TinselitisTinselitis: Counting Down the Days Until ChristmasJennifer Still

Look, guys. I know we’re not even at Halloween yet and I’m already chompin’ at the bit to start celebrating Christmas. I can’t help myself. I started at the end of August. I’m already done with my shopping – granted, I only buy for one person, really, but no matter. I can’t stop talking about the gifts and dropping hints and internally squealing about all things Yuletide. I don’t know what my problem is, I just know I love Christmas. Deal with it.

I love all the songs – from the classics like ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’ and ‘White Christmas’ to some of the more kid-oriented jams like ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and my personal favourite, ‘Up On the Housetop’.

Don’t even get me started on the TV specials. I still adore the claymation oldies like Frosty the Snowman and The Year Without A Santa Claus and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I also adore the movies, like Home Alone and The Grinch (cartoon version, natch, but the Jim Carrey’s not so bad). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat on my couch in flannel pyjamas, crying to Love, Actually and The Holiday. It’s one of my most treasured pastimes.

I go nuts for the decorations, from the garland and shiny ornaments to the window displays at Macy’s on 34th Street and the giant Rockefeller Center tree lighting which overlooks the ice skating rink.

Oooh, look how pretty!

I can’t wait to sit on my bedroom floor in a few short weeks with rolls of colourful wrapping paper surrounding me and a pair of scissors and roll of tape as I wrap presents for hours, labeling them and attaching bows while listening to the aforementioned Christmas tunes.

Are you getting the hint? My name is Jennifer Still and I’m a Christmas freak.

‘Tinselitis” will be a weekly column offering a 12-week countdown to the big day in which I go on and on about some of my favourite holiday things, from movies and mince pies (heated with vanilla ice cream on top will change your life) to decorations and stocking stuffer ideas. Admittedly, many of the entries will probably contain a lot of capslock exclamations of “CHRISTMAS!!!!” for no reason at all, but does Christmas need a reason?

In addition, for all of you who do celebrate Christmas, we’ll share some of our favourite holiday memories and traditions, from disastrous family gatherings to best gift giving experiences. Get ready, guys. It’s about to get real.

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  1. Oh my goodness, these past few days I’ve been fighting with the temptation of watching “The Holiday” for these exact reasons. :3

  2. SO EXCITED! I got all giddy and warm inside just reading this. Come on, December!

  3. seriously, thank you for finding a name for this somewhat crippling yet fantastically festive condition where i just want to watch elf + every christmas themed tv program, jam out to christmas tunes (old and new), and bake awesome christmas themed goods all day. everyday. can’t stop, won’t stop.

  4. Jennifer… you’re not alone. Last Saturday, I spent the day sitting on my couch knitting a scarf and watching The Santa Clause and Love Actually. I’m way too excited for Christmas.

  5. THANK YOU FOR THIS.

  6. In a clever ploy to make me gloriously happy my boyfriend suggested that when we got home from brunch, we watch “Muppet Christmas Carol” last Sunday.

    He is a keeper. Also: MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL!!!!!

  7. CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (enough said!)

  8. We are the same person.

  9. YES. I loooove Christmas so much! I write a countdown blog (which I need to start now, come to think!). Can’t wait to read more from your column :)

  10. So excited for this. CHRISTMAS!!!!

  11. Oh my gosh…I am so happy you posted this. Literally earlier today I was wondering if it was legit to start listening to Christmas music yet!

  12. YESSSSS. This is so relevant to my interests. Christmas is my favorite and I’m already so excited for it, it’s insane! I was in Target the other day and was so disappointed that they’re little aisle-ends of Christmas music and movies wasn’t out yet.

  13. i can’t wait for this! so glad i’m not the only one who starts counting down and listening to christmas music once september is over (it’s all about phil spector’s xmas album, nut job or not!) yay!

  14. Yay! Yay! Kindred Spirits!!!!!

  15. I love it! Can’t wait!

  16. I definitely have tinselitis!!!

  17. I once made a snowman out of three carved pumpkins. I set up my Christmas tree on Halloween night and handed out candy canes to trick-or-treaters.

  18. I’m this way with Halloween. I love Christmas, too, but when I start seeing jack-o-lanterns and costumes in the stores I get that big “Tinselitis” grin. I start thinking about Halloween in June and must break out the decorations in September. I also live about 5 minutes from Disneyland, so when the orange banners and flowers come out, along with that big Mickey jack-o-lantern, I let my Halloween freak flag fly. Oh, how I love it. I guess you could say I have “Pumpkinitis.”

  19. Love it! Looking forward to more :)

  20. Yes Jenn, yes. This will be great!