Friday, December 21, 2012

Managing Expectations

The key to having happy holidays is to manage expectations. Do not cling to fond memories of your childhood. Instead, focus on your blessings:  The relatives, overeating, hangover remedies, bills, etc. Happy holidays!
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I wrote this for the Trifextra Writing Challenge Week 47 where we are to write exactly 33 words about our feelings about the holidays.  We were given a quote by Dave Barry, one of my favorite writers, to use as inspiration:

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!”

― Dave Barry

I appreciate your comments.

 

25 comments:

  1. I'll keep my childhood memories, thanks :D

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    1. Of course. See my comment to Joe, below. Thanks Draug.

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  2. Use your memories to make the experience of others as magical as that which you remember!

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    1. Ouch! I think my attempt at humor may have been a tad too subtle! Or non-existant! I certainly have fond memories and tried to instill those feeling in my children. Thanks for commenting Joe.

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  3. Yes! Hangover remedies! I'm already a little scared lol

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    1. I think it all depends on what you have planned. If these activities are likely to cause you to have a hangover (relatives alone could cause this reaction) then I'd be scared too! Anyway, try to have fun! Thanks Kim. I'm glad you are becoming a Trifecta regular.

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  4. Thoughtful post.
    P.S. Congratulations :)

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    1. I nominated you for a Liebster award here:
      http://scraps-from-life.blogspot.in/2012/12/thanks-for-liebster-award.html

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  5. ha no i thought this was hilarious :-) I have the same "blessings" it seems

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  6. Haha!! Good advice not just at this very special time of year but all year round, day in and day out . . . Ho . . . sigh . . . Ho . . . sigh . . . Ho . . .

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    1. I hadn't thought of it, but you're right! Thanks Linda. Ho ha ha ho!

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  7. Much nicer than mine, I am a Scrooge or Grinch. I can't wait until it is over. LOL!

    Wordpress doesn't like this one, have to use Google again.

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    1. But yours had a heartwarming ending. I liked it a lot! Thanks Tessa!

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  8. I will definitely be indulging in the overeating part.

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  9. The M~A~G~I~C of Christmas resides in tiny sticky fingers grasping for the next package from the pile amid "oohs" and "aahs."

    As adults . . . most of the M~A~G~I~C is missing. Probably because we see the bills, and have to entertain the troops, and already have MORE than ENOUGH.

    Good post, lumdog.

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  10. Without the fond memories it would be hard to enjoy the present.

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    1. I was writing with tongue in cheek. I cherish my memories. Thanks Bo.

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  11. Manage expectations indeed! This made me laugh. And congrats on the 'heal' win! Happy Holidays..

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the congrats Steph.

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  12. I like the matter-of-fact, authentic, commonsense tone. That lack of sentimentalism makes it very credible.

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