly made me giggle thats for sure 🙂

    I love an ugly Christmas Sweater, I’m hoping for one under the tree this year!
    God bless you.

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

    • Clare says:

      So glad you giggled, Lottie! I love ugly Christmas sweaters, too, and I was just mentioning how I don’t have one in my closet and need to get one…at least next year if not this year! 🙂

  • My parents are super religious so a lot of this we didn’t do. We were taught “Jesus is the reason for the season” (I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard that phrase in my life. We never did the Santa thing. To be honest I am glad we didn’t, we got to focus on the real meaning and I didn’t have that “You’ve been lying to me all this time?!?!” moment lol

    • Clare says:

      That was a wonderful way to be brought up, Dia, to realize the true meaning of Christmas – that our Savior was born! Blessings to you and thanks for sharing your traditions! 🙂

  • Pam says:

    Hi Clare! Definitely some funny stuff! I do not own a Christmas Holiday sweater & don’t want to! LOL! I love Christmas, the lights, the decorations, how beautiful it all looks. Not thrilled about over spending or crowds of people or waiting in line. I hope you enjoy the season & have a very Merry Christmas with your family! And know that Jesus has blessed you in so many ways! Love you girl! ???♥️

    • Clare says:

      I have to admit – I love the “ugly” Christmas sweaters, tho! I love all the decorations, unfortunately the sweets and this festive time of year! Blessings to you and your family, too, Pam and Merry, Merry Christmas!

  • andi says:

    the whole Black Friday thing – i admit i was a part of it (I was at Macy’s in Brooklyn before 9AM that morning 😀 )

  • Clare says:

    Andi, most of us are right there with you!!!!! We’ve all done the “Black Friday” thing…. lots of good sales most of the time! Blessings and Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    What a great perspective…. made me laugh and reflect. Great article. Merry Christmas!

  • Sheila says:

    Thank You for the laughs….I always say Black Friday shopping is the first day of hunting season for women except we save the Bucks! However, being a larger gal myself, I was roaring about the work party….LOVE those earrings and your butt looks super with them…LOL Many Blessings and Merry Christmas!

    • Clare says:

      That is so so cute – “first day of hunting season” – love it! So so true! Ha ha – glad you like the earrings!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you, too!

  • Great post! I honestly love the random holiday traditions that we have but I also try to take time to remember the reason for the season.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Clare says:

      I am so glad your holiday traditions are special to you – I was raised with such wonderful and fond Christmas traditions – yes we all need to take time to remember the real reason for the season! Thanks!

  • Becki S says:

    This made me giggle! Just what I needed right before I get ready to suck it up and head down to the land of the in laws!

  • Thanks for the laughs. Although I feel your pain as a co-worker just offered me her french fries.

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