Christmas comes but once a year; chaos never ends! Happy Halloween, merry Christmas and joyful Lumpy Rug Day. We didn’t make that up. Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated every May 3, though “celebrated” might be too strong a word. It’s the American way to create a celebration for everything, then turn it into a chore or worse, a nightmare. ’Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate is a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters.
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Like a lot of people, one of my daily habits is to scroll social media. No matter how many times I tell myself, I slip into the rabbit hole of comparison. Am I doing enough? Am I being enough? Do others believe I'm enough? This is amplified when it's the holiday season (traditionally from Halloween through New Year's).
I see people fretting over not being able to find their Elves, missing a day of their "25 Outfits/Pajamas" of Christmas, and so many other similar things. I completely understand the nostalgia of tradition; however, I don't believe any of those material things are what your kids will remember when they grow older. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this, then I highly suggest you grab a copy of this book. Take the time reading through an essay or two at a time. You'll roll your eyes (a lot!), laugh, and shake your head at yourself when you realize how much you fit in with the crazy of the holidays.
One of my most common personality traits is my choice of frequent sarcasm. I could relate on numerous levels and found myself saying "YES!! THIS!!" so many times. If you're easily offended, well, you probably should read this book at least three times. It is truly a gift of laughter, humor, and a wake up call that we do not have to do it all!
I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Meet the Author:
Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of four books of humorous essays. She’s the 2022 global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers Competition, sponsored in part by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of though she’s not on it—yet.
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