Saturday, November 17, 2012

every day is a reminder of the day that never came

The fruitcakes went into the oven at 4:20.  Somehow that feels significant, and perhaps foretelling.

So begins the Christmas prep season, November being the thin edge of the holiday wedge.  I feel a little badly for November.  Surely I am not the only one who feels that it gets short shrift in the calendar hierarchy?


The OFKAR will be coming home in just over a month and by then I plan to have most of my work responsibilities finished off.  The flurry of Christmas recitals at National Music Centre should be wrapped up by that point, and the events that I cover for East Village at this time of year all seem to centre around shopping and Christmas markets, so hopefully those too will be wrapped up with a bow put on them.  I'm already scheming my board game strategy for the holidays.


See?  I'm just as guilty of being unmindful of November's charms as everybody else.  I did, however, write about the New Pornographers for my November edition of Canadian Bands You Should Know, which I now write for the National Music Centre blog.  So there's that, I guess.

8 comments:

ReBelle said...

We have Thanksgiving to get through yet.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh my goodness, I am such a Canadian, ReBelle! How could I forget your Thanksgiving, which is arguably bigger than Christmas. Certainly marks the start of the season, anyway.

Eugene Knapik said...

I have recently realized that American Thanksgiving is a way bigger deal than I ever imagined. It's not just Pilgrims anymore. Now it's all tied up in shopping and football and who knows what else.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's immense, Eugene! It seems to be the date that the floodgates all open up. The economy hinges around it.

Lesley said...

Although advertising might have you believe otherwise, I think most of us crazy Americans think about more than football and shopping when it comes to Thanksgiving. Even though reports do prove that people are spending a lot in the days after, very few of us are actually trampling, punching, etc. our fellow countrymen to do so. :) Over the years, in fact, my family, friends, and I have talked more and more about how we look forward to Thanksgiving because it comes without expectations. It is about being together, being grateful. No gifts, no office parties, etc. It is also what makes us notice November, for sure.

While it may be the "gate" to the holiday shopping frenzy, if you so choose to partake, I think most agree it is a lot more. And this year, it comes earlier in the month, which kind of is a wake up to just how fast the year has gone.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am so heartened to read your comment, Lesley. It is so encouraging to know that people are taking real meaning from the day. Thanks so much for setting the record straight!

Allison said...

November does get the the short end of the stick. The weather doesn't help.

I really think I need to move away from the rain. It's getting to me!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The endless rain is hard to take, Al. At least with snow, it looks pretty.