Happy Halloween! I hope that if you have any big Halloween plans, you are able to enjoy them. For those of you on the east coast, I’m hoping that Sandy hasn’t flushed your plans down the drain. We don’t have anything planned. No trick or treating, passing out candy, or Halloween parties. But I think we’ll probably watch a scary movie. (I’m hoping for The Naked Jungle. It’s not your average horror movie; it stars Charlton Heston, and the killer ants. Pretty rad.)
(Note to self: Google “the naked jungle” with extreme caution.)
When it comes to holidays, this year feels so different from every other year. The only thing different is that last year Stephen was deployed. Still, every holiday seems more meaningful, more important, more special.
Stephen loves pretty much all holidays. His joy is child-like, and it’s contagious. When Stephen goes head over heels for a holiday, I follow suit.
Without him, I’m pretty much a Scrooge. No decorations, no parties, no holiday music. I could pretty much care less. (Enter: Thanksgiving 2011. It sucked donkey balls, pardon my French.) This year we are re-experiencing all the holidays. Him, after a time spent sans holidays. Me, with a renewed appreciation. Sure, some of this holiday stuff is pointless or frivolous, but it’s pointless stuff that I fully intend on enjoying. I’m embracing all things cheesy, cliché, and yes, pointless.
So even though we have nothing special in mind for Halloween, it feels very festive. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s aren’t far behind. I’m ready for decorations! Songs! Holiday foods! In fact, we already have our Thanksgiving turkey. (That’s how we roll.)
So what are your Halloween plans? Any fellow fans of The Naked Jungle? Are you gung-ho over holidays or are you a Scrooge?*