Stick out Your Tongue and Say Ahhhh, Christmas!

Folks who know me know I usually get sick right after Thanksgiving.  This year I jumped the gun a week and got sick before Turkey Day.  And, I’ve been sick ever since.  I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone with my fever, aches, sniffles and lung-tossing coughs.  Everywhere I go, people are hacking and coughing, wheezing and looking like death warmed over on a soda cracker.  This morning my church sanctuary sounded like a tuberculosis ward with me leading the chorus.

What is it about this time of year here in the Midwest that we all suffer so with sinus infections, colds and flu?  I think it’s a stress response to the dreaded thought of Christmas shopping.  Can’t face the crowds if you’re in bed with your 20th box of Kleenex, huh?  Every time I turn on the tv I’m reminded of how many more shopping days I have.  More stress — another round of violent sneezes.  Plus, the decorating — good grief it’s taking me forever just to get the Christmas tree finished.  My dining room looks like the Christmas Department of WalMart was nuked — decorations and wrapping paper everywhere.  It’s not a dining room — it’s a Christmas triage.  Even being retired, I don’t have enough time for all the shopping, wrapping, baking.   So, I’m taking a drastic step – I see no other way out.  Next year, I’m going to be Jewish. 

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