Ahhh…I can breathe again!
I don’t know about all of you, but I am one that once New Year’s Day is over, I like everything to go back to normal. Don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas, but after a month or so of looking at the tree and lights and listening to the carols…and…and…and…I’m over it. Today was the last day that I had off before I head back to work, so today was the day that it all needed to come down. The tree and all the decorations have been packed away for another year and my living room is clean and back to normal. The outside lights have been removed and tucked into the crawl space as well. The only “Christmas” that remains is one poinsettia plant and a few scrumptious baked goods…and that’s it. I love how it all comes down so much easier than it went up…a couple hours and we were completely done. Love it!
Looking back over the past couple of weeks really got myself and some of my loved ones thinking…what does Christmas really mean to you? Is it about the hustle and bustle, shopping and the giving and receiving of gifts? Or is it about surrounding yourself with those nearest and dearest to your heart and enjoying great food, stories, laughs and each other’s company? For me, it just seems so materialistic…let’s face it, if I want or need anything, I can just go out and buy it myself. Not that I am ungrateful for the gifts that I did receive this year, but maybe our perspective on how we celebrate from here on out needs a slight adjustment. Do kids really need an endless supply of new toys when 1 or 2 would suffice? For adults, do we stress ourselves out each year racking our brains trying to come up with gifts each other might like…or do we draw names so that we are only buying for one person…or do we put a limit on the amount we spend, say $20 or so…or do we simply forgo buying adults gifts at all and just enjoy each other’s company? I’m not really sure what the right answer is. All I know is that the older I get…the less “stuff” I need or even want. I can totally hear my mother in my ear right now saying “I told you that you would someday come to realize this.” And she was right…my mom and I haven’t exchanged Christmas or birthday gifts for several years now…we just plan a day when we are both free and head out to a local restaurant for a nice meal that neither one of us have to cook or clean up after.
So, before next Christmas season comes around, I can totally see my family and loved ones having a discussion about how we will proceed in the future. Maybe it’s time to start some new traditions. Only time will tell, I suppose.