A comparison is never good, unless you’re changing apartments and measure your personal growth by improving on square footage and amenities. But how about a comparison between holidays? We look a look at the three most popular fall and winter celebrations – that would be Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, of course, to see what personality diagnoses could result from your affection for each. Watch out – you just might recognize yourself in the notes below.
Halloween – the first episode of fun, usually marking the weather turning cold. Halloween feels like the youngest child, and makes everybody feel like a kid with a sugar rush. Jagged toothed pumpkins that glow in the dark, decorations that cover both yards and homes, costumes that hide the regular us, trick-or-treating, candy, scary movies, scary legends, and above all, the magical combination of light and darkness.
Your favorite? You must be a fun person, always up to something, planning a prank or making one happen. You can also be a serial killer. During Halloween only, hopefully.
He who enters your home, must have a strong heart because is about to witnesses the American version of Dracula’s castle with modern furniture inspired by the Adams Family’s style. You’re not the kind to keep your skeletons in the closet. How much are you spending on Halloween decorations, anyway?
A month later, Thanksgiving, promoted as the most selfless holiday, reminds us to be thankful for all good deeds done towards us. A European friend named it Celebration of Food with Food. Frankly, what else is there to do this time of year? Eat, sleep, watch football, unbuckle the belt to eat some more, remember our Founding Fathers and, gratefully, put some more food on our plate.
Your favorite? You must be a laid-back person, with strong roots and open heart. You love your family and friends dearly, and will spend hours cooking them the perfect meal. Your conscience is keeping you focused on the bright side of the world, and on more food on your plate. If you don’t already, maybe volunteer at a homeless shelter or food bank serving the poor this year.
Your visitors during this holiday must have as plus-one a bag of goodies and a nice bottle of red wine to go with the roasted turkey. Your home is an oasis of comfort – cozy couches and armchairs, covered with throw pillows and blankets, invite napping after all the hard work with the fork. Tables abound in delicious treats and big flat screen TV’s flicker the football game. ‘Leftovers’ is such a sensual word in this house!
Christmas is the clincher. All around the globe, Christians travel many miles to spend a few amazing days at home. The Christmas tree, the whole family around it, the snow that’s falling, snowmen and snowballs, carols and gifts, the city that’s twinkling through the little colored lights.
Your favorite? You’re the family addict who respects traditions and keeps the magic alive. At least until Santa misplaces your home address. Heck, you might even be the one who dresses up as Jolly Old St. Nick each year to delight your nieces and nephews with charming presents straight out of a sack.
Your apartment is probably the one with the highest electricity bill, all those shining stars, reindeers, and the holy family, don’t come cheap. He who knocks at your door during the holy week must be the next American Idol star or a relative of yours. Or both. There will be plenty of eggnog, just what the carolers need to warm up.
The beauty of the holidays lies within us. We make them magical, we give them meaning, we make them exist. I can’t decide which my favorite is, nor wish to, instead I try to cherish each one as if the other two didn’t exist. Every time.