It's a while since I've written a post that's lost me readers so I thought it was high time some of my controversial nature was released publicly. I can't keep showing you my glossy, well finished public exterior without letting a bit of me shine through right?
Apparently I'm a Scrooge.
I was reading the Moments blog written by Liz and she asked about Christmas spirit or whether it's too early. Bear in mind it was November 15th. I commented that it was too early (and some other stuff which will come apparent further down) and she called me a scrooge.
So here's my views on holidays. I may update you during the next month or so, letters from a Scrooge or something seasonal like that. Grinch maybe? That's probably a good one too.
Ok bullet points are maybe easiest.
1) I hate decorating for Christmas. I call Christmas decorations dastardly dust catchers. We put them up a week before Christmas and take them down shortly after new year. Christmas is one day, there's no need to spend the whole of December adding and adding and bedecking just to show you've got the Christmas spirit. Who's judging? You?
2) I hate the need to show people how much you love them by buying them a ton of useless presents just so they'll look all pretty piled up under the Christmas tree. That my friends is purely selfish, look how generous I am-ism. (I added the ism to make it sound like a real thing). I would far rather buy people things that they want, whenever I want. Obviously I buy for Christmas, it's a great excuse to buy presents. But not ridiculous bath sets that they won't use but look pretty all packaged up in plastic and some shiny shredded stuff.
|Anyone remember the year these were THE gift to get?|
3) There is no such thing as the 'magic of Christmas'. We each have our own spirit within us, we can choose if that spirit will be kind, giving, loving, welcoming etc, all the things that retailers try to sell us as the magic of Christmas. Why wait all year to share the magic? Show people they matter to you all year round!
4) I sometimes have a massive urge to dress up like Cindy Lou Who and stand in the town centre at Christmas time shouting, Christmas is not about this! Go home, spend time with your family, stop getting into debt, don't be a weakling!
I don't think I've got the hair for it though.
5) Christmas to me is this: Getting up with the excitement of going to church, singing the songs about our Saviour's birth, coming home and celebrating that birth. Sure we do some traditional things like give presents but we eat what we want to eat (more on that later I'm sure). Seeing the joy on my husband's face when I've given him a present that he loves that he didn't really realise he needed.
6) Our Christmas dinner last year was homemade pizzas and it was the best Christmas dinner I've ever had. We woke up, made the dough and left it rising while we went out to church. We came home, made our pizzas (in itself a fun task) then opened a pressie or two while they cooked.
We kinda figured that if Christmas dinner is meant to be special, why not make it our favourite meal, something we really love to eat. So we did.
|They tasted delicious no matter how they look LOL!|
7) Some of my learned friends (Google & Wiki) tell me Jesus wasn't even born at Christmas time, we're just taking the Pagan festival and using it to celebrate His birth. In theory then, anything other than remembering Jesus has it's roots in the Pagan festival right? I'd be interested to know what traditional things we do (Except giving presents, the three Kings did that right?) are rooted in Jesus' birth.
8) I refuse to wear a tacky 'Jesus is the reason for the season' badge. My faith and Christianity should be able to be seen by others throughout the year by the way I conduct myself and live my life, not by a pin badge.
9) I will be wholeheartedly taking advantage of the holiday season by attending some Christmas craft fairs. Just because I think decorating the house in November is ridiculous, doesn't mean I should miss out on selling my wares to those who have presents to buy.
10) Dus and I like to ensure that things fulfil their 'Christmas Destiny'. Remember on Friends when Phoebe gets all upset that the brown trees don't ever get to fulfil their Christmas destiny? No? Well that's kinda the gist of it.
One biscuit left on a Tuesday night? Better eat it so that it can fulfil it's Christmas destiny.
One pair of hot pink shoes left in a size 4? Better buy them so they can fulfil their Christmas destiny.
Got it? Good, you can use that too if you like.
So there we have it, I'm a Scrooge by today's standards.
|Dus playing with his Christmas marbles last year|
You should note that Dus likes to decorate, he fully gets into the 'spirit of Christmas' so really, to the outside world, my scroogeism is well hidden.
You should also note that for all my scroogeism, I proposed that this year, instead of a badly catered for church Christmas party in a venue that didn't really care about us, I volunteered to cook Christmas dinner for
So come on then, tell me what Christmas traditions that you have or do that can be related to celebrating Jesus' birth?