Christmas came and went as quickly as it always does, and what were we left with? A blizzard, it would seem. Now I am left with a whole lot of free time, and not a lot to do. Sleeping gets old.
So far this morning I’ve read about the history of wine (becoming an effete is no small feat, and requires training…plus the book was a gift to me dad, and since he can’t get to it yet, I thought I’d review the book first). I also watched “La Strada,” a heart-wrenching movie from Federico Fellino that left me yearning for those “good ol’ days” when movies were made with intellect and heart. And only one car blew up, which would be way below the average of today’s movies.
If you’re wondering what to do during this time of the year, read my article here, that gives the youth of today a new way to get into the spirit of winter break without partaking in old-timey traditions. Who even knows how to roast chestnuts on an open fire? Doesn’t that sound dangerous?
We all experience it. After the initial joy of returning home to family and good food and old friends, boredom sets in. How can a young adult push off this ennui? Here are a few modern day tips that don’t involve figgy pudding or chestnuts on an open fire.
My parents' idea of a fun-filled evening. Aren't they adorable?
1) Instagram Nature Walk: It’s snowing, or just snowed, and it’s beautiful outside. You know who would really appreciate this? All of your friends on facebook and twitter! Take your iPhone with you on a walk, and after a few hours of editing (would this snow look more hip in sepia or black-and-white?) the world will rejoice at your artistry.
2) Spotify Playlist: Music is the best way to make any dull activity exciting. Washing all of the dishes from Christmas dinner? Throw on some good tunes and it’s a party! Spotify lets you select the classics (Greensleeves never gets old) or some new favorites prized for their novelty (Straight No Chaser’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” would be my pick).
3) Post-Christmas Shopping: Since most people receive some sort of gift card as a present, that means they have to run that errand to find the gift their “loved one” wasn’t able to pick out (She likes shoes, I think. Or clothes. Groceries? Here’s a Target gift card!) Just be careful on the roads, they’re slick.
Monnnnnney Money Money. It’s the catcall of the season. How much are people spending? they ask. Will it boost the economy? they ask. We best be shelling out enough, or else the economy will feel it, and then so will we. Tonight, on Christmas Eve, the mania will extend till the 11th hour. It is endless. All consuming. An estimated $460 billion spent this season.
A Shrine to Caring (And Capitalism)
Yet every year, the nation acts surprised and horrified by the antics of our shoppers. The stories are consistently malicious. How far are people willing to go to procure that last Furbie? (This is not a recent trend.)
The coverage of these events is justified in its outrage, yet willing to make an about-face in worrying over the state of our economy. This dichotomy in coverage reveals a fundamental conflict in the minds of Americans: spend, or else we’ll be hurt; don’t hurt people while you spend, that’s barbaric. It is frightening to acknowledge that the same system that protects us threatens our humanness. Does an Xbox really matter more than the man trampled, or the people pepper-sprayed?