Every other blogger has something to say about the holiday, so I decided to, too, instead of feeling left out.
First off let me say this: I wasn’t traumatized by Christmas growing up and I knew extremely early that Santa doesn’t exist. I love Christmas movies, because I love the combination of magic and inevitably happy ending with a touch of moral-to-the-story. And yes, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a favorite.
So what does Christmas mean to me? Nothing. That’s right, I said nothing. I’m not Christian, I’m not hung up on tradition and haven’t made any of my own, and I don’t have to have certain things or things a certain way at Christmas so as not to feel left out or lonely or un-Christmassy. (Except maybe my own blogpost about it.)
I enjoy the lights, the atmosphere, the constant greeting other people with “god jul”/”Merry Christmas”, the reminders to be generous, the spirit of the season, but I don’t decorate or go overboard with the food, though I’ll dress up. Sometimes I’ll play Christmas carols. I like buying presents for people, but I don’t like crowds. That last is a year-round thing, though.
The most important thing about Christmas for me is what I just did: Spend lots of time with people I love.
7 replies on “A Christmas post”
I grew up with Christmas, in a secular way. My mom did the tree, cookies, prezzies, etc. No church, No Jesus. My dad, being Jewish and not caring much either way, went along. Then I married a Jewish guy and agreed to raise our kids Jewish (even did some Jewish education and had an adult bat mitzvah!), so Christmas meant even less to me, though I always enjoyed the lights and stuff. Now cuz of my mom being so sick, I\’m doing a holiday lunch today. I know she doesn\’t like the idea of Christmas being nothing special. Didn\’t have time for cookies, but I do have M&M brownies–very festive!
My family was secular about Christmas; we never had nativity scenes, for example. But my Grandma did believe in God, so I wasn\’t raised entirely atheist. And in Norway, where Evangelical Lutheran is the state religion, we schoolkids would attend Christmas mass. I even read out loud from the Gospel of Luke one year. I guess my mixed experience is why nothing stands out. It\’s always about the people in our lives, anyway, isn\’t it. I hope this Christmas lets you focus on the love, Paula.
I loved Christmases when I was a kid, and I loved them when had a kid. The best thing about all the others is the complete lack of obligation that I feel toward the holiday. I can do a little or a lot and feel fine about it.I\’m glad you had a good one!
My family was very religious about Xmas, and it still feels strange to not go to church. My folks like to hear that I\’ve been to church, but I had the perfect excuse this year – after the breakup of my 7-year relationship I simply didn\’t want to go alone to church where everyone else was in a family. I had a nice dinner with some friends, but it wasn\’t festive at all, and I ended up going home early after a rather unpleasant incident. grumble.My word verification sounds like waterboarding: ggagbd. pfft! I\’m glad you all had a pleasant day.
I feel like you do, Alice. That I have options in how I want to celebrate.I\’m sorry Christmas wasn\’t a good holiday for you this year, Sravana.
Christmas is always much cheerier than my Birthday or Thanksgiving. I just like the fun.max[\’I\’ve never paid any mind to the religious aspects, since they\’re really kind of wrong anyways.\’]
I liked your tree. 🙂 That really is the spirit of it, isn\’t it: Just acknowledge the holiday; no need to max out the credit card.