Ugh, I got a horrible case of the sleepies today. I’m just exhausted and I can’t think straight. I think it’s stress…and lack of coffee. I was going to go make some but I somehow got distracted…as usual. It takes me most of my day to drink my one cup of coffee.
I wish Christmas time didn’t come with any stress. I guess we do it to ourselves though don’t we? Do we really have any fun at all at Christmas? Do we go through all the stress and hoop jumping just for a few wonderful moments together with family or just to impress people? Are those few moments worth it? Just seems like we’ve gone and complicated the holiday. Like we’re trying to hold onto those magical feelings we used to feel about Christmas that are really long-gone.
Christmas time can really be fun. I had a blast last year with my family, playing Halo and watching as my brother in law drank a lottttt of booze. We all giggled through watching Rocky and some other weird movie. We also had WAY too much fun in the snow…well everyone else did…I wasn’t allowed cuz Ikey was in my belly.
I’m always pondering which Christmas traditions to hold to with my own kids. Will we always spend Christmas at a Grandparents house or are we going to want to start doing it at home? Do we do the whole Santa thing or not? My side of the family does it but Brent’s doesn’t. If we don’t do it, it might ruin it for his cousins on my side, if we do it then it’ll be confusing when we go to Brent’s families house. I don’t really know if I much like the idea of Santa. How to you explain the glamorous toys that he brings the richer kids? My kids aren’t going to get the new batman toy or the latest Barbie doll or Disney movie. I don’t believe in that stuff.
I think with my little family, once we do start having Christmas in our own home sometimes, we’ll just keep it simple. Kids on too much sugar aren’t too fun anyway. Being in the kitchen all day isn’t my slice of cake either.
Lately it just seems to me that we have a lot more stress than fun during Christmas. It’s enough to make one feel scroogie. I think though, when you do have those wonderful moments with your family, it does become worth it. But why can’t we just make it a little more simple?
I don’t buy skads of presents. I do like to send out a family photo along with a card and a Christmas letter. I couldn’t muster up the whatever to do that this year but for sure I’ll do it next time. We each only buy for one person amongst my siblings and parents and, although we go all out on the person, it sure is way less stressful than buying EVERYONE something small. We enjoy our one big, massive present each year. We enjoy figuring out what to give even more I think. I also just do a family present for all the nieces and nephews. A big book or board game, something for everyone to share and enjoy together. I like keeping it simple, I’m not going into debt just because I feel obligated to buy stuff for people that they might not even use.
I don’t actually like getting loads of presents anyway. As a kid I surely did but now, I like a few things I need and that’s good for me. I’m never ungrateful for my gifts, I do really enjoy opening presents for sure. But I’m always thankful I don’t get loads of them as I did when I was a kid. I’m mortified about all the things my boys are going to get. I don’t even know if I should buy Silas anything because he doesn’t NEED anything….just some mittens. Maybe an extra chunk of money into his college fund.
One thing I DO love to do at Christmas is going to American Forests and buying 30 trees to have planted. They let you choose where they will be planted and they also send you their magazine which tells you about what they’re doing. If you plant 30 trees then you make up for your families omissions each year. It’s my new Christmas tradition. A little gift to Mother Earth and it’s only $1/tree. I get mine planted in Siberia to save the forests that the Siberian tigers live in. So I guess it’s a little present to the tigers too. Is it odd that I’d rather buy the Tigers and the Earth a present that my cousin’s uncle’s mother-in-law?
Anyway, that’s all just me thinking out loud. I’m not sure what my point was, I guess I’m just thinking more and more that Christmas is way too over commercialized and way over done. Visas are maxed, diets are failed, stress levels soar. If that were MY birthday I would tell people to STOP and just enjoy themselves.