Tuesday, December 04, 2007
So far I am loving this Christmas season.
Why? Because I am blessed with fifty reasons why I can legitimately skip it this year. :)
For me, Christmas has never exactly been 'the most wonderful time of the year' and I've shared my angst about it with you before, like here. Deep inside, I've longed to be brave enough, at least once, to skip Christmas (the World's idea of Christmas, that is), but I've always chickened-out. Downright caved-in to peer pressure (and all that).
But like I said, this year I have my excuses. Lots of 'em. Great big huge legitimate ones.
Like, we just might be moving into a whole other house during Christmas week (or extremely soon after).
I'm spending hours everyday now packing and decluttering. And searching for a place to rent.
My dad recently passed away and I'm still recovering from that.
Our Christmas decorations are all packed away. I'll not even be putting up our "Poof! Instant Christmas" gold grapevine Christmas tree. (Er, unless I change my mind.)
We're in the process of giving away extra furniture and selling some and taking some out to the curb... and I've still got ads to get out on bulletin boards.
And Tom and I are spending much time wondering just what we should do for the whole rest of our lives...
Need I go on? (Because, really, there's more.)
Oh, I'll send a few Christmas cards, but there'll be no 'family Christmas letter' this year. I've bought a few gifts online for Tom and Naomi, I'll give a gift card to my favorite single mom and a donation to a charity, as well. And while I'm packing, I'm watching the occasional Christmas movie on dvd... and humming Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas while taking walks around my neighborhood...and kneeling at my windows at night, looking out at the neighbor's Christmas display lights.
But that's gonna be about it.
This is my year to take Christmas off. And you know? I don't even feel the least bit guilty. Technically, I feel smart. Technically, I feel this is the right thing to do and God won't even mind.
P.S. Here's something else to add to my Keep It Simple list... I just returned from our local 'zap you back to the 1940's' supermarket where I bought a small coffee and sat at their tiny, warm cafe section while reading Christmas magazines, listening to carols and watching all the people around me. Ahhh... my idea of bliss!
"Unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord..."