This time of year is not my favorite. Now hear me out, I really do want to like Christmas, but it just makes me crazy.
I think my friend said it best about Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago. She said ” I hate that on Thanksgiving you are required to make a certain meal. If I was having a large gathering I most certainly wouldn’t prepare that meal, it’s too time consuming.” See, she loves Thanksgiving, she just doesn’t like the turkey.
I totally get that!!!
I hate that at Christmas we are TOLD to buy presents at this time, before this date and we are EXPECTED to get things for our kids that we wouldn’t normally get for them.
I love the story of Christmas so much. It’s Christ’s birth. And it’s truly amazing! I love that we can celebrate that day. No matter how focused you try to be, I still think everyone gets caught up in the commercialized season.
I also feel stressed about getting the right gift for everyone, since I try really hard to stick to a budget and buy things they will use and love. Wow that’s a lot of pressure.
So don’t hate me, don’t judge me. Just help me see past the commercial holiday to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.
Two years ago we “skipped” Christmas and went to Mexico. Our kids still talk about that to this day. That trip was a Finer Thing in life for sure. I asked my daughter what we got her for Christmas 3 years ago, she couldn’t remember, I asked her about her favorite memory from Mexico and she couldn’t narrow down just one.
I like the idea of purchasing an experience and not just a gift. I think we need to get away for Christmas again next year. It makes me really acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas.
What things do you do to make sure you make Christmas enjoyable, memorable and not stressful?