.iam.piscessoul.

...respect is just the minimum...

11.26.2005

say no to christmas.

this year i'm just saying no.
my mother and i discussed it and we agreed.
we aren't really celebrating christmas this year.
please take note of the words 'aren't really'.
what this means is, we aren't going to go through the hustle and bustle of decorating the house, putting up a tree, putting up lights outside the house. we will however, do the things that actually hold meaning to us. such as family breakfast on christmas morning; going to church on christmas eve; black cake, pastelles, punch-a-crème and rum punch (of course!). things like that. christmas really is about family and children. sometimes i think children (in their innocence) are the ones who get the most joy out of christmas. that being said...we will buy presents for the children in our immediate family under the age of 13 (all those above that age have already been hit with the harsh reality that there is no Santa Claus).

unfortunately, i work across the street from one of toronto's major shopping malls. this means, i am in there on a daily basis. i feel like such a scrooge as i screw up my face each time i enter a store and am hit with christmas carols and a barrage of christmas decorations.

in the last few weeks, the only time that i've smiled while thinking about christmas was last week. i was babysitting my cousin's children (all of whom are under the age of 6...yes, it was a LONG day spent with 3 children under age 6). the middle was at the window looking at the remnants of the light snow fall we had while the youngest sat on the couch looking at her. i listened to her ramble on to him about christmas and did he realize that this meant that santa was on his way and that it's a long journey from the north pole by sleigh so perhaps he was already on 'the road'. cute. too cute. i did however, need a long nap after babysitting and listening to her speak about santa and christmas all damn day.

i am not a grinch!

i just think that the meaning behind christmas has become muddled.
but that's another post.

rotating...the notorious b.i.g - ready to die
absorbing...zadie smith - the autograph man

16 Comments:

  • At Sun Nov 27, 10:54:00 PM EST, Blogger dragonflypurity said…

    whhhhaaaatttt?!!! theres no santa clause??? hee hee. just kidding gurl!

     
  • At Tue Nov 29, 12:41:00 AM EST, Blogger ~b*b~ said…

    and don't forget some parang. can't boycott that :)

     
  • At Wed Nov 30, 06:42:00 AM EST, Blogger Jdid said…

    i'm having a no fuss christmas too, to tell the truth i just dont get no christmas spirit these days

     
  • At Fri Dec 02, 12:53:00 AM EST, Blogger Moshi said…

    Hey...
    I actually pressed "next blog" button (on top right) by accident and landed on ur page.. BUT
    Im glad I did because I read some of your entries (sorry... i got sucked in) and you're really insightful...and honest... and it's really refreshing. If it's worth anything, I really enjoyed a lot of your entries. And you're from TORONTO! :)

    anyway, take care

     
  • At Tue Dec 06, 02:17:00 PM EST, Blogger Melissa said…

    are you related to the mr sould who posts coments on my blog?
    also I HATE THAT BOOK THE AUTOGRAPH MAN. You read the whole things and you keep expecting it to somehow kick in and it never really does.

     
  • At Tue Dec 06, 08:00:00 PM EST, Blogger princessdominique said…

    I wish I could just say "no" but people won't let me.

     
  • At Fri Dec 09, 07:06:00 AM EST, Blogger piscessoul said…

    @MMM - i have no online relatives (that i know of). and...i've been stuck on the same chapter of autograph man for weeks (or so it seems).

     
  • At Sun Dec 11, 01:43:00 PM EST, Blogger obifromsouthlondon said…

    lol @online relatives haha. sorry that got me going.

    I've never been heavy on xmas but put in the work regardless (my mums and her clan wouldn't have it any other way).

    you know I've been smiling a lot cos my little dude's discovered the father xmas guy. didn't help my mums has given him an early present. wait for it - A Singing Santa.

    arrrghhh!!!!!!!!! lol

     
  • At Sun Dec 11, 05:03:00 PM EST, Blogger Ddot the King said…

    I don't do xmas either. Complete waste of time.

     
  • At Mon Dec 12, 01:54:00 PM EST, Blogger piscessoul said…

    @obi - lol. xmas is definitely for the kids...i anticipate that with the singing santa in your house, you'll have a headache before xmas arrives. hahaha!

    as the youngest in my household (at 26) there are no kids left with whom to celebrate the joys of the facade of christmas.

     
  • At Wed Dec 14, 10:59:00 AM EST, Blogger divyne said…

    I am celebrating Christmas the same exact way! NO Fuss, just being w/ family, enjoying and reflecting on the true meaning. I shop and give throughout the year, so I"m not about to go in debt over folks this year.

     
  • At Thu Dec 22, 08:42:00 PM EST, Blogger s.johnson86 said…

    you're probably talking about the eaton centre eh?? yeah i know, christmas is too commercialized now.. i mean, i don't mind giving out gifts, but all these kris kringles and these giving money alll the time... fuck that. lol.

     
  • At Sun Dec 25, 06:31:00 PM EST, Blogger obifromsouthlondon said…

    merry xmas me darling (ok I know you said you aint celebrating ...)

     
  • At Fri Jan 06, 02:42:00 PM EST, Blogger stalebREAD said…

    i very much enjoyed your article, as i have the same reaction upon entering stores the day after thanksgiving. but i have to admit, i love christmas. i'm such a sucker, but i love it. trees, candles, bows and all.

     
  • At Sun Jan 08, 08:10:00 AM EST, Blogger Ayanna said…

    I certainly understand. It's time to take back the holiday, and shift the focus away from all the meaningless commercialism that kills our pocketbooks along with our spirits...

    Peace
    A~

     
  • At Tue Jan 10, 11:36:00 PM EST, Blogger The Cocoa Lounge said…

    Since I'm away from home, Christmas has become more important to me. It's a reason to go home and see my fam.

     

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