6 Freaky Questions About Halloween
I was pleasantly surprised when I unloaded three bins of Halloween decor two weeks ago. I had completely forgotten that I had stored away all of the half-off items that I bought last year for the thoughtful pinches that I would give out this year! It was one of those times that I was so grateful that my past self thought about my future self. Lol.
Now all have to do is check the list of recipients and decide on how to wrap them. What a great feeling to be pretty much done with the Halloween gifts…
…until the FREAK in me starts thinking about things like:
1. Do we give the kids in my son’s class thoughtful pinches?
2. Should we give my daughter’s middle-schooler gal pals Halloween pinches or will that start a gift-giving obligation? Meaning, we’ll start with Halloween then will we have to give pinches for Thanksgiving, Xmas, V-Day etc.
3. Are we going to give out regular size candy bars since we don’t get more than 50 trick or treaters?
4. What about the trick or treaters with nut and dairy allergies?
5. What am I going to give my family members?
I can’t tell you what I got my family (in case the hub or my daughter read the post) but the short answer is that I didn’t get them any candy. Gifts for family members can be as big or as small as we want them to be. The gifts may not be extraordinary but they are special because they’re available in the colors of orange or black or the item is fun because it enhances the spirit of the holiday.
6. What is the final date that I need to send out the thoughtful pinches to our out-of-state family so that the packages make it on time and I won’t have to pay overnight fees?
If I send things by October 24th then I won’t have to pay the “gun to my head” Express or Priority price tag. My intention is always to send packages via regular postage. Realistically, my end date is probably Oct 27th which means I’ll end up paying Priority rates. If the recipients get the pinches on Halloween then I can pat myself on the back for making it on time. But I’ve noticed that since there’s already so much going on, the pinches don’t have the same effect due to all the celebratory frenzy. I strive to be more like Jay-Jay; she’s a pro*. She never runs into that problem because her packages are sent many days in advance. Those of us who receive her pinches get to enjoy them with plenty of time.
This is going to sound totally lame but I checked my past blog entries to find answers to some of my own questions above. Once again, I was grateful for my past self to think about my future self. Lol. The good news is that in the blog entry It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… I got answers to three out of the six questions above. The bad news is that I realized I wasn’t even close to being done with the Halloween thoughtful pinches. Fortunately I had a good chunk purchased last year and those were ready to go this year.
Now chances are, the six freaky questions that went thru my head are not the six questions that you had in mind. In fact, giving candy to trick or treaters is the extent to what most would think about when it comes to Halloween. I shared these six questions with you so that you could have a peek at a FREAK. There you have it; I am different! I am unable to turn my brain or my heart off because I think about questions like these for almost every holiday.
However, just because I’m like this, doesn’t mean I judge others who aren’t like me. The fact is every holiday could be celebrated or NOT. And every holiday could be an opportunity to show thoughtfulness or NOT. In both statements, the “not” doesn’t necessarily mean BAHUMBUG or KILL-JOY or MEAN-SPIRITED. On the contrary, “not” can represent: A) Saying “no” when you have much too much going on. B) Not spending money that you don’t have on gifts. C) Choosing to live in the moment instead of running around buying things and mailing out packages. D) Celebrating the holidays the way you feel most comfortable. All of those reasons are valid and truly admirable. I’m just FREAKY!
*I cannot wait to explain more about pro. Just waiting on my trademark approval.