its festive for something anyway and it's creative anyway. we will call it a mushroom flower to stay pg.
thanksgiving came a week late, spending money became tighter due to different reasons, i think many are either at the mall or are recovering from big box injuries sustained from sales. and i think it will come back. while i haven't counted lights, there is very little. where i am the weather is 27, then it's 60, then it's 30 for a while, end of the week 60 again, the following monday snow of some kind. so it's like winter then spring all in one week.
I use to be so excited about Christmas. It was my favorite holiday of the year. I'd start in Making and buying gifts in July. My Christmas shopping would be done by the time the holiday came around. Being a mother of four, it was such great pleasure to see my kids excitement Christmas mornings, only I was alway a little more excited then they were. I often couldn't sleep thinking how fun it was going to be to see their faces in the morning. I'd be so excited I'd wake them up really early.
About 10 years ago I stopped putting up a tree and decorating. The lack of my "Christmas spirit" came about the time I worked for Michael's Arts & Craft store. The push to sell, sell, sell became so discussing to me. Christmas music started playing in September, not all day but enough to be very annoying. Management ( from Corporate ) was constantly demanding higher sells numbers. My vision of Christmas became tainted. I gave all my decorations to my youngest daughter.
I used to have more Christmas spirit when my parents were alive but for many years now it just seems like such an effort to muster up much holiday feeling. I did put up my little tree the other day. I have a ton of ornaments and a collection of ceramic Santas that I put on the mantle. But every year I think about getting rid of most of it then I end up keeping it for another year. I think I'd enjoy Christmas more if the younger children in the family lived close enough to visit. Next year we'll have my nephew's new baby around.
I live in the midst of a Saguaro preserve...and Arizonans decorate our version of 'trees.'
Phallic is phallic, ain't no way of getting around it....
I do, however ,admire the spray of palm fronds on this palm tree!
Spending year after year in a retail establishment I seen the worst of people. Lying, cheating, yelling, screaming, pushing, shoving, and on and on
and on. I got where I just hated it. I became a big Scrooge. I have not put up a tree in 25 years.
I dunno< sometimes if the weather feels really hot outside and people are extremly rude doesn't feal like christmas.
That type of palm tree grows really slow and extremly pain in the butt to cut the stems when they grow so they don't look like a tall bush
As a general rule - I dislike all "holidays" and Christmas borders on being like #2 with Halloween being #1. The wife likes holidays until they are here - she already has the tree up and is ready to take it down - will happen before Xmas I'm sure - I'll go as far as the Christmas cactus that's blooming on the front stoop - but that's it. I'd not have a tree at all. I know - bah humbug and I am the grinch for sure. Thanksgiving is about #3 on the list, maybe four - it always begins well - but by the end of the day - everyone (me and her) need our own room and not be bothered.
to help push for sales. i dropped kwanzaa mike for different reasons. and switched to commercial santa instead. hoping it's a trigger for buying.
i honestly always hated christmas, seeing all those who's with their christmas cheer all bubbly and giddy with gifts galore. while i sit without a thing around me, no one thinking i might want a gift even though i gave last year. people needing sherpa's and 3 humped camels to carry it all to their car, while i drive home blinded by lights. it's overly commercial holiday and i wished it would just go away.
then i started selling the who's needed art, they need my art to do their part. they need art for their walls, and art for their balls. they needs it, they wants it, i haves it, get some art whosville.
i'm the one that roots for the grinch until he becomes soft in the end. and feels more for scrooge, until he becomes soft because he's afraid no one will visit him when he's dead - who does that and why would he care? that movies was about - conform or else.
Like I said in one of the other threads, spend as many years in retailing as I did and you too will lose the Christmas spirit.
I understand the economics of it and with so many people depending on retail for their livelihood, I can tolerate it as long as
I don't have to partake in any great way any longer.
I was very, very lucky that my stores never depended on Christmas to be successful. Not saying the extra money wasn't nice,
but a whole lot of small businesses (and maybe some large ones) make their bottom line in the last two months of the year.
Lot of people would be out of work without the commercialized holiday season
That money lost to the economy is money that can not find its way into our pockets by buying artwork.