Joyeux Noël!

Joyeux Noël!

At some point I will have to tell the tale of these past few days: dozens of papers and more dozens of final exams to grade, daycares closing without any warning whatsoever days before everything shuts down for the holidays, possible shady dealings suspicions of which I cannot relate without libel attacks, possibly 15 million Christmas parties, and a departure for France ALL IN THE SAME WEEK.

I had to cancel a couple of the Christmas parties. No one has mentioned how much my presence was sorely missed, alas. Maybe they are just relieved not to have me near the party chocolate so that everyone else can get some?

Although that isn’t fair, because I have one redeeming quality as a party guest: I always bring chocolate. I like to think it makes up for my lack of cocktail conversation.

Given the crazy moment I’m in, I have only been able to collect a few thoughts for this holiday season, and they are:

1) Is it just me, or are the marketing efforts to make a Lexus look like the season’s hottest holiday gift hilarious and insane at the same time?

I believe I should start another blog, and it will be called “Are You Nuts?”, and it will be my reaction to this kind of thing.

However, as you’ve noticed, I’m not doing so good keeping up with this blog, so there you go. Another good idea failed for lack of the 99% perspiration.

2) Thought 2, kind of related to thought 1, but not entirely. This is adapted from some phrase I’ve seen on the internet. I can’t remember how it goes, but the idea is: For this holiday season, take a moment to look around you and in you and dwell on all the things you have for which you would not take money. You wouldn’t take a million for them. You can’t even conceive of putting a price on them, and you certainly wouldn’t sell them for any price. (Note: You can NOT think about what you don’t have during this exercise. That’s not allowed. Think about what you HAVE.)

Think about those things, and then throw your chin up into the freezing air (or whatever temperature your own locale happens to be, tropical blog friends) and embrace them, and embrace your life while you’re at it.

And have a very joyous life.

I was going to say “have a very joyous holiday season”, but then I thought, Hey, why stop there?

Happy Holidays everyone and Happy New Year!

13 Comments
  • I’m rather curious about who those people are who give (and get) entire VEHICLES for Christmas. I don’t know any people like that.

    I have loads of Priceless in my life. And I firmly believe happiness cannot be bought. We made far more than we purchased, this holiday, to give to others, and if the others don’t see the value in that, well, they’ll just never be happy anyway.

    Happy Holidays, Safe Travels, and may all that is Good and Wonderful by yours in 2008.

    December 18, 2007 at 10:17 am
  • Well when ever I start to see a Lexus commercial I just change the channel. It is a time of magic, I hope we all appreciate. Hang there and have a piece of chocolate. Clarice

    December 18, 2007 at 11:04 am
  • I’m part of duo made up of a musician and a writer/SAHM. We decided long ago that happiness cannot be bought or sold. But that’s not to say we don’t forget. I think that knowledge (that money has nothing to do with true happiness) is priceless. I’ll never need a car with a big red bow for Christmas.

    Wishing you a safe holiday and all the best in the year to come. Eat lots of good French chocolate for all of us!

    December 18, 2007 at 3:23 pm
  • Oh dear, Husband and I have been laughing at the Lexus commercials since last year. I mean, seriously – who gives anyone a CAR for a Christmas present? If my beloved wrapped up some keys for me, I might murder him on the spot because not only did he pick out a car for me without asking me about it but he would have committed our mutual finances to paying to an extremely large amount of our mutual money.

    Anyway. The chocolate is overflowing and the season is happy and lovey and I am SO blessed to have so very many things that no one could ever offer me enough money for such as a husband who cooks and a dog who’s adorable and a niece who’s hilarious and tons of friends and family who are just unbelievably loving and supportive…and my John Waters Christmas CD. There is no amount of money on earth that would convince me to part with it 🙂

    December 18, 2007 at 5:32 pm
  • thanks for the remind of holiday ridiculous-ness (lexus gift) and blessed-ness (what’s priceless). please eat lots and lots of French chocolate for me!!! happy, safe travels, and i can’t wait to hear about your soujourn in France when you return:)

    December 18, 2007 at 9:35 pm
  • Laura, two trips to France in a year? How lucky for you! Eat lots of lovely French chocolate and take oodles of pictures for us.

    December 20, 2007 at 4:35 pm
  • lol!

    I actually have a friend who got a brand new red BMW for her birthday…and a colleague of mine got a car with a big red bow on top for Valentine’s day.

    If only wishes were horses…I so wish someone would get the idea that I’d love to have a brand new (fully paid for) car with a big red bow on top for Christmas too! 😀

    Happy Holidays Laura! And Happy Life too! :0)

    December 21, 2007 at 7:46 pm
  • Anne-Gaelle
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    Apres plus d’un mois en vadrouille, je viens de rentrer en France. ‘back in the game’. je ratrappe mon retard de lectrice de ce blog avec plaisir! desolé de ne pas prendre part au débat, j’ignore tout de lexus!lol!

    merry christmas and a very happy new year 2008!

    December 24, 2007 at 11:12 am
  • Wishing you a blessed and merry Christmas….may you have peace, love and joy….

    Gypsy Purple

    December 25, 2007 at 7:51 pm
  • I was disappointed. No Lexus under the tree. They really had me thinking this was a possibility.

    December 28, 2007 at 10:15 am
  • A few of the personal finance blogs out there have been having a merry old time poking fun at the Lexus ads. One of them titled his/her post something to the effect of, “Merry Christmas, honey! I just added $60,000 in consumer debt to our lot!”

    Salut,
    Marjorie

    December 29, 2007 at 1:42 pm
  • Thank you so much for all the Christmas wishes, everyone! The same and even more back to you all.

    And Marjorie, I love that blog title. The author hit the nail on the head with that one. 🙂 Although, if people who have the money want to give a car, that’s fine, really. It’s the attempt by marketing departments to raise our levels of expectations for acceptable gifts that high that drive me nuts. Or drive me to think they are nuts. 🙂

    January 1, 2008 at 7:49 pm
  • I am a little late to the table here, but I wanted to wish you a good 2008 in person!

    Oh, I was so happy not to have the end-of-semester rush this year. I actually had time to tackle a few projects at home.

    But YOU got to go to France. I have to wait until fall.

    Mimi

    January 1, 2008 at 10:22 pm

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