Ready or not, the holidays are here – or will be starting in a few days…unless you are in the retail business. That holiday rush began quite a few weeks (months) ago! The rush was to make sure the consumer developed a sense of urgency to find the greatest bargain for that all important gift they did not even know they were going to give.
Whether Auntie really needs a pair of red and green silk lounging pajamas becomes immaterial when faced with the chance to save up to 60% off the regular retail price. And if you might be invited to a party where a gift for the host/hostess is expected, what better opportunity is there to purchase a useless trinket than when you can buy one and get one free? No matter that now you have two useless trinkets if the party is cancelled by a blizzard!
I digress – back to my original thought. The holidays are upon us once again. The older I get, the quicker they seem to come around. Was it really a year ago that we were opening gifts from loved ones as we spread holiday cheer? I guess it was.
I’ve heard this explanation about the passing of time: when we are children, Christmas and birthdays seem so far away because we have not experienced that many. That is to say – if I am waiting to be five years old, I have only enjoyed four birthdays and therefore it will take another 1/5 of the time I’ve lived to have another birthday. On the other hand, if I am 79, the time between birthdays seems miniscule because I’ve had so many! Only 1/80 of my life has to pass again before the Big 80.
No matter how the time that has passed for you, I wish you well and pleasant memories to last a lifetime.