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Darth Vader Santa Says…

Posted by on November 30th, 2012, under SNAPSHOTS

Darth Vader Santa Says I find your lack of cheer disturbing

Sometimes getting into the holiday spirit can be as tough as squeezing into a pair of 10-year-old jeans. Though, by saying that, I’m not suggesting that a generous amount of Vaseline and a heavy-duty pair of pliers applied to your zipper area is going to help get you into “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Whatever the reason, the holidays can be rough for some. Bills, stress, illness, heartbreak, tragedy or an accident involving a large pair of pliers; all these things don’t care what time of year it is.

But there is a threshold you cross when you’re a parent. A point when the holidays are no longer for you. They’re now for your kids, for family.

Downtrodden parents then have to decorate their faces with the most convincing smiles they can summon for others. Hopefully, if they keep at it long enough, their cheeks will find a lightness in a festive moment and float up into a smile that doesn’t need the internal duct tape that keeps up appearances.

If you’re headed into a rough holiday season, with an emotional stocking pre-loaded with personal coal, just keep smiling. If you think Darth Vader Santa would find your lack of cheer disturbing, you know you’re really being a holiday turd. And he can choke you with the Force, so make it a good smile.

–Andy

More Holiday Cheer
Probably more cheerful than this.

Instructional Diagrams
One of these is bound to make you smile.
 

16 Comments

16 Responses to “Darth Vader Santa Says…”

  1. Justin K. says:

    Awesome! Super, timely advice and pep talk! I just posted about my son reminding me to find the joy in Christmas! http://writingpaddad.blogspot.com/2012/11/is-it-really-most-wonderful-time-of-year.html

  2. Laurie says:

    Aww, you are so right! Its pretty damn easy to get caught up in the misery and day to day crap..Putting up my tree today made me smile and so very happy! Thanks for this reminder! Happy Holidays!

  3. Karen says:

    clap – clap…

    This is why no matter how things seemed, we would and still always realize someone has it worse and would try to do one kind thing, for that one person. Today we shopped for Toys for Tots – and it is a school TFT fundraiser my son’s middle school is doing and a group he belongs to is organizing an event where the admission is one toy.

    My daughter’s school does penny drives and they raise hundreds (and we are a poor school system and we have stayed because of the heart). Last year the money went to a family in the school whose oldest had brain cancer and they had nothing left financially. This year, no idea where it will go. But it is always a needy local family.

  4. Nina says:

    Would buy this as a poster in a second!

  5. Tiffany says:

    My house needed this today! After putting up the tree and festive decor I am still lacking the holiday cheer that should be shining on my face for my kids! *bangs forehead against wall*

  6. Richard says:

    How is this NOT a t-shirt!?!?!?!?!?

  7. Mother Duck says:

    Perfect.

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