If you’re among those of us who celebrate Christmas every year with the trees and the gifts etc, you know that it’s a very unique time of year. I think that because religion is somehow loosely still involved with the idea of Christmas, it makes it difficult to be publically critical of the holiday, but I don’t care!
I’m not going to be a Grinch or anything, don’t worry. I’ve actually spent the entire day watching Christmas films like Charlie Brown and Santa Clause is coming to town. But I do have a problem with the way our overly consumer based society has turned Christmas into a competition to see who can spend the most on their loved ones, not mention the pressure involved with performing a certain way in front of loved ones for the two hours you see them every year...
Anyways, I’ve found that the best way to deal with this kind of unnecessary pressure and anxiety is to find the things about Christmas that I like, and focussing on them to make the whole thing more pleasant.
The first one is that if you have family members you actually like and want to see, (we all do...yes?) you get to take a few days off and hang out with them. I like listening to my father playing guitar Christmas morning and eating bagel and egg sandwiches. And like I said above, I love Christmas movies, which is a trait I inherited from my mother, who I love watching old movies with while drinking tea and sewing.
The next part of Christmas that I love so much is the food. I think we can all agree, Christmas food is amazing and it lasts forever. I’m anxious for the left over’s from Meaghan’s two Christmas’s and my two Christmas’s, featuring classic turkey, glazed ham, lamb and mint jelly and about 7 different kinds of vegetables and potatoes. MMmmmm....
Finally, the most obvious best part about Christmas is choosing your Christmas outfit! You get to pick a fab outfit to wear Christmas eve for everyone to see you in, then another fab outfit to wear for Christmas Day the next day. Ever since I was a kid I carefully selected my outfits for Christmas to present to my family members I didn’t often see, a true representation of the type of person I am year round.
I’m having difficulty deciding on my outfit for tomorrow, Christmas Day 2010. I’m thinking about my calf-high heeled boots with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. Or perhaps a feat of layering including a dress, tights, a sweater, a collared shirt, some gloves and some fab accessories. Hmm.
So Merry Christmas to everyone, and please choose your outfits wisely this Christmas.