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question of the weekend: Are you making plans for the holidays yet?

Oh, damn, it’s Saturday, isn’t it? Wednesday felt like a Friday, Thanksgiving Day felt like a Saturday, and now the actual Friday and Saturday of this week feel like days out of time. But then tomorrow will feel like a proper Sunday, and everything will get back to normal.

Anyway, whether you’re in the U.S. and cannot escape all the “Black Friday” and “shop now” hoopla even if you’re not spending the weekend shopping, or if you’re in the U.K. or Canada or Australia or somewhere else where Christmas looms large, you’re probably thinking about how to approach this holiday season. To spend a fortune on prezzies? To not? To focus on spending quality time with family and friends instead making yourself crazy buying crap that no one really needs anyway?

Are you making plans for the holidays yet? Or is it still too soon to be thinking about it?

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  • Anne-Kari

    Yeah, we’re making plans – in fact we’ve been working on it for weeks now. That’s what happens when you have two kids and multiple sets of grandparents who want to see them for Xmas.

    Plus my brother is flying in from Germany for the first time in a few years, so you bet I’ll be planning around that!

  • Jackie

    Oddly enough although we’re a secular nation we don’t tend to refer to Christmas as the “holidays” over here, it tend to be referred to as Christmas. “Holidays” make us think it’s August and where we’re going for the Summer.

    Actually, why is it holidays (plural) in the USA when Boxing Day isn’t officially a public holiday, so most people are expected to be in work? I.e. only one day is officially a holiday (that’s singular). I’ve often wondered that one.

  • Actually, why is it holidays (plural) in the USA when Boxing Day isn’t officially a public holiday, so most people are expected to be in work?

    Because many people in the U.S. used to take their vacations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. (Indeed, that was often the only time of year I got to see my northern relatives.)

    Either that or they just find it simpler to refer to Christmas and New Year’s that way because they occur so close together.

    If it makes you happy, one of the biggest sources of controversy this time of year is the conflict between those Christians who insist on saying “Merry Christmas” and the more secular types who settle for “Happy Holidays.” Believe it or not, there are actually grown people who get offended at the latter.

  • Heck, I know people who got upset over President Obama’s decision to light a “holiday tree” instead of the conventional Christmas tree.

    But that’s a subject for another day.

  • Leslie Carr

    My major holiday planning is deciding whether I watch the Dr Who Christmas Special downstairs on the 36 inch LCD TV in the living room or upstairs on the 43 inch plasma screen in the master bedroom. Everything else (chicken vs turkey vs duck, real vs artificial tree, which day to visit family) is just detail:-)

  • Kenny

    Hehe.. I made plans for the holidays back in August. I have flights booked to spend them in New York… seeing my girlfriend. We’ve been apart for three months already. I’m looking forward to this December more than most.

  • Mimi

    Heck, I know people who got upset over President Obama’s decision to light a “holiday tree” instead of the conventional Christmas tree.

    OK, I don’t doubt there are people upset about this, but you know it’s actually made up, right? No such decision. It’s still a Christmas tree. I feel like I heard that story/hoax last year too, even, in the Bush era. http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/holiday-tree-hooey/

    Anyway. Yes, I have beaucoup holiday plans. I always do, for the same reason as Anne-Kari, with the extra motivator this year of currently being 8 months pregnant. If I don’t plan stuff in advance, ain’t nothin’ gonna happen. Let’s be honest: a lot won’t happen this year, regardless! I’ll have bigger things to deal with!

  • OK, I don’t doubt there are people upset about this, but you know it’s actually made up, right?

    Er, right.

    (*D’oh! I suspected as much.*)

    (** Shhh!**)

    I’m sorry but for the past few years I’ve been trying to persuade my more conservative relatives and acquaintances that not everything they read in anonymous e-mails are all that truthful and that they should take such messages with a grain of salt.

    Personally I can think of far more serious things to worry about this Christmas season than whether or not the President lit a holiday tree or Christmas tree so I didn’t research that question as thoroughly as I should have.

    Mea culpa.

    Mea maxima culpa.

  • Paul

    I’ll see my folks in the summer. I HATE flying in winter. HATE HATE HATE. I’d rather watch the 7 anti-women chick flicks than fly in winter. So I’m taking the spare time and using it to finish my novel. My folks already have my Xmas gifts, wrapped up and where ever they put them.

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Yep, all planned: Mostly because it’s easier to find good ticket prices for flying across Canada in November than it is in December. It was going to be a quiet little christmas as of October. Now, it’s a major get together involving 3 families linked through my father and brother

  • As for my plans, I’m helping one friend buy presents for her children this weekend and then I’ll concentrate on buying regalos (presents) for my sister’s children. Plus my mother and my youngest brother both have birthdays in December as well…so…it’s going to be a busy month…

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