It seems that in the past few years I find myself saying, “Christmas has to be different this year.”
For years, I prided myself on creating the same, classical and elegant Christmas every year for my children. Isn’t that the point — to create memories and tradition? I rejoiced as I strung the tiny blue and white lights and set up the tree and the nativity.
Lately, Christmas has become a minefield of emotion and memory. The cloying hysteria to buy buy buy begins in July when Christmas is already pushing out Halloween at Costco. The season of party party party and eat eat eat overwhelms. It’s not fun, festive or meaningful anymore.
Is it just me, or is this what aging does? I don’t want to get all heavy about this, because, why suffer over something so insignificant, given the level of real problems that exist in this world.
So this year I’m going to change it up and do “Christmas Light.” Light begins with ignoring tradition. I got inspired to buy a small, trashy white (!) tabletop tree and decorate it with small sparkly spheres I already had. Irreverent and kitsch is the look I’m going for.
Light means picking and choosing the things I want to do, like baking my fragrant, orange Dark Chocolate Crackles but not much else. Light means continuing my projects and goals and not putting things off until “after Christmas.” It means finding a seriously good book, or many, and reading avidly throughout the early, dark nights.
There will be no gifts and no pressure of shopping, spending, wrapping. We’ve agreed that we buy each other things when we see them and when we need them, anyway.
And most importantly, one morning we’re going to quietly disappear. We’ll slip into the car and drive to the beach for a few days, joining the jolly tourists just off the plane from colder climes. I see myself staring at the blue water whilst sipping sunny, lemony margaritas on the sand. Early Christmas morning we’ll put on our hoodies and watch the spectacular Caribbean sunrise and then go for a long walk, breathing deep and reciting our gratitudes.
This is what I need this year and I’m delighted that I’m able to make it happen. But what about you my lovelies? How are you feeling about the hols and what will you be doing? Do you still find comfort in the traditions you’ve created, or are you craving something different?
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