Has everyone finished their Christmas shopping? I have yet to finish, - as a matter of fact, just started yesterday! Every year gets later and later, as I wait for my "Christmas Spirit" to kick in. It's crazy I know, and the longer I wait, the worse the weather gets (it was bone chilling cold and windy here in Michigan yesterday); the more snarled traffic gets, and the longer the lines, at that one cashier stand. Yesterday was CHAOTIC! The good news is that I get to venture out again today. Yeah!!
I sum the Christmas holiday season up in 3 words, feverish, frantic, and frazzled. Oh and I forgot fun. Guess that's 4 words. With all the hustle & bustle, running to & fro, shopping, decorating, and let's not forget frequenting your place of employment (God knows you'll need this as the bills roll in next month!), and fighting our way through inclement weather, people are often more short tempered, and/or, tempers are frayed, often stretched to the breaking point.
I love Christmas, but this is my list of the 5 things I dislike most about the Christmas season. They don't fill me with nostalgia, nor do they give me a "warm & fuzzy" feeling, Au contraire... I want to scream, - "I can't wait til the Christmas Holidays are over!"
- This is really aimed at store personnel. IF you are a cashier, and there is a line, and You are opening a new register, PLEASE either ask who is the Next person in line, or say, you can help the Next person in line. If you know who the Next person is, let them know you can ring them up. PLEASE DO NOT randomly pull a person from anywhere in the line, unless they are Next in line. If really sucks when you've been patiently waiting sometimes 10 minutes or more, - you're hot, have tons of stuff to do, and along comes a new cashier, who calmly, blithely, without rhyme or reason, points to someone anywhere in line and says I can help you. HELLOOO... that person may have just gotten in line, I've been standing here A WHILE! Be considerate. By doing the right thing, you can't go wrong!
- This too is aimed at store personnel. Okay there's a sale. You get to the store, and it's apparently sold out of the item(s) you want. But behind the cashier's desk, on the floor are several of your desired items. They have been saved by/for the employees. In the scheme of things, it probably doesn't matter who buys what, customer or employee, but please, not so in my face with it. I might decide to try and take my two nickels elsewhere.
- Regular TV program, for the most part, takes a vacation, and goes on hiatus. Nothing is on but reruns and Christmas shows, both of which I'm be already seen. What's an old head like me supposed to do, after a hard day of shopping. House shoes and PJ's are on. Eggnog is in hand. Now what do I do? Why not televise the usual blood, guts, gore or soap operas, about aliens impregnated by the married men next door?
- Maybe I'll sound Scroogey here, but enough with all the Christmas music. I've decked all my halls, silently in the night, and I'm watching Santa get run over by a reindeer in the news. Must you continually hear about it on the radio. - all day, everyday? How many more days till Christmas? At this stage of the game, I'd welcome rappin' country.
- Tis the busy season for God's sake. Why is there only one line open at the post office? Oh, they heard all mailers were heading over to FedEx and UPS because they get better service. Makes sense...