Candy Cane

Because today is National Candy Cane Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Candy Cane. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…

I really don’t have anything special to say about a candy cane. I mean… I like candy canes well enough. But now that I think of it… I have not had a single candy cane this Christmas season. Which is fine… I’m not much of a candy eater anyway.

But it’s the day after Christmas and I can’t help but notice something. It feels like Christmas is mostly build up. It’s mostly anticipation. The stores start pushing decorations and holiday themed items a week before Halloween. The radio starts playing 24/7 Christmas music two weeks before Thanksgiving. And as soon as December 1 hits, every stranger on the street is asking, “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Like it’s any of their business.

But then it’s December 26 and it’s all over. No more music. No more decorations.

Well… I guess that last part isn’t necessarily true. I’m sure some homes and businesses take time to take down decorations as quickly as possible. But there are still a lot that refuse to let go… The lights stay up until January 15. I think we always took ours down on New Year’s Day when I was growing up. And, on that note, a lot of those stores that have been pushing the holiday themed items since before Halloween? All that stuff is half off for the next week or so. If you’ve been wanting to get a pre-lit tree, now is the time.

I guess all I’m saying is that most of Christmas really feels like is that anticipation leading up to the big day. And then it’s just over.

Sorry… didn’t mean for that to feel so depressing…

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3 thoughts on “Candy Cane

  1. I definitely feel the same way about the lead up to Christmas and then it just being done after. It really makes it a super depressing holiday. And I’ve had a really bad one, mostly because of that build up. I won’t get into it here because there will be a massive post in a few days about it on my own blog, but I am really starting to hate this holiday and it used to be my favourite.

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    • I’m sorry you had a not so great Christmas. I can’t say I hate the holiday… but I definitely don’t make a big deal out of it these days. In my early adult years, I was told that Christmas would never be magical, like it was when I was a kid, unless I had kids myself someday. Since I don’t see that happening, no more magic. I see it with my friends who have kids, though… they get excited for Christmas because they are able to see it through their children’s eyes. Me… I don’t think I’ll even have anyone to celebrate with in a few years. The reality is that my grandmother is coming to the end of her life and she’s the glue that holds the extended family together here in town. Once she’s gone, everyone will be going their separate ways and we won’t have the excuse to come together for Christmas anymore. We’re getting together this afternoon and, realistically, it could very well be the last time.

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      • It was the same with my family. When my maternal grandmother passed, Christmases stopped being a huge family thing and just the aunts/uncles had dinner on my moms side. My dads brothers still get together frequently, not with covid of course, but most other years but with such age gaps between me and my cousins the full family get togethers have stopped on his side as well. It just really sucks. I still have the Christmas magic but not this year. I can’t wait to pack up and be on a train home tomorrow. Which again sucks because no Christmas celebrations happened last year. And I actually had a MUCH better holiday

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