Tinselitis

Tinselitis: Counting Down the Days Until Christmas

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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