Out of Touch: Blissfully Unaware of the Christmas Ballyhoo
This is our second Christmas on the road and, as we return to Granada for the third time in as many months from our sojourn in the Corn Islands, we realize how out of touch with the holiday season we are. This is the week before Christmas and we’ve been happily removed from the Christmas hoopla.
The weather’s hot, there are no television advertisements (indeed, no TV where we’ve been staying), no canned and cheesy Christmas carols blaring from store speakers urging us to Buy! Buy! Buy! Ads that assail (and, I have to admit) entice us everywhere we turn. Aside from the flood of email ads hawking holiday wares and specials which we delete each day we can choose to ignore the frantic commercial frenzy and preparations for the big day almost totally.
Which, and we apologize beforehand to all you Christmas season lovers, is exactly what we want. No pushing and shoving crowds, no traffic snarls, no obligatory Christmas parties where overly exuberant drinking leads to unintended consequences.
Instead, we’ll spend a quiet Christmas with a friend we met in Merida, Mexico last year and new friends we’ve met in Granada. We’ll call family to catch up on the news and activities of the day and, except for online gift cards, congratulate ourselves on our wise spending while trying hard not to miss those we love most dearly.
Seasons Greetings to all of you who read our blog. If you are a Christmas lover enjoy the holiday. If you’re not, get through it! And to all of you, our wishes for a safe and sane New Year.
By Anita and Richard, December 2013