Friday, November 23, 2012

Bah, Humbug?! For Shame!

Are you a person who hates Christmas?

There ARE people who really hate Christmas.  This makes me beyond sad.

How can this be? 

I mean, I understand that people might hate what some people have turned Christmas into, but we don't all have to fall into that hole of too much spending, too much EVERYTHING during the holidays do we? 

Make your holiday what YOU want it to be while remembering it's not about too much of everything.

I know some people get THE biggest kick out of trying to one-up one another with how many presents they've bought, how much money they've spent, how OH so tired they are from all the cleaning, cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating etc. etc. etc. they've done.   All that stuff just bores me to tears.

And, you know, there's an answer to all that.

Don't do it.

And if you feel pressured by others, be they family, co-workers, friends, whomever, just remember - you have the ability to just say no.  Just do your holiday your way.  And for goodness sakes - enjoy it!  Life's too short to hate Christmas.

Don't want a tree?  Cool!  Don't put one up.  Put your favorite old teddy bear, or stuffed aligator on a table, stick a Santa hat, or a cowboy hat on his head and let your imagination go from there.  Surround him with silly things that have memories or that just make you laugh.

Don't want a big Christmas feast?  Fine!  Start your own Christmas dinner (or breakfast or lunch) tradition by having a family favorite.  Maybe it's pizza.  Or chocolate cake and ice cream for breakfast. Whatever!  Do it your way - make it fun.

Don't have the money to spend on gifts - or just don't want to?  No reason to do it then!  Find a movie or rent one that everyone likes - or one for each of you.  Share your time together watching a movie eating your favorite snackies while watching a light blink on your stuffed aligator's nose and shout an occassional HO! HO! HO! (or whatever).

Martha Stewart and all those cooking crafty sorts don't own Christmas. 

Take a minute to remember what it's really all about - not what some people have tried to make it be.

Life really is much too short to hate Christmas.


Unknown said...

Absolutely. You make Christmas your own. Nice, cause I've been feeling badly about low funds and not being able to shop for the ones I love this year. That's not what it's about. It is time spent with one another..and that blinking alligator or whatever. Thank you!

Lesa said...

You're totally right, Kaye. And, my comment about Christmas cards on my Facebook page wasn't because I HAVE to send them. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. Just going to be a little late this year so I can include the new address.

And, I'm not doing much decorating this year since I'll be moving a week later. But, it doesn't mean I can't enjoy everyone else's lights and decorations. I love the holidays.

Earl Staggs said...

Well said, Kaye. The spirit of Christmas is inside you not in the lights and tinsel around you. We may not even decorate our house since we won't be here. We'll be in New Jersey celebrating with our daughter and grandgirls. Happy Holidays to all.