Christmas is tomorrow people. If you are Christian, agnostic, or a happy Pagan who digs Santa, then you are going to the “show” this Thursday. It’s a time for mad-cap baking; watching Elf forty times on TBS (Santaaaaaa!!!!!!!); and cursing Bed, Bath, and Beyond because they are out of the Boston Red Sox Meat Brander (maybe I’ll just get him socks).
During this time of year, Christians celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.
Also happening this time of year, the United States celebrates the birth of the flu.
One never really understands the voracity of their own health, until it is taken away…during the most wonderful time of the year…while a Mariah Carey Christmas song plays in the background.
But as they say, there’s a lesson in there somewhere. So, when the fever and chills took me to school, I took note.
Lessons I Learned while Sick this Holiday Season:
- Holiday shows on ION involve a lot of thoughtful starting. In fact, they run light on dialogue, but have it in spades with sighing and intent looking, all set to track music. Themes involve: engagement by Christmas, saving your marriage by Christmas, having your first kiss by Christmas. Nothing with wine and/or chocolate. Weirdos.
- It is both ironic and remarkable the number of Tamiflu commercials that play on TV, while you have the flu, and popping Tamiflu.
- I will never be on the Sing Off!
- According to the Profemin commercials, I am either menopausal or a very pissed off and tired person. Maybe I am pissed off about my menopausalness. I might also have erectile dysfunction.
- There is a karaoke television app. Please, for the love of God, do not tell my child’s third grade class.
- So. Much. Supernatural. Why?
- Oh look, nothing is wrapped. Aces.
- I have perfected by “Oh no, I’m not sick” phone voice. It is the same one I use for, “Oh no, I haven’t had four glasses of wine,” or the, “Yes, of course I am awake at 5 a.m.” voice.
- Being sick sucks.
Every holiday season I look forward to sitting back and relaxing with family and friends. The flu put a little kink in that plan. While things are much better now, being sick really does open your eyes to what matters most and what you might want to shed from your life. Plus, I really missed my eight pots of coffee-style energy. Health is just too precious.
So this year, hug your loved ones, call an old friend, do something nice for a neighbor.
And for the love of all things holy – take your vitamin C!
Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Photos Courtesy of:
Guy with the flu – www.adpharm.net
Mariah Carey – www.fanshare.com
Supernatural – www.supernatural.wikia.com
Elf – www.thehandmadehome.net
Postcard – www.green-mom.com
Nine Lives of Christmas – www.pinterest.com