When the (holi)days pile up

Did August zip by in a blur as fast for you as it did for me? Here we are in a new September, a new school year already underway. Soon enough (or maybe not soon enough if you’re living through a heat wave like I am), the days will turn cool and crisp, leaves will fall, and children will dream of costumes for trick-or-treating.

What follows is the headlong tumble through November and December, and before you know it, plastic eggs and marshmallow chickens will decorate store aisles.

Walking by a neighbor’s house earlier today, I had a horrible reminder of how quickly the holidays can pile one on top of another:

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Santa and ghosts and the Easter Bunny, oh my!

I am not even making this up. (!)

Other than straightening and cropping the photo and adding a watermark, I did not alter the photo. Do you see the scared Thanksgiving turkey peeking out from behind one of the trees? I felt like hiding, too.

I drove past the house on my way out of the neighborhood so I could take pictures. This is a view from the other side.

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There’s even a birthday cake in the shadows for an extra “holiday” into the mix. Happy Merry Thankseastereenmas, everyone!

When I walked by this morning, I thought, “Garage cleaning?” Maybe they were testing all the decorations to make sure none had holes?

As it turns out, someone in the house is celebrating a big milestone birthday today, and I guess her family (and friends, too?) decided this would be the perfect way to announce the occasion.

I’m grateful all of our celebrations don’t happen at the same time and not only because of what the big celebration would mean for our neighborhoods. I like holidays spaced out with time to anticipate, prepare for, and enjoy each one in its own special way.

I’m also grateful that my family celebrates birthdays in a quieter way.

In case this post has stirred a little whisper of panic in your heart or head about the approaching holidays, let me arm you with this Bible verse:

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

—Matthew 6:34

Each day has enough trouble and, I would add, enough to celebrate, too, without worrying about the holidays lining up on the calendar ahead.

I have a long line of loved ones’ birthday celebrations coming up, all before I even have to think about buying giant bags of candy, and I hope to celebrate each one without worrying about the next. What’s the next special occasion you’ll celebrate? And do the holidays ever feel like they pile up on you as these pictures suggest?

4 thoughts on “When the (holi)days pile up

  1. You’re right that the world of retail mostly ignores Thanksgiving (thought places like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma manage to squeeze it in for a few weeks near the end of October and into early November). I’m right there with you cringing at Halloween decorations in August, but somebody buys the stuff then, or the stores wouldn’t put it on the shelves that early. Hmmm. I wonder who these early planners are? I’m clearly not one of them.

  2. I am the first person to cringe at Halloween decor in August ( although I absolutely adore Halloween!!) and whatever happened to Thanksgiving?? Retail seems to pass over it completely in order to get Christmas merchandise out. = ( However, I am very excited to hear the Christmas songs on the radio…I know it makes other people crazy ( my husband!) but I LOVE it! = ) Does that make me a hypocrite? =(

    Years ago I read the book Skipping Christmas – and found it hilarious… and an idea I consider when the Holidays become just too much! = )

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