First, let’s look at holidays I do like. I love Thanksgiving. I love Fourth of July. I love my birthday (yes, I know this isn’t officially a holiday in your world). I guess I would say I like them because of a couple of reasons:
They have less expectations and requirements. For me, a few hours of cooking is thoroughly enjoyable. Bathing suits, sun, and mixed drinks? Easy. Obviously, my birthday’s expectations are whatever I want them to be.
They all have more flexibility. Sort of the same thing, but this is about options. You can stay or go or make it big or little. Whatever. For me, these holidays have always been celebrated in different locations, with different people, and in different ways. There are fewer “traditions” you have to be beholden to, so you have freedom to make it be whatever is important to you NOW.
They all celebrate something that is clear. I know, I know, I know what Christmas celebrates, but it’s lost. It’s about parties and presents and food and schedules and balancing family commitments and travel and basically fitting several months worth of spending, mailing, socializing, and eating into one month. It is! At least it seems to me.
So, I've been thinking about how I can really enjoy this year's holiday. Here’s my plan:
1. I’m going to decorate. Tree and everything.
2. I’m going to stay home this Christmas with my husband (we planned it this way for the first time EVER).
3. I’m going to do most of my shopping online. And if I have to do it in the crowd, it will be with hot chocolate and a smile.
4. I’m going to balance out every party or busy night I have with one of nothing to do.
5. I’m going to eat chestnuts. Somehow I’ve never had them and if you see how expensive they are… well, they must be good!
6. I’m going to sit on Santa’s lap.
7. I’m going to make a snowman.
8. I’m going to watch Rudolph, Frosty, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, and Christmas Vacation (that last one is being forced on me) as I did when I was a kid.
9. I'm going to finally put a few Christmas songs on my iPod. And listen to that station in the car.
10. I am going to one of my favorite places in the world, Newcastle. But I will have less of a schedule because I’m there following all of “that”. So, I’m going to look forward to my trip back to Oklahoma, as I always do, but with even more joy!
And last, I’ll read this list every day, just to make sure I’m on track...
|Mom, Carrie, Me - Just look how much I loved it then|
|Still remember this as one of the best gift Christmases. A house and a shopping cart. If I only knew then...|
|Cousins. We did this every year. I was always Mary. The lead in my mind.|
|With Grandma. I don't really remember this, but how cool, huh?|
|Carrie, Emma, Me. The kids definitely make it fun.|