Holidaze Rant


Magazines have been shouting at me the best ways to prepare for and celebrate the holidaze for months now.  However, I don’t have time to read their advice because I am list-making, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, hanging lights, list-checking and searching for money.

As I picked up my son’s latest, If It Moves, Kill It magazine, I noticed yet another holiday injustice.   The “men’s” magazines do not dwell on holiday preparations … There are no titles along the lines of:

  • How to decorate for deer-camp on a dime.
  • Three-month checklist for preparing for the best hunting season ever.
  • Recipes you must make with ingredients you have never heard of, let alone know where to buy kill.
  • Make ice-fishing memories with your kids by trying these cute ice-cutter designs!
  • Stress-free deer stands!
  • How to shop for bargain bullets.
  • How to build muscle using proper lifting techniques of Christmas shopping purchases.
  • Proper etiquette for those tricky questions asked at deer-camp.
  • Decorating a deer stand like never before!
  • What to wear for every hunting occasion!
  • Holidaze sports television schedules for everyone.
  • Ankle or knee-high insulated camo boots for this season?

As I ponder these differences, I am glad I haven’t had time to read my magazines.  They would have stressed me out over all the preparations I am either A) doing incorrectly or B) not doing at all.

There are holidaze lessons to be learned from my men, now that I think about it:

  • If you enjoy it; do it.
  • If you don’t enjoy it; sleep in.
  • Last-minute preparations can provide a rush.
  • Family and friends.
  • Who cares what the house/shed/garage/camp looks like?
  • Dress for the weather/comfort – not to impress.
  • If they don’t eat what you have, they’ll survive.
  • Beer.  The brand really doesn’t matter.  Nor does the container.  Beer is about camaraderie.
  • “Bring-your-own” is a perfectly acceptable philosophy.

I have one last holiday tip before I close my rant.  Beat them to the punch.  Before they can ask the question, “What are we having for dinner?” … ask them that question!!


Last year’s holidaze rant can be read here:  https://justmakethecoffee.com/2012/12/27/santa-is-a-woman/ 

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13 Responses to Holidaze Rant

  1. Tracy says:

    Yea…its rush, rush and rush. Ready for 2014 already!

  2. cecilia says:

    ha ha ha ha a ha, that was just stunning, I can just see it. you should write that article and send it to a mens mag during the run up to next years christmas, What a laugh that would be! You have a great imagination, now I had better imagine myself out of the kitchen before i get asked THAT question! RUN!! c

  3. dayphoto says:

    I SO agree with Cecilia…you gave me a great smile and a loud chuckle!!

    Merry Christmas!!!


  4. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    Bwahahahaha, the men’s hunting magazine omissions was hysterical. It makes women’s magazines all the more comical. Merry Christmas!

  5. pattisj says:

    So true! I avoid magazines–who needs them with the internet? 😉

  6. This year I followed my husband’s philosophy about Christmas prep and it’s been very relaxing. It didn’t have that same “Christmasy” feel but they say sometimes the things your comfortable doing aren’t necessarily the healthiest things. I think I’ll give the guy version a try again next year to get used to it. BTW, everyone seemed fine with the new more relaxed holiday 🙂

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