Writer’s Block: Happy ThanksChristGivingMas

By Corinne Wnek

That Christmas follows Thanksgiving so closely on the calendar is confusing for me. I just can’t shift my emotional gears so quickly. One day its thanksgiving and then the next day its banksgiving, as in get me to the ATM. As far as I’m concerned, if a shopper can make it to a store for a 3:00 A.M. ‘welcome to Black Friday’ opening, then they deserve to get every super duper, door buster, rolled back, marked down, blue light special, guaranteed lowest, blowout price on every item they can get their hands on.

But am I the only one who thinks that at the stroke of midnight on Thanksgiving, evil elves descended to Earth faster than the Hollywood Tower of Terror ever could? It’s like our brains are hacked into by these red and green meanies and before you could say “I’ll have more pie”, they chase the spirit of thankfulness smack into next year. It’s like they came to brainwash us into a buying frenzy just because it’s late November. So far, they’re winning.

I’m still trying to come to terms with the ‘official’ start of the Christmas season. All I know is it’s here and my husband might be right about Macy’s being the timekeeper of this season because they usher in Santa when he rides through Herald Square. Millions of people would agree, I’m sure.

But I still can’t help feeling like I’m in a kind of twilight zone about this inevitable change of focus. I’m not ready to let go of the good feelings that come with celebrating something that doesn’t require the pressure of buying or finding the ‘right’ gift for someone. With apologies to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, sometimes ‘to be’, is enough for the moment.

I’m also intimidated by all the new gadgetry that’s out there. I don’t speak ‘techlish’ so I usually feel a little stupid about buying anything that has ‘droid’, ‘mega’ or ‘gigabyte’ connected to it. I can feel the goose bumps already. A close second to this is buying a gift for someone who says, “I don’t need anything so just me what you think I’d like.” UGG! More goose bumps.

I’m starting to have a whole new respect for ties, socks and pajamas.


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