Yes, as the old saying goes Christmas day does come but ONCE a year. One day. It may be one day, but the lead up to it takes many many days. It comsumes our days, our nights, our thoughts, our plans for weeks before. Then when it is all over in a FLASH, we sit back shell shocked.
When the food in our over stuffed bellies is still digesting, we are left digesting the cost and the fervour that was Christmas, our heads are still spinning as we return to the grind of work. For most of us the time we have off over Christmas is very limited.
Did we have FUN???? Did we sit long enough to enjoy our gifts? Did our children get to enjoy their gifts?
Like most of us, we have to think long and hard over that question. We haven’t landed long enough from the rushing around from one family gathering to another, to give it the consideration it needs.
Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I love our families and extended families and spending time with them. We see them in gatherings over the Christmas season. However,for Chrismas DAY, this year we are starting our own tradition.
We, as a family, myself, my husband, our son, our dog, and our cat are going to be spending Christmas day this year going NOWHERE. We have talked about it, at length, over the years. What do WE want from Christmas. As a family of introverts, we covet our time to relax and just be. No pressure to socialize, no dressing up, no harrowing drives in winter weather…..the list could go on.
Most of my family and best friend still live in the UK, and instead of a quick phone call before rushing out the door, we plan to skype and have more than a snatched moment with loved ones I get to see face to face very infrequently.
I know traditions are hard to break, we repeat the same patterns, even when they don’t bring us the result we really want.
If you are happy with your gatherings and traditions, I salute you.
If not, why not think about a change this year?
Let me know YOUR thoughts on the holiday season, and what it means to you.