>> Friday, November 27, 2009
I enjoy the holiday season.
There. I said it. I know that many people find the holidays stressful or depressing. I get that. I understand and sympathize, but I just can’t empathize and I’m going to admit that I don’t think I want to. I wish the folks I know who feel this way didn’t, but I don’t feel obligated to participate in it.
I come by my enjoyment of this time of year naturally. My Mom loved Christmas. She liked decorating, she liked having the family around, and she even liked shopping (I definitely didn’t get that gene). We never really DID a lot; it was more about being together.
We’ve seriously simplified our holiday traditions over the years. We’ve disconnected from the gift exchanges, we only go to the events and gatherings we truly enjoy, and look forward to the handful of get-togethers that have become annual traditions.
I love seeing the neighborhood lit up and decorated. I love seeing the spirit of giving alive and well in my community. Yes, I wish it were that way all year round, but I can still appreciate that this season encourages it and be happy for it.
This weekend, we’ll decorate inside and outside the house. Monday morning I’ll put up my Christmas lights in my cubicle at work. I’ll pull out my cranberry cream cheese bread recipe and figure out when everyone will actually be at work on the same day so I can take some to share. I’ll take the long way home from work so I can drive around and see the decorations. I’ll say Thank YOU to the folks who work hardest at this time of year.
This year I’ve decided to stop fighting or trying to defend my feelings. They just are. Just like the feelings of those who don't like this time of year. I like the holiday season, some of my friends don’t. That’s fine – it would be a very boring world if we were all the same. That may mean I need to disconnect a bit, but that’s OK. I think I need to put holiday seasonal stuff in the same category as I do politics and religion. I absolutely refuse to discuss politics or religion with friends and co-workers. When those discussions or debates start, I simply remove myself from the conversation. I think I’m going to start doing the same thing with holiday hating. Just not participate in it. I’ll flip to my holiday playlist on the ipod and relax.