It is playing in my headphone as I write this post, however to some it too early.  As a parent, we have already started to think about it.  In fact, we have been thinking about it for a couple months now.  Deciding what this year’s theme would be.  In fact, as the Rookie was playing with his new Lego set, he started to hum, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Yeah that’s right, Christmas.  And to be honest, I am not sorry if that song will be stuck in your head for the next two months.

Holidays - The Rookie Dad

It was not even a day after Halloween that I heard my first Christmas song on the radio.  As long as the radio stations wait until after Halloween I am fine.  It is kind of selfish of me because Halloween is my birthday and growing up, I always felt like the holiday overshadowed my birthday and I didn’t want something else to keep people from thinking about it.  I can’t even remember what the song was but it made me smile.  A feeling a joy rushed over me.  Then I looked down at my Starbucks cup, realizing that it was red signifying that the holidays are upon us.

It isn’t that I am overlooking Thanksgiving because I am not.  To me the time between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s is just one huge festive time of the year.  Having worked in TV news for five years, I have a huge appreciation for the holidays.  There were Thanksgivings I worked, I can’t the times I would spend reporting on a homicide on Christmas, and fearing for my life on New Year’s as people would shoot into the air.

I still remember the first Thanksgiving that we didn’t have to rush back to Kansas City to get back to my shift with the station.  I could actually relax and enjoy the time that I was able to spend with my family.  Sitting around a table full of food with good conversation and even better people that I couldn’t imagine spending my life without.  Tears nearly came over my face, I am not afraid to say it.

Now as the Rookie is getting older, the holidays means just that much more to me.  I want to be there as he opens up his new Lego present from Santa.  I want to be able to kiss Mrs. Rookie Dad as we introduce the New Year and wonder where that year will take us.

I’m not saying that in order to truly appreciate the holidays you need to have worked on the holidays.  In no way am I saying that.  The holidays start at different times and mean different things to people.  The holidays for me just happen to have started immediately in November.

This is the best time of the year in my opinion.  I’m excited for Thanksgiving because  I will get to spend the entire weekend with my side of the family.  Then for Christmas I’ll be able to see Santa come in and give the Rookie his gift at my in-laws.  It’s such an exciting time of the year, and it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

When do the holidays start for you?  Are you ready for them?


  1. Marvin November 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    They start for us the morning after Halloween! My wife and I have differing views, she feels Christmas doesn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving but I start humming songs the day after Halloween as well. =)

    1. The Rookie Dad November 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      In years past, I would have the same mindset as your wife, however this year is completely different. Maybe it is because where we were last year and where we are this year are completely different but part of is because as the Rookie gets older my excite for the holidays grow as quickly as it does for him as well.


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