I know I can come across as a bit bah humbug, or even a grinch; truth is, I don’t like Christmas all that much.
It’s not even that the ghosts of Christmas past still haunt me – coz they don’t.
It’s more that I don’t like all the Christmas hype. It reminds me of a a wedding in some ways – all that fuss and bother over just one day!
Don’t Like Christmas? Try these!
I’ve learned how to cope over the years and even kind of enjoy Christmas nowadays (shhh don’t tell anybody)! So here are my tips – what I won’t be doing this Christmas, in a bid to keep things simple and fun, rather than frenzied and full of pressure.
- Sending Christmas cards. I gave up on this tradition many many years ago now, so anybody that knows me, knows not to expect a card. And anybody else, doesn’t matter. As a result, we don’t tend to receive many Christmas cards either but it really doesn’t bother me. Think of all the trees we are saving!
- Cooking a turkey. It’s so dry and I just don’t like it. So no turkey in this house (except for the one writing this blog post, haha). I will however probably do a glazed ham. Simple and soooo yummy.
- Driving all over the countryside to visit family on Christmas Day. When the hubster and I first got together, we had to do 3 Christmases in one day – his parents, my dad, and my mum. By the time the kids arrived, we’d narrowed it down to visiting just one side of the family on Christmas Day, taking it in turns each year. A few years back, after spending over two hours in a hellish traffic jam, we decided we really wanted to spend Christmas Day at home with our own family – and we love it! Mind you, now our own kids are grown and finding partners of their own it will probably be a bit more complicated in the years to come … so may as well enjoy it while we can 🙂 .
- Place Settings for the Christmas table. Pffffttt. Who can be bothered?!
- Going to carols, light displays, or any other Christmas “must do” – unless of course, we want to! This year I’m hoping we’ll see the tree and light display in the city.
- Spending any more time in the shops than I have to. Hooray for online shopping! And there is no way I am setting foot in a store after about the 21st December except to get fruit or vegetables.
- Hanging tinsel anywhere except the Christmas tree. I’ve been reliably informed* that tinsel is OUT this year anyway. And secondly, that glittery crap gets everywhere and I find bits of it on the floor even months after it’s all been packed away!
- Cooking a full Christmas dinner. Unless the air conditioning is cranked. Which it will be. I love my air conditioning!
- Elf on the Shelf. Although it looks kinda fun, my kids are wayyyyyy past that stage 🙂 .
If like me, you are thinking “I don’t like Christmas” – my advice (apart from just grinning and bearing it!) is to keep it simple as possible. Who knows, you might even find you start enjoying it!
What optional extras have you eliminated from the silly season?!
Linking up with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.