My one little holiday attempt. (I am the dot in the center of the bulb).
I hate to admit this, but I am a little bit of a holiday scrooge. Extreme Christmas decorations honestly make me nauseous. I enjoy lights on houses and tactful holiday spirit, but any overwhelming signs of Christmas force me have to close my eyes. And I seriously cannot stomach Christmas music. The absolute worst is when I get a song stuck in my head and can’t get it out…I nearly barf in my mouth. Maybe I immersed myself in the Christmas shenanigans too much as a kid (kind of like eating too many cheddar and sour cream chips to the point where you get sick…and now you can never eat them again).
Whatever the cause…I guess I am a scrooge.
Luckily, our family is completely toning down our Christmas festivities for this year which I couldn’t be happier about. My mom sent out an e-mail to all of us kids explaining how 1.) We all don’t need more things, 2.) It is too hard to find items for each other that we will like 3.) None of us have enough money to spend money on crap. We may each have a little stocking stuffed with oranges or something, but no big gift exchange. Whoo hoo! I am totally down for just a nice dinner as a family with four dogs and a baby.
Beyond all the intense red and green, the frenzied materialism drives me batty. I love giving people gifts and showing others that I care about them and have thought about them, but it is hard to draw the line between showing your appreciation and getting someone something just to be buying them a gift.
Maybe my attitude will change at some point, but for the moment…simple is best. I will without a doubt enjoy my time with family and friends, but I am fairly certain I won’t get caught up in the expensive chaos.