Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is It Over Yet


Will somebody please turn off the lights?

I'm talking about the Christmas lights, all of them, so the holidays can finally be OVER. I'm tired, I have a bad cold, dishpan hands and a huge headache. I've had enough. So I'm asking really, really nice to please, turn 'em off.

My neighbor's house across the street is still till ablaze with flashing, blinking, musical lights 24/7. There are so many lights in their yard that I can see their reindeer's reflection in my living room tv screen. My next door neighbor's house is still covered in all red lights so it resembles Santa's brothel. It's hard to miss. And the house on the other side of me is decorated with this....

No lights, but come on. It's time to take the nearly dead wreath off the Porta Potty. Come to think of it, the Potty's been there for seven months making it time to lose it all together don't you think!

The mall can remove their countless miles of decorations and lights too. Yes, the Santa photography booth has gone dark but the glowing, animated, singing angels gotta go. They've worked hard since October and deserve to have their plugs pulled. Same goes for the caroling snowmen and dancing gingerbread guys.

It's time. Can we just give it a rest?

Of course I realize the moment the Christmas plug is pulled, Hallmark will replace it with Valentine decorations and promotions but that's okay with me. Those decorations don't usually light up, sing or dance around. Valentine's Day is a kinder, quieter, trumped up holiday that I'm usually very successful at ignoring.

So what do you say? Can we lose the lights-- pretty please.

Have you had enough of the holidays?
Welcome to The Fifty Factor - Joanna

76 comments:

  1. Sorry your not feeling well. Soon the lights will all be gone. I am going to take everything down on the 2nd. I am not a big one for flashing lights at any time. I think they encourage my Cataplexy spells. I get bad headaches from them too, so I do know what you mean. I am excited about the New Year....so were almost there my friend. I hope you feel better soon.

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  2. I hope you feel better soon. I won;t start feeling better until the 11th - that's when the last of the kids go back to school! God save me from teenagers, I don't think I am gonna survive these last few teens in my house!!

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  3. Already holiday fatigue? Who can blame you.
    Have a wonderful New Year, with new hopes and new beginnings.

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  4. Here I thought I had done went and seen it all but I have never seen a port~a~potty a sportin' a Christmas decoration. Too funny!

    I'm so sorry your not feelin' well. I'm praying God's healing touch upon you. Grab a blankie, a nice hot cup of tea, a good book and for heavens sake close your curtains!!!!

    Have a wonderful New Year Joanna

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  5. Hmm...that headache's really getting to you isn't it? ;)

    About the only aspect of Christmas I actually *like* is all the lights but I think even I draw the line at 'Santa's Brothel' next door. Too many red lights are not a good look. Anywhere. Anytime. As for the portaloo joke - I can see that wearing thin in about a day. :D

    Crumbs. I hope you feel better soon. Bummer of a time to be struck down...turn of the new year 'n all that.

    Hope 2010 is a good one for you. x

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  6. feel better. i take everything down the day after

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  7. Ouch, you do sound like you have a cold, Joanna. Sorry you aren't feeling well. But the way you describe all the neighbors lights it would be about time for them to be turned off now for sure. Take care.

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  8. hope you feel better soon. yeah, i am done with this holiday...valentines sounds wonderful...lots of...well...

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  9. Our neighbor didn't have to put his up this year....because he never took them down. Thank goodness he didn't turn them on until November! I am always done with Christmas when I wake up on December 26th. I'm ready for spring!

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  10. Sorry you are a bit below par, Joanna.
    Yes I agree Christmas is way overdone and we have lost the real meaning if it to commercialism.
    Never mind - all the crazy New Year's Sales are about to start with frinzied people stampeeding to save a few bucks - I'd rather live a bit longer.
    Happy New Year and I am so pleased to have met you ~ Eddie x

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  11. It is ridiculous how they start cramming holidays down our throats earlier & earlier each year. I think I saw something at the store the other day for St. Pat's. Enough is enough!!

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  12. Nope, our decorations are staying up 'til after New Years. Sorry, but that's just the way we roll. Of course, we never got around to putting up any lights outside anyway, so I doubt we'll be annoying anyone but the dog.

    Just close the blinds and stay inside until the cold's gone. By the time you emerge, they might have moved on to Easter already.

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  13. Fighting a headache as well, and those blinking lights put me over th edge. Feeling you, my sister.

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  14. I'm OK with lights until New Years. Then they have to go.

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  15. The wreath on the porta potty is hilarious!

    Although, probably not so much when you live across the street from it. :(

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  16. Te musical ones are especially annoying... I'm glad it's over. Put it back in the box, people.

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  18. Normally I would say no way! but after a year like this I am like hell ya!!! I hate Valentine's day too,.. I won't celebrate until St.Pats day

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  19. Get well soon, sweetie!

    Maybe what you have is just a Christmas Hangover. I have just the thing for that. And it's called St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage. It'll knock that Christmas bug right of you.

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  20. I'm with you on this, Joanna. I love Christmas, but when it's over, it's over. I usually like to have our Christmas tree at the curb by the 27th, but I've been too sick to get to it. I'm going to try to get it taken care of this evening because I want to scream every time I look at it!

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  21. Amen, sistah. I could take the lights down on the evening of December 25...but mine are still up because I have company coming for New Year's.....at least they're good friends so all I have to do is clean the bathrooms, put out the vodka and call it a night!

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  22. I'm with you. Normally I love Christmas...lights and all but not so much his year. I would have packed it all up 3 days ago but for my daughter and her husband who are coming New Years Eve for our Christmas together. That's one problem of having spouses...we have to take turns having our children for Xmas. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  23. I expect Christmas to be totally cleared away by Jan. 5th. No idea why I have such an arbitrary date, but there it is.

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  24. Flashing lights are no good when you have a cold and a headache! Actually I'm not a fan of flashing lights ever.
    My lights are off, the tree is down and life is back to normal!
    PS - hope you are feeling better!

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  25. No. The lights don't come down until January 6th (the day of the epiphany)

    or

    until the snow melts cause I'm not freezing my butt off to remove my house lights.

    which ever comes first ;)

    Happy New Year JJ!

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  26. I'm fully decorated until after New Year's and then it's just a matter of working up the WILL to take everything down...

    I was sick, first with the Swine Flu (squeeeeeeeeee!) and then with a head cold pretty much from end of November up to Christmas, so I'm feeling pretty good over here!

    Pearl

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  27. Happy New Year, Joanna. Take a deep breath, let it out slowly ... ahhhhh. Just a few more days and it will all be oh so over. Yippee yi yay. Perhaps a potato gun to take pot shots at that hideous porta loo across the road that I imagine wore out it's welcome many moons ago? Or perhaps an invitation to Mr Bin Laden to come and blow it up for you!?!?

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  28. You ARE so my kind of gal. The first year we were married I shocked my love by taking the decorations down the day after Christmas as he stood with his mouth open- I said it is over- until next year, lets move on. Now he automatically starts to bring the boxes up 19 years later. Smile... I hope you feel better tomorrow to ring in the new year my friend. xo

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  29. I hear ya! I've got a neighbor across the street that even has a live Santa who visits every night for the week leading up to Christmas. The yard decor is over the top, the traffic is like a freeway and the music is blasting from dusk to 11pm each night. I'm over it. But not to worry, I was in the local drug store yesterday and the Valentine's Day cards are already on sale sigh. I think retailers have holiday ADHD...

    Feel better!

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  30. What? Is the Christmas over? What's the next holiday?

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  31. Oh Joanna, I do hope you feel better tomorrow. It's never fun to be sick on NYE. But, I agree...it's time for the lights to go and the champagne to flow!

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  32. Being Jewish does have it's advantages.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  33. Seven months that port a potty has been sitting there???? Eeeks.

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  34. Tree down...check. Outside lights down...check. Lighted candy canes down...check. Decorations boxed and put away...check. I'm with you, when it's over, its over. Who needs a port-a-potty for 7 months? Egad! I do hope you feel better soon, Joanna.

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  35. Maybe those red lights of Santa's brothel are really gonna stay through Valentine's day. Now wouldn't that be funny. . . then on Feb. 15th, they turn blue for a blue light special. . . LOL

    Oh I gotta quit with these comments.

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  36. I hope the lights come down soon--although if it were our house, I'd be lucky to get hubs to take them down by Valentine's Day!

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  37. What's up with the Porta Loo? Buggar the lights I would want the toilet gone.
    I like that they have decorated it!

    Christmas here in my neck of the woods is pretty low key though there are some areas that go all out with lights and noise, which are nice to visit, but yes it's lovely to come home to low key.

    best wishes for the coming year without lights :)
    Ribbon

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  38. I've got a cold too so I feel your agony with the whole flashing lights thing but ...at the end of the day, I love Christmas and I'll stick with it til the end of the year. Then on the 2nd, THAT'S IT!!No waiting for the 12 days of Christmas to be up.
    Love your blog by the way. Hope you feel better soon.
    Happy New Year!

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  39. The reindeer reflecting in your tv screen. bahaha. The porta potty...wtf?! :)

    Since I never fully got into the season this year I'll be glad to see it go. But I loathe valentine's day...can we just skip to summer?

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  40. No lights on our house anyway... but many of the neighbours will have me cursing as spring looms.
    We stay in 12 days of Christmas mode , but we don't put it up until way after most people so it's okay.

    Hope you are feeling better, Joanna, and Happy New Year to you.

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  41. I'm with you, Joanna. I went grocery shopping yesterday, and they still had xmas music playing. A song came on about "Let's do it all again" and I was thinking, over my dead body, dude.

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  42. I thought the celebration will go on till after new year.

    I do not like lights. I prefer to celebrate in the dark.

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  43. My more sedate neighbors were not much in the mood I guess and I only had one string of light around my carport entrance. Two houses down though they were one of those overdone
    kind. you know the ones, with a disney merry go round, candy canes, lights, the guiding light star in the tree and then there is the cross. I hate it when people just grab one of everything and throw it all in the yard. no theme, just trying to have the most and the more the junkier!! The only good thing is you could see it 7 block away so you sure couldn't miss the turn.

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  44. I'd say 90% of my stuff is down already, and all of the lights. I'm over it already!

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  45. But I'm too tired to put them away.

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  46. I so know what you mean... I'll be taking everything down before the weekend so that when Monday comes around (and we're back at work) every things will be store away for another year...

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  47. 46 comments already??? You are one popular girl Joanna.
    I have a string of hearts necklace that does a twinkly light thing when you turn it on. Yup, lights for Valentine's. :)

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  48. We took our Christmas lights down the day after Christmas. And our tree has been tucked away back into the garage.

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  49. I agree...time to take down the lights!! Feel better!!

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  50. I have to tell you I love the lights! Always wished my house roof was lower so I could use a normal ladder to put lights up, but no luck, and no lights.

    I hope you feel better soon! Headaches and lights and music are not a good mix!

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  51. I am more than done myself. Time to move on. What the heck? A Holly Johnny Christmas? Never thought about decorating the Port-a-Potty.
    Sending you healing energy!

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  52. In Sweden, decorations come down mid-Jan... Most things are pretty low-key over here so no reindeer in our faces or Santa brothels yet...

    Keep well and here's to a lights-free new year!

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  53. You can hate me now....I love the lights and the music and glitter!! Mine stays up until Feb.! I know..I am a pathetic creature of the Christmas holidays!! LOL!! I don't have outside lights though...so I do spare my neighbors my addiction.
    2K10 is going to be terrific!! I just know it. So hang on to your shorts...it is going to be a wonderful ride!!
    Happy New Year
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  54. Oh honey, I know you have health challenges and I hope you feel better. Everything physical can be magnified by lupus.

    We had Christmas packed up by 11:15 am on Dec. 26th. I personally can't understand why the rest of the world doesn't embrace the 'when it's over, it's over' philosophy! (Not that I think my way is the best way, or anything....)

    The port O potty there for 7 months is because of construction, I hope?

    The brothel next door is, um , interesting. My favorite color is red, but I've never thought red lights a Christmas theme. It's so very Amsterdam.....

    Happy New Year! Rest up!

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  55. Happy New Year my friend!! oxoxoxo

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  56. I will personally help you stamp on the fairly lights! lol. After 5 days of being in confined rooms with 14 family members I have been thankful to get back to work!

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  57. Hope you feel better soon. And I wanted my lights down the next day. We kept them up for a party we had Sunday night but Monday am...GONE.

    And bring on Vday!

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  58. My cousin's neighbor had these lights and christmas music playing so loud that I could hear it while I was in my cousin's living room! That would make me insane!

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  59. Oh, Joanna, you make me laugh out loud! We have a few Santa's brothels around this neighborhood, too.

    Hope you feel better soon and have a nice, quiet, Christmas-light-free New Year's!

    Will be back, I must read more!

    Lidian

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  60. I love the Christmas lights, but I'm talking the tasteful ones. It brightens a very dreary winter night, but then again, I don't have neighbors with annoying musical lights or ones that conjures up the song Roxanne by the Police.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    btw, what's with the port-a-john?

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  61. Casa Hice bringing up the rear with comment #62!

    I'm so timely, aren't I, Joanna? Somehow I think {hope, pray} you forgive me.

    Now... about your rant! Sounds like you're just as ticked off with the lingering of Christmas ornamentation and lights as I am of their pre-maturity before Thanksgiving. And justifiably so! I'm happy to report (and you will be delighted to know) that Casa Hice is completely devoid of any holiday remnants. It's the Larry Hice law of removing all decorations prior to New Year's Day. We outdid ourselves this year and had everything down two days ago, just to be safe. LOL.

    By the way... we ordered National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from NetFlix and watched it on Christmas Eve. I've seen it dozens of times and it never gets old. That movie was Randy Quaid's shining moment! He still makes me howl all these years later. And you - my dear, with your Christmas fluster - are the spitting image of Margo Chester as played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

    Have a glass of wine... it will all be over soon.

    Love and kisses and very happy warm wishes for an especially wonderful 2010 - complete with non-sliding pool! Love you Joanna!

    ♥ Alix

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  62. I never had mine up! Have a great New Year, Joanna - all the very best to you and yours.

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  63. Thanks for the good laugh! The wreath on the portapotty was priceless!

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  64. Okay, I took my tree down two days after Christmas!! Tired of the needles and haven't had the outdoor lights on since. You're right, enough all ready, lets look ahead to 2010!

    Happy New Year to you and yours and all the best 2010 has to offer!

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  65. I agree. Putting a wreath on a porta potty doesn't make it a composting toilet. It's still a porta potty. And who in their right mind uses one when the snow flies? Brrrr!

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  66. Ah, Joanna, so happy to have met you in 2009. It'll be over very very very soon. HNYE and may your 2K10 be fan-frikkin-tastic.

    Cheers,

    SLC

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  67. Of course lets lose the lights. I hate holidays like this - they just let others spend like fools

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  68. Oh please, kill the bloomin' lights. Enough already. I am with you completely. I will admit that the porta-potty complete with wreath has tickled my fancy, though.

    Have a very happy new Year!!

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  69. Don't they know you're unwell darling...and that we all like a bit of shush and dim lighting when were feelin fragile...
    ps feelin a tad guilty...we had a porta look here because of a broken security gate and a guard has to come and patrol it in the dark hours...sadly it didn;t even occur to me to 'wreath' it!

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  70. Are you serious? After the being bossed around for six hours and swearing under my breath and the arguing and the drafting of divorce papers to get those STUPID lights up, you think I'm gonna let go of them THAT easily!? Ha ha! ;) Seriously hope you feel better soon, and have a wonderful Happy and Healthy New Year!

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  71. OK, OK! I'll take down the tree already!

    Get better soon! You sure are cranky when you're sick!

    Seriously, I hope you feel better.

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  72. I hate Christmas. I got it drunk, took advantage of it, then kicked it's butt to the curb!

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  73. Lol at the wreath on the porta potty. Is that seriously outside your house?

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  74. Lol at the wreath on the porta potty. Is that seriously outside your house?

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