Premature Glee at the Holidays Almost Being Over

This morning I was wrapping the last few Christmas gifts and humming carols. It’s the happiest I’ve felt in about three weeks. Last night was my in-law Christmas event. Tonight we have a small eve dinner with my mother-in-law and then, on Christmas day, my husband, daughter and I spend the whole day padding about in our jammies.

And then, the day after, everything gets cleaned up and put away. Holiday boxes get canstockphoto8088029lugged up to the garage rafters. Nobody will attempt to foist their tarted-up joy on me. I don’t have to throw elbows to avoid hugs. I don’t have to smile for pictures. I can wander off and no one will notice and ask me if I’m okay.

This year, if authenticity is to be lauded, I’ve been a very good girl. To the point that I may not be invited to any holiday events ever again. And that makes me so very, very happy. An introvert’s bliss.

2017 is going to be a good year for creative spirits. Our politics will be shit and we’ll all possibly die during a Putin-Trump dick measuring contest, but we’ll be inspired. Art flourishes under duress.

I have no resolutions except to find my own way, to not be sidetracked by shoulds, to find kindred spirits with whom to survive the attempted destruction of values that I hold dear. To stand up when needed. To intervene when required. To dig in when asked. To hope for that which seems improbable.

On that note, I’d like to say thank you to those who have subscribed to The Green Study, to commenters and to anyone in general who have tripped over this blog on your way to somewhere better.

Happy Almost End-of-the-Holidays!

 

18 Comments on “Premature Glee at the Holidays Almost Being Over

  1. sounds like a lovely way to spend the holidays. Wishing you good health, contentment and peace for 2017. And may the words flow.

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  2. Thank you, Michelle, for consistently being a wise and thought-provoking (and kindred) voice throughout this year of revelation and disappointment. Fortunately, it was also a year of finding oases of reason and relief in the endless desert. Thanks for being an oasis for me in 2016.

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    • Thank you, Donna. There’s so many people still striving for a better, more peaceful and just world. That gives me heart moving ahead, knowing that none of us are alone in our struggles and there are a lot of lights to lead the way. Best wishes to you in the new year!

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  3. “a Putin-Trump dick measuring contest” – one of my favourite lines!
    May you and your family have a wonderful day padding about in your jambes. Don and I ignore Christmas when we’re travelling except for Skyping a few family members. It suits us just fine.
    Alison

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    • I was wondering if that was an incredibly sexist thing to write, but then I didn’t care, because it made me laugh.
      I think if I didn’t have a child or in-laws, I’d likely ignore it as well. I’d use it as an excuse to curl up with a good book and hot drinks. Oh wait, I’m doing that anyway. Hope you and Don are doing well – wherever you are!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Michelle! You are so right that art flourished under duress… Or when challenged, at least! Art rises to the occasion. It comprises all manner of ingenuity, innovation, and connection. Now I’m actually looking forward to 2017, thanks to this post! THANK YOU, and l look forward also to keeping one another company, all of us, on this incredible (literally) journey!! 😊😘😁

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  5. I love the hustle and bustle of Christmas! At least that’s what I tell myself with ever-lessening conviction each year. Here’s to a great 2017.

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