The real holiday season (not the advertising version) is now approaching. Holidays mean different things to people. For some, it may conjure up fond childhood memories; family traditions they enjoyed, seeing people that perhaps they don’t care to see, cooking, baking, and planning that creates stress, or just outright anxiety and/or depression due to feelings of isolation, perceiving everyone else as enjoying themselves, or perhaps lacking in true meaning and value. People’s perception of history has been changing. We now more fully accept the decimation of the American Indian by the settlers. Playing cowboys and Indians (with Indians as the “bad guys”) does not hold up anymore. However, the idea of giving thanks is not passé. With the world in utter chaos and family tragedies seemingly in abundance, finding positive aspects in one’s life could be a nice change. What about streamlining all the celebrating expectations? Do we have to cook the fancy meals set on fancy tables to be served at a precise time? What if we cooked simply and served buffet style, scheduling relatives and friends to stop over when they can visit quietly with those they really want to see and share with? What if one times older relatives to arrive just before the young children leave so they can appreciate each other while not creating irritation on either side? You get what I mean. Is this idea, in and of itself too radical for most families as it dares to change the usual (just like the ice caves some malls tried in lieu of traditional Christmas trees and Santa)? I say simplify, exemplify, and “happify.”
What do you think?