This is my one and only Christmas related post that you’ll see this year on my blog. I must admit that I’ve been struggling since after Thanksgiving and all of the Christmas posts started rolling in, to find ways to comment on a lot of blogs. Believe me, it’s not that there is anything wrong at all with Christmas related blogs, it’s just that Christmas to me is pretty much like every other day of the year. I felt like I was almost being Scrooge-esque in my comments, so I hope you didn’t take it the wrong way or think I was being negative.
Why is Christmas no big deal in my life? Well, first and foremost I’m not really religious. But even still, many people who aren’t seem to really enjoy the season. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific reason why it doesn’t mean much to me, as to do so would make this blog a novel and it would probably mean tapping into some serious talk therapy. No need for that. 🙂
In a plain and simple nutshell (or chestnut, if you want to stay in a holiday theme), I’m single, don’t have any kids, no particular family traditions, and not part of a warm fuzzy family unit that does a lot of holiday gift giving. I even have some family here in California who I rarely see and and hear from very often, so I don’t really get invited to anything that they put together for some reason.
Now, before you leave the page thinking this is going to be the most depressing blog on Earth, I’m here to reassure you that I’m perfectly content and happy. Yup, no lie. And in fact, December is probably one of the most mellow and calm times of year for me. It’s also one of the most budget-friendly. My total amount of spending for Christmas was $51. And more than half of that was donations and gifts for families in need. And although I would love to spend more on people who really need it, I need to be realistic with where my budget is this year. I am taking part in helping deliver gifts to one of the families that a big group in my community “adopted” tonight, so I’m sure that will give me a little Christmas spirit. 🙂
I also get plenty of invites to holiday parties, but for the most part this year I declined most invites. The biggest reason is I’m happily in a nesting and lazy phase, and I’m also not only watching the budget, but my waistline too. I really have no self control when it comes to holiday treats and other delicious food people cook, and I have a tendency to buy wine in social settings. I thought this month would be a great opportunity to get lots of sleep, work out, and just chill out at home and read and catch up with some other personal projects.
In fact I’m so lazy that I can’t even be bothered right now to see some movies I really want to see at the theater, even though I have a couple gift certificates. The reason is that particular theater is farther away from where I live and also happens to be part of a giant mall. Hmmm, yeah, maybe not. Instead I’m drinking chamomile tea and reading Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey. It’s a good book to read to kick off the new year and I have many thoughts about it that I’ll share in another post. And if that becomes boring then there is always practicing ukulele (new video coming next week), writing, and watching Netflix (currently watching Marco Polo).
So while many are dealing with traffic, crowded parking lots, too much eating and spending, obligations that overwhelm you, and other Christmas “joys,” I can at least appreciate a very calm, zen-like December. Sounds like a nice way to end the year, don’t you think? 🙂
How are you holding up this holiday season? Stressed or totally mellow?
BTW, I officially am the second to to the last (my Mom would be the last) person to join Instagram, but if you want to follow me I can be found here!