Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday Madness

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, or whatever it is that you celebrate. I always have mixed feelings about the holidays. I would love to tell you that I'm a complete Christmas nut. Going all out on decorations and gifts, but the truth is... I don't really like Christmas that much. Blasphemy, right? In fact, if it wasn't for my kids, I could probably do without it completely.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not by any means a Scrooge. I decorate my house, send Christmas cards (although this year really late), make cookies, and buy gifts. I love to see the look on my kids faces as they run down the stairs and see what Santa left for them. The wonder and magic that twinkles in their eyes. That innocence that fairytales are real and if you wish hard enough Santa will bring you what you want for Christmas. If you were on the nice list, of course. I also love to get someone a gift I just know they are going to love. The excitement of waiting till they open it to see the look on their face. The feeling of goodwill that people seem to get this time of year. Spending time with family and friends.

By the same token, there are some things I can do without. The crowds at the stores and people being rude. The materialism and commercialism of it all. People spraying other people with pepper spray to get a good deal. There are so many things to do and not enough time. Most of all, I miss my Mom. It was her favorite time of year.

I did have a wonderful Christmas, though. My kids got everything they wanted from Santa and I had a great time spending time with family. My husband got me a Keurig coffee machine, that I just love! However, I'm glad it's over. Now maybe I can slow down... yeah right!

How were your holidays? Are you a Christmas fanatic, Scrooge, or somewhere in between? Are you happy they are over? What was your favorite gift this year?

10 comments:

J. A. Bennett said...

I was dog sick so I'm glad that's over, but I do love Christmas time as long as I avoid the mall. Thank goodness for online shopping :)

DL Hammons said...

You can count me in the Christmas fanatic category! :) It was a wonderful year at our house and Santa made everyone happy, but I am ready for things to settle down a bit. :)

Happy New Year!

themidnightnovelist said...

I'm definitely smack dab in the middle. I hate the commercialism and the materialism of it all, too. Glad you had a good one,though, and that you spent it with your family - that is what is important.

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Totally get you on the commercialism of it all. But I did enjoy Christmas with family, and my hubby got me my very own copy of Gone with the Wind. Last year I got a Keurig, and I think it's a must for die-hard writers! Ha.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm somewhere in the middle. I like spending the time with the kids and seeing their faces when they open their gifts, but I hate the spendfest it's all become.

Writer J said...

I'm somewhere in between as well. I love Christmas and the true meaning of it (and spending time with my family), but I hate having to bake all the cookies, taking gifts to the neighbors and such. It's just too much, especially around the holidays when all you want to do is just enjoy the holiday.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm not a fanatic, but it is my favorite holiday of the year! I enjoy the reason for the season.
That said, by New Year's Day, I'm ready for decorations to come down.

Suzie F. said...

I'll join those in the middle, though I lean toward fanatic. I love the traditions we celebrate in our family, getting together with extended family, and the solemnity of the Christmas service.

Accidentalwriter said...

I would love to return to the times when I couldn't go to sleep on Christmas Eve because Santa was on his way. That magical feeling is still a very sweet memory. I now find the festive season a bit of a bitter/sweet experience. It's one of those times which can bring out the best and worst in people. Faith, family and friends just about sum it up for me now. I agree with the observation that a sense of goodwill is more evident at this time....I only wish it could extend further into the New Year. Very best wishes.

Juliann Wetz said...

Christmas is a heated topic in my house. My husband is a Christmas NUT and I've come to discover that as soon as the decorations go up, my mood goes sour. I loved Christmas as a kid, but now it seems too convoluted and full of obligation. We took our Christmas decorations down today and I'm already in a better mood. Thankfully, Christmas only comes once a year.