The holiday season is over. All that’s left are the trees lying in driveways waiting to be picked up by the “tree collectors.”
The twinkly lights that greeted us as we drove home are dark for another year. Most people take the candles out of the windows. Our candles will stay for another month or so. Without any lights, winter is just dank, dark and dreary.
People are back to their grumpy self, storing their goodwill along with their seasonal decorations and dusty Santa’s.
We are preparing to hibernate. January is a not an active month. Events are weather dependent. All the good ones are cancelled which leaves us with the stuff we didn’t want to do in the first place.
It’s mostly dark. I read somewhere that there are 14 hours of darkness in the northern hemisphere. The hours next to it are bleak so it’s really more. I feel like a mole. We are lucky to have any sun.
People lack energy. Maybe they blew it all on the holidays along with their money or packed it up with the goodwill.
I miss all the emails declaring “last chance sales,” “four hours left” and “70% off AND free shipping.”
Even the cats sleep more if that’s at all possible.
The next holiday is Ground Hog Day on February 2.
Ok, maybe you don’t celebrate if you are not from Pennsylvania. The significance of this holiday is not Punxsutawney Phil and his (really bad) weather forecast. This holiday is a harbinger to spring.
Spring! Remember what that is? Tulips blooming! The smell of blossoms in the air and the wackos are back on the streets! I love it!
I consider it a “doughnut holiday” where you eat something naughty and enjoy it without guilt. (Gotta love those holidays!)
It signals the end of the worst of the sub-freezing temperatures.
There are twelve days until Valentine’s Day so you better come up with at least a card. No problem though, the Valentine’s Day cards have been on the racks since December 27th (yes, I saw them!) along with the St. Patrick’s Day and Easter cards.
There will be hearts, leprechauns and bunnies dangling everywhere along with the appropriate sales. (Gotta love marketers!)
Groundhog Day is the start of all the holidays (and sales) to come — Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras (another doughnut holiday!), Easter (more food yum!), Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day and I’m only up to June.
What I love best about these holidays is the music. There isn’t any! If I hear about the little drummer boy on January 2, I’m likely to strangle the kid…or maybe the singers.
Nor do I need to decorate or buy gifts. In fact I don’t need to do anything to celebrate except participate.
The foods are simpler. Think cherry pie for Presidents’ Day. How about chocolate for Valentines’ Day. You have to have Easter eggs. It’s written in the rule book. That damn bunny that eats your spring flowers brings colorful eggs.
I’m starting to feel a little perky here. There is so much to look forward to this year!