Off the Press

November 1, 2011

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Try not to spoil the holidays for others

Well, the holiday slide has begun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. I love getting together with family and friends, eating and drinking, and all of the pageantry that goes with each individual celebration.

I love shopping for people I care about, and for decorations. I love all of the planning and organizing.

However, I do not like putting holidays before their time, like putting out the Christmas stuff before Halloween has even happened.

And I do not love the naysayers and the Scrooges and the grinches.

Well before Halloween, my favorite holiday of all, I received a press release entitled, “The Trick to Fewer Treats: Eight Ways for Cutting Back on the Candy This Halloween.” I got it numerous times in the past few weeks.

Here’s my problem with it.

I didn’t get to go trick or treating much when I was a kid. I like to go now. I go every year that I am able. The point of the holiday, in my mind, has always been to go door to door and get all the candy you can get, same for everyone else who celebrates it.

(Now I know some people get upset about adults going, but as I have said before, if you’re buying candy to give away to strangers who dress up and come to your house to get it, why do you care how old the person is that you’re giving it to?)

Note: I never eat all of my candy, often giving away a portion of it to friends and visitors to my house, and sometimes it takes most of the year to get through what I do collect and keep.

But back to the press release, why suck the joy out of this holiday? Cut back on the candy?!? On the holiday designated for collecting and eating candy?!? Are you kidding me?!?

Then comes Thanksgiving and all of the arguing about whether you have the proper food and/or too much or who’s eating what and who’s going where. Just be with someone you love and eat what you want, that’s my opinion.

I don’t eat birds. Haven’t for years. That means no turkey for me. You eat all of the turkey you want. But don’t come down on me for not eating it.

Moving on to Christmas, let me celebrate what I want to and I will let you do the same. Actually, I’ll do that anyway. Don’t berate me for my Christmas tree. If you don’t want one, don’t get one.

If you celebrate or believe something else, do it with gusto and happiness. Don’t junk up someone else’s holiday because he or she is doing something different than you.

Don’t give me grief if I greet you “the wrong way” in the holiday season. If I say “Merry Christmas,” I mean I care about you and want you to have a good holiday.

People who try to force others into certain categories or judge them because of their beliefs? Now that’s something to say “Bah humbug” about.

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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