Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Well, I've tried to really embrace the Christmas season this year and I have to say, I have fallen short. I still don't like this holiday. Of course I love the idea of Christmas (Christ's birth and celebration of his life) but I really struggle with the stress that accompanies the holiday. People tell me they don't do tons of gifts or they really try and scale back to really "focus" on the "true" meaning of Christmas. That's a bunch of crap! What they mean is, they will say that and do the opposite. There's too much pressure involved in getting people the perfect gift. Not to mention trying to get a gift for someone that says all they want is cash. ;) It makes you feel selfish for wanting a gift when they say not to get them one. I guess I look at it this way: I don't usually go out and buy myself things that I really want throughout the year, so I look at Christmas as being the time to get things that you want, not need. I'm not talking about going overboard, but it should be okay to get a few things you want. Does this make any sense or does it just sound like I'm selfish?
Not only is there pressure in gift giving, but this time of year is insanely busy. I can't really focus on the meaning of Christmas when I'm too busy to hear myself think. This should be a time of giving and service, and I'm too busy I can't really give the service that I would like to. When does the stress end? I haven't even had time to start shopping for the kids and hubby. At least we mailed off all the gifts to the states in November. If I would have waited until December, it still wouldn't be done. Okay, that's enough ranting and raving on my part. I just want December to be over!!!