It seems to me there are two kinds of people when it comes to Christmas. Which side of the fence are you on?
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Keep an alphabetized list and address Christmas cards early so they will be ready before you get busy. They can be mailed on the first of December.
GRANNY GRINCH: I considered sending cards, but forgot to buy them and don’t keep a list anyhow. After a few years of this, I only get cards from the dentist and plumber.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Buy Christmas wrapping paper after Christmas when it is on sale. Store it in a plastic container so you can find it when you need it. Nothing beats the fun of wrapping gifts in colorful paper and placing a pretty bow on top.
GRANNY GRINCH: Are you kidding? Wrap gifts? Wrapping paper became extinct when gift bags came into my life. Gift bags are the best invention that Santa ever made.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Buy Christmas gifts all year long when you find things on sale. Then you can enjoy the excitement of shopping for a few items at the mall without being under pressure.
GRANNY GRINCH: Getting mauled at the mall in the Christmas crunch is not my idea of fun. I order online and let Google and Amazon do the walking.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Get the largest tree you can find and put it up before Thanksgiving. Artificial trees can stay up longer.
GRANNY GRINCH: What I’m waiting for is a pre-lit tree that also has the ornaments pre-attached and opens with a button, like an umbrella. Until then my tree is getting smaller and smaller every year. By next year it may be gone entirely.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Collectable ornaments make the Christmas tree special. Try adding a few new ones each year. Or make your own and personalize them. Vintage ornaments also bring back special memories from previous holidays.
GRANNY GRINCH: Obviously you don’t have a cat. I spend most of the holiday chasing the cat out of the tree and picking up ornaments that she has pulled off the tree and knocked under the furniture .
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Play Christmas music and bake some cookies. To really enjoy Christmas, you must get into the spirit and right mood.
GRANNY GRINCH: My Christmas spirit has been spirited away, right up the chimney with Santa. I keep suffering though the hubbub and hullabaloo and manage to keep my sanity, or at least some of it.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Drive around the neighborhood and look at the outside light displays. Be sure to take the kids or grandkids.
GRANNY GRINCH: The commercialization of Christmas has ruined it. Too many houses decorated with lights and choreographed with music; too many stores playing Christmas carols in October; too many Christmas commercials on television; and too many designer Christmas trees with coordinated ornaments.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Give little hints about what you want for Christmas so you will be sure to get what you want. You can also make a wish list at places like Amazon, or just ask family and friends for gift cards for your favorite restaurant or department store.
GRANNY GRINCH: I don’t want anything. I have everything I need. The best thing about Christmas is the Christmas candy. This year I’m giving myself a really great gift and take off from work.
CHRISTMAS CONFORMIST: Think Norman Rockwell, and Currier and Ives. Keep your finger crossed and wish for snow. I LOVE Christmas! I only wish that the Christmas season lasted longer.
GRANNY GRINCH: Think Grinch, and Scrooge. Snow would be the last straw. All the planning and anticipation, all the getting ready, buying gifts, all the work, and in a day — it is over!
Can I take down the tree and let the cat out of the basement now?
Copyright 2011 Sheila Moss