Too Soon?

Christmas. I don’t know why it is on people’s front lawns and in stores already. Holly in bloom, wreaths, and Starbucks has the red cups out – sure signs that Christmas is on its way.

I am not ready for Christmas.

Annie is asking me when can we put up the decorations and can we get a tree and Santa is a good guy, mommy. I want to keep Christmas in the boxes in my attic this year.

I love Christmas. I love the festivities, the hot chocolate, the driving around and looking at houses aglow, the decorating, making lists, the baked goods, photos with Santa, and the red cups. I love the red cups. But, it is all too soon for me this year. Christmas is rushing at me and I want to curl up in bed and take a long nap.

There is something wrong with me, right?

Maybe it’s depression ushered in by the season. Like temporary insanity I have temporary depression. Some kind of seasonal sadness….but I don’t think that’s it. I think I am just not ready. I like to be prepared. I want to take Christmas in and enjoy it. I’m bowled over by it right now. I realize it is only the middle of November, but I am bowled over. Christmas is everywhere and I’m being dragged into it. My friends are halfway through their lists and some have completed their lists and wrapped their presents….ahem…Lesley.

I’ve read about this resistance to Christmas on some of your blogs too. I am not alone in my too soon? The blogger of Teal Town has chosen to embrace the season even if it has come too early and I admire her for it. I think I will take my cue from her. Instead of fighting the season I’m going to take the high road. Instead of freaking out and being riddled with anxiety I’m going to let it in lists and all. And the red cups. Did I mention the red cups? I’ll take those too. I am not pulling out the Christmas CDs yet (are people kidding me with that?) and maybe I’ll give early Christmas a big hug and a smooch too.

Swept Up


In Starbucks Christmas (red) Cups

I don’t know what it is about them, but they can melt the grinchiest heart.

21 thoughts on “Too Soon?

  1. Anonymous

    I think that is why I always shop so early- otherwise it’s too overwhelming- it just comes at you and then it’s over and it’s January…a depressing month. If my shopping is out of the way- then I can relax more- and enjoy all the other magnificent things about christmas- with a red cup in hand of course!!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Annie said “Santa is a good guy, Mommy”!! that is priceless ! How can you not believe her??!!!

  2. Lesley

    How did you know? I actually did some wrapping yesterday…LOVED IT! want to just buy more stuff so I can wrap and then RIP it off.

  3. Heidi

    anonymous, it’s smart (to do the shopping early) and in the end probably waaay less overwhelming. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Soon though…soon.

    lesley, hahaha……of course you did!

  4. Jodi

    I smiled when I got my first Red cup. Probably the first Christmas thing that made me smile this year. There is no pressure with a red cup….but flyers and flyers of items to choose from brings on the stress.

    After reading your blog Heidi I take back my question of whether you want to have Christmas dinner at your place this year. Pretend I never mentioned it 🙂

  5. Tooj

    Hi, I’m clicking through from Dry as Toast. I’m with you on the Christmas “too soon” blues. I know exactly where my Bah Humbugness comes from, but it’s too lengthy to get into here in a comment. Suffice it to say I have to try very, very hard for my children. I’m getting better each year. As my hubs says, “fake it ’til you make it.”

  6. dawn

    i hear you heidi. i really don’t want to celebrate holidays until it’s their time. and i resent the retailers that push christmas on us during the month of september. even our radio stations here have been playing christmas music for the last few weeks. i’m prepared to embrace christmas a little later, but let’s get through thanksgiving first……

  7. Heidi

    jodi, Christmas dinner? I don’t know what you’re talking about. 😉

    tooj, hello! This season can be tough when there’s a lot going on personally….I hope things get better for you.

    dawn, I think that’s what makes me crazy. The retailers forcing Christmas on me. I want to be all, oh, I’m pleasantly surprised by Christmas. But, no, it’s all carols and fake puffy snowmen.

    The red cups. They will get you every time.

  8. sugarlens

    The local radio station just announced this morning that they will be playing Christmas music 24-7 starting this FRIDAY! Too early! Usually they wait until after T’giving to do that, but given that T’giving is so late this year, they are starting early.

    I, for one, won’t be thinking about Christmas until after my turkey dinner.

  9. tanya

    When Christmas stuff starts appearing in stores in August? That’s TOO EARLY. It kills off the potentially fun part of Christmas by the time it arrives because I am so done with it all.

    And the stupid people playing Christmas carols at the beginning of November? They can kiss my ‘donkey’.

  10. Kate Coveny Hood

    Generally – I’m not ready to think about the Christmas season until Thanksgiving is over…But I ordered my first egg nog latte at Starbuck today! So I guess I’m in…

  11. Live More Now (LMN)

    Down with shopping this year – in our family we have all agreed not to give any gifts, but just to spend time together, which we always do. But the pressure of no shopping is amazing. AND I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS. Especially the RED, and the glow of little lights, and the SMELL of wonderful things including spices, so it’s mostly the FEEL and the WARMTH and the DECORATING that I love. So I totally support welcoming that part in. But DOWN with shopping! 🙂

  12. Isabella Snow

    Hmmm… Christmas. I might want a real tree this year.. it would be my first one! First year Starbucks is over here as well, maybe I will have to get a hot chocolate in one of those cups!

  13. Heidi

    sugarlens, our Thanksgiving is over already. Us Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, so I guess it’s a free for all for the retailers now.

    tanya, donkey. ha!

    kch, starbucks does come out with the good drinks this time of year. I am really into the salted caramel hot chocolate right now.

    lmn, that is a GREAT idea about the gifts. It would ease the pressure of it all although I really love shopping and finding the perfect gift for someone. Yours sounds like a very cozy Christmas.

    isabella, your first tree?! Yes! You have to get a tree! Try the salted caramel hot chocolate…sooo good.

  14. Suz Broughton

    I love the red cup. The red cup almost makes the “cheesiness” acceptable.
    You aren’t alone and I’m glad you are just accepting it.

  15. Dorkys Ramos

    It’s DEFINITELY too soon. People need to stop and breathe. And now that I’ve heard that the radio stations are already playing Christmas songs non-stop, I won’t be turning on the radio til December arrives.

    I love the stuff, but I don’t want to be sick and tired of it by the time Christmas rolls around.

  16. Heidi

    suz, the red cup does make it easier and I know because I ordered a drink that came in one today…

    dorkys, I know….that’s my problem with it all too. I want to enjoy it and not be over it by the time December gets here.

  17. ...love Maegan

    I must admit I feel pretty bah humbug about the holidays this year which is very out of character …I kind of just wish it was January already.

  18. Heidi

    …love Maegan, hello! Maybe it’s the pressure of it all – that’s how it feels for me anyway – like this long list of stuff I have to do and I want to just sit back and enjoy it.

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