A lot of times I wonder where the term originated from. Freedictionary.com defines it as the flurry of activity during Christmas… La actividad frenetica de las Navidades… Okay, I was just trying to sound smart. I got that from the online free dictionary, as well.
Perhaps the term was coined because this phenomenon is universal. For some reason, the season just seems to give everyone a dose of adrenaline boost. All of a sudden, there’s so much to do… presents to buy (and wrap), Christmas parties to attend, work to finish before the Christmas/New Year break… Everybody’s on the go. Stressed. Happily stressed? It depends on the person, really.
Shopping and Wrapping
Months back, I told myself I will not take part in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and preparations. I made a Christmas shopping list early on so I’ll have time to prepare. I think I did pretty well for the most part… finished shopping early enough. Or so I thought. Yesterday I found myself at the mall still buying some stuff.
Worse, I paced myself in wrapping gifts (I personally do the wrapping because it’s somewhat therapeutic for me)… so for the past three nights, I have been sleeping past 1am because I was wrapping. Pardon the analogy, but at some point last night I was beginning to compare the unwrapped gifts to the loaves of bread — they never ran out.
We have family reunions, we have the Christmas midnight get together, reunion with friends… lunches and dinners. There is an overabundance of food. Not that I am complaining because I do love getting together with family and friends. But planning for those get togethers can be really taxing, too. I have yet to finalize the menu for the Christmas dinner and family lunch that I will be hosting. (…and right this moment I am asking myself what I’m doing in front of the computer when I still don’t know what to feed my guests in the coming days…) Like I said earlier, STRESS…
To add to the neverending activities for this season, I was invited to an office Christmas party. It’s imperative that I attend… and they even gave me a role (I’ll be a judge of an activity). I know it’s going to be a fun night. The only catch is, it’s a themed party… and everyone had to come in a costume. And that included ME.
The theme is “Comic Book Villain.” Great, I had to add finding a female villain costume to my list of things to do. So I did what I do best when I needed an idea… I googled.
Female villain, hmmm… I did Catwoman years ago in my past life, so scrap that. Poison Ivy — where will I get the red hair?? Oh, and the body that will go with the green leotard?! Scrap that, as well. The Evil Queen in Snow White or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. (Are they even comic book characters?) But didn’t I blog before that I WANTED to be Snow White — and not the Evil Queen?? I told myself, though, that if I don’t find a character I would like, I’d dress up as the Evil Queen — grudgingly so.
And then I found her… Lady Deathstrike.
Former lover of Wolverine turned evil. In that skin tight, all black leather outfit of hers, she’s a sight to behold! Fine, I don’t have skin tight leather outfit (nor the body for that, as well), but I have black skinny jeans… I can improvise. And the hair. I can do that — or at least, ask someone to do my hair just like that. I can do my make up. Piece of cake. The only semi-difficult part would be finding the claws — which I ended up making myself (with bond paper, silver poster paint and lots of imagination)…
… and lastly, a pair of leather boots! Now I have every reason to get myself a pair.
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Now that I think about it, I just realized that I got my Halloween “I-want-to-wear-a-costume” wish for Christmas… Amazing!
Forget the rush, forget the hustle and bustle… I know tomorrow and in the coming days I will be running around like the White Rabbit again, making last minute preparations for Christmas dinner (and everything else). But tonight I will have fun channeling Lady Deathstrike.
I am happily stressed… and I do love the season!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!
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photo credits: Carousel via weheartit.com, Lady Deathstrike via google images. Ralph Lauren leather boots via google images (though I so wish they were mine!!)