Jump Start Your Brain: Holiday Humbug

JumpstartGood morning, Modern Philosophers.  Happy Saturday!

I don’t know what the butler slipped into my evening tea, but it must have been powerful stuff, because I slept until 11:30.  Madness I tell you!

I definitely need to jump start my brain because I want to go back to sleep, and that would just be unacceptable.  So I’m going to hook up my brain to this 1000 volt battery of Deep Thoughts, and jolt myself into the Land of the Wide Awake.

Anyone else need a hit?

What’s the deal with people who get all grumpy about the Holidays?  Did they not get the memo that this is the happiest time of year?  Are they this miserable all the time, or do the Holidays just bring out their inner Scrooge?

How could you not get a bump of positivity during the Holiday Season?  I can be kind of Bah Humbug during the other 11 months of the year, but if I can put on my Holiday happy face, why can’t the rest of the world?  Are they doing it to upset me?  Do they want to drag me down to their Grinchy levels?

Why would anyone want to risk Santa Claus’ wrath?  Are they trying to collect coal so they don’t have to pay for heating oil?  Do they like being branded as Naughty?  Why would someone not want to be on the Nice List this time of year?

Doesn’t the Holiday Spirit infect everyone?  Did someone develop a vaccine against it?  If they did, why would anyone want that shot?  Why does it surprise me that a Holiday Scrooge Grinch would love needles?

Seriously, though, how can anyone be in a bad mood this time of year?  Don’t all the lights, the music, the idea of gift giving, and all the yummy Holiday treats force a smile onto your face?  Who would fight the jolly?  Why are there Holiday Humbugs out there?

Life is just full of unanswerable questions.  This is the kind of thing a Modern Philosopher lives for…a conundrum to put the Deep Thoughts to work and to wake up the brain.

My brain is up and running now.  Hope yours is, too.  Happy Holidays!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Jump Start Your Brain: Holiday Humbug

  1. I am not grumpy… about these stupid, overhyped, shop till you drop, corporate-sponsored, tinsel encrusted, credit-ruining, drunk-fest, ugly-sweater, freeze my ass off days of joy and festivity… how dare you say that!
    (HA?)

  2. I won’t go near the mall because I cannot stand hearing holiday music played at a break-neck tempo. I guess they want people to move faster and buy more in a shorter period of time.
    I made up some lyrics to the accelerated tune of “Jingle Bells” :
    Christmas Greed, Christmas Greed–
    How much can I buy?
    I’m celebrating Christmas….
    I can’t remember why….Ooooooh…
    (and it goes on from there).
    So, you can wrap me in the same glittering category box as “Grumpo” above!

  3. floridaborne says:

    The kids used to love it, just like I did as a kid. But I much prefer a quiet day with family being thankful for my blessings.

    It’s usually fun to answer your questions, but I’m feeling more than my share of grumpy today. The blog answering your questions will have to wait until tomorrow, that is if I’m still here tomorrow. 😦

    • Austin says:

      Oh, don’t be so down! The Holidays are a grumbly time of year for me, but I let the Holiday Spirit possess me and put me in a better mood. You should try it. Honestly, it works. 🙂

      • floridaborne says:

        You’re a great guy with a good blog. My blog is more than a little ranty today. I have to wait until I’ve cooled down and my sense of humor decides it’s safe to come home before attempting to be light-hearted.

      • Austin says:

        Gotcha. I just ranted, too, about the Yankees losing a great player. Of course, I turned it into a Christmas post, but still, the ranting is there!

  4. ksbeth says:

    some people are overcome with a sensory and joyful overload )

  5. gimpet says:

    The holidays can cause persons who already stuggle with disconnection from others to become more so as they see everyone else around them celebrate and they are in the cold, so to say. Some are destitute with no funds to give gifts to those they love, or cant even put food on the table let alone a tree or nice meal. The holidays are for those who are “in”; in the money, in the mood, in the circles. While I am not bah-humbug, I have had many crisis recently that leaves me feeling like I cant do one more thing.

  6. floridaborne says:

    Answer is on my blog. Too big to put here. 🙂

  7. I actually love it when people say ‘humbug.’ It reminds me of my grandpa who said it year round and died just before last Christmas.

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