It’s been some years since I got off what I refer to as “the crazy Christmas train.” I hope I don’t sound too much like Scrooge. Because this is just a personal choice.
I did all the parental Christmas duties when my girls were young. We had a tradition of crafting Christmas tree ornaments the day after Thanksgiving.
I was certainly quite involved with making their Christmases merry and bright.
But my children are grown and we stopped exchanging presents years ago by mutual decision.
I just think the entire country is far too materialistic, and we’re spoiling our children beyond measure.
Glad I spit that out and got it over with, because I know it sounds a bit harsh.
Crazily shopping and ratcheting up the credit cards while stressing for one holiday seems utterly ridiculous to me.
It’s kind of depressing to think of those long lines the day after Christmas to exchange presents that the giver put much thought into. But were not at all what the recipient wanted or will keep.
So I stepped off the crazy Christmas train.
For me now at the cusp of 60, holidays are whatever I want them to be.
My Christmas holiday is simple. I cook a meal, one that will provide leftovers and/or freeze. Or I might eat a TV dinner and call it good. I will have a very relaxed day.
Or I could be painting. Painting has become a relaxing endeavor for me to some degree. I’m kind of a messy painter. But I get a whole lot of thinking done while I’m wielding a paint brush.
I will reiterate that this is a personal choice. It is not a judgment of anyone’s holiday plans.
It’s just not for me.
I know that many people feel that it isn’t a proper holiday unless they have dozens of presents under a tree with all the hoopla.
Advertisers do their dead level best to have everyone frothing at the mouth for the newest and coolest gadget on the market.
I can’t blame them. It is their biggest shopping event of the year.
I just believe we should celebrate by personal choice. And not get bogged down by what everyone expects.
So however you choose to celebrate the holiday, I wish you a wonderful day. Whether that’s having lots of family or taking a longed for vacation.
I will happily be doing my own thing. Whatever that turns out to be.