"Tis the Season!


It seems that when we reach this time of year, we look back to see where we were last year compared to now. A quick glance in the rear-view mirror reminds us that this year was basically the same as 2020. In retrospect, that isn’t a great thing. But, through all the craziness, chaos, and basic insanity, we still made it to the end of the year. Sometimes things were tough, but we have the Holiday season on our doorstep, and with luck that will close out 2021 on a good note.
After eating too much Thanksgiving turkey, feeling bloated for a week, and still in dire need of a nap, the calendar turns to December and all the special things that come along with it. Most of which involve another round of way too much food, spending too much money, and more naps on the couch—if you can find it under all the wrapping paper, tinsel, and ribbons.
At least Santa gets a nice plate of cookies and milk. That’s why I’m happy being Santa whenever possible. If I keep this routine going for a couple more years, I won’t need that pillow to fill out the red suit. Not to mention that the grey hair in the beard is already coming in pretty thick.
Over the last few years, I’ve talked about Christmas lists and Hallmark holiday marathons in my December articles. They all bring a feeling of ‘merry’ with them, even if the movies feature pretty much the same plot every time, and you can predict what’s going to happen before it does. But yes, we still watch them for that gooey feeling we get when they finally kiss. Awwww. It pretty much defines “comfort and joy”.
Personally, I prefer murder mystery movies set in the depths of a snowy winter, with crazy babysitters coming home for the holidays, desperate to eradicate their daddy issues. Uhh, sorry, I’m getting distracted. Back to reality.
I’ve been seeing a lot of Christmas Romance books popping up on social media. From Westerns to Billionaires, there is often a kid or two involved, which means extra helpings of snowmen and cocoa. There may well be fluffy kittens and the perfect dog that never leaves an “oopsy” on the grass for the hero to step in and track onto the new Berber carpet that cost thousands to install the week before. Talk about a party-pooper.

Read the entire article in the Dec/Jan 2021-22 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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