‘Tis the Season?

Another Thanksgiving down, and another three to five meals made with leftover turkey left to go. Turkey Tetrazzini, anyone? What? No takers? I can’t imagine why not!  😉

Now that the day of thanksgiving has passed, it seems as if nearly everyone is talking about the day of gift-giving.  Airwaves and newspaper inserts have touted and shouted Black Friday sales. Cyber Monday deals have clogged the bandwidth. Everywhere I go, I hear conversations about great deals and where I can find the biggest and best for less. While deep discounts make some people drool, it just plain depresses me. Which is why, sadly, Christmas is NOT my favorite holiday.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I believe in celebrating the reason for the season. Singing carols? Count me in. My favorite songs are Angels We Have Heard on High; Ave Maria; Cherry Tree Carol; Do Your Hear What I Hear?; Go Tell It on the Mountain; God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman; Hallelujah; I Saw Three Ships; Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant; Mary, Did You Know?, O, Holy Night; and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. (Excuse me while I sing a stanza or two or three….)

Christmas Eve candlelight service at my spouse’s childhood church? As if I would miss that! Glittering lights reflecting off glass ornaments and snowflakes slowly swirling outside? Give me these serene sights any day. The smell of gingerbread and sugar cookies wafting through the air? Those scents makes me salivate like Pavlov’s puppies.

So, as you can see, I really am NOT one of those bah-humbug types. (Although, at times, I have been known channel my inner Grinch.) Sometimes, I really do wish I could be a rah-rah-sis-boom-bah Christmas cheerleader—Okay, maybe that is pushing it a little too far…

So, how do I combat capitalism and focus, instead, on the spirit of the season?  First, I am going to implement an idea conceived by a coworker’s family: the three-gift limit. No one receives more than three presents. Why? Well, if three gifts were good enough for the Baby Jesus, then it is darn-well good enough for me and mine.

Speaking of ingenious ideas: I just read that a fellow blogger (who also is not a huge fan of Christmas) celebrated Advent last year, focusing on a Bible verse each day from December 1-24. In addition to the verse, she included either a family-friendly activity or small gift. What a great idea!

I might do something like this for my own family. Although, instead of Advent, I think I will commemorate the time between Christmas Day and Epiphany—a.k.a. the twelve days of Christmas. Granted, I will not be presenting partridges in pear trees—(Seriously, who does that?), but I think I can swing a family movie night or a sweet treat.

And I’m sorry, but I will not be hocking kidneys on Ebay to pay for presents. I will remain true to my mantra: Spend within my means, and just say no to credit cards. If I cannot afford it, it is not worth it.  Why not give a gift from the heart instead? Homemade gifts, like a child’s pinch pot or a handmade card, mean much more to me than the latest, greatest gadget. Freshly baked goods are also always welcomed, even if my belly and backside could do without.

Elf on the Shelf… not in my household. Those pesky little pranksters are banned from these premises. How can I teach my kids the true meaning of the holidays if that darn elf is running about making messes and wrecking havoc. Sorry, Santa, but keep those tricksters far, far from my family! Kinda defeats the purpose of teaching children to be good for goodness’ sake when your own minions are running amok, wouldn’t you agree, Saint Nick? (Not to mention, those elves creep me out a bit, as do clowns, but that is another post altogether….)

So now that I have decided to cull much of the commercialism from my holiday celebrations, I am hopeful that I will be able to embrace Christmas with my whole heart and open arms… just like the Grinch…

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  1. Love the same songs. Found many excuses to sing them this season. Oh, here I go again, Angels we have Heard on high…!

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  2. Linda Stufflebean

    I totally agree that Christmas has become way too commercialized. Not only are many kids’ Santa lists full of very expensive requests, it is really depressing to see the first Christmas trees displayed next to the Halloween pumpkins in the supermarket!

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  3. emptybranches

    I don’t like how commercialized Christmas has gotten and it’s worse than ever with social media. Dr. Seuss got it right!

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  4. Seriously, I do not like the commercialism either. And with my back injury, I have not put up a tree in about 10 years although I love them..lol. I do not go broke buying Christmas presents. I buy gifts for my grandkids, my daughter and her husband, and that is it. And I only buy one or two. We like the fact that we are together as a family. Last Christmas, we spent it with my kids, my ex, my ex’s kids from his second marriage, my son-in-law’s – father in law from his first marriage. His first wife died. So the holidays are wonderfully unpredictable with our crazy blended family. We have dinner together, play games, watch Christmas movies and snuggle with our little ones. Good Times.

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  5. Welcome back, Carol! I am so glad to hear that am not the only one who believes less is more. And I love your gift-giving rule-of-thumb: something they want, something they need, and something to read… perfect!

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  6. Carol Barclay Radowenchuk

    When I have a few minutes, I try to read something from your blog that I previously missed.

    I ran across this one today and am glad to see that we agree three presents is enough. Yes, if it was good enough for Jesus then it is good enough for me.

    I give something they want, something they need, and something to read…all within my price range. 🙂

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  7. On Friday, December 4, 2015, my dear aunt sent me this lovely message regarding this post:


    I loved reading this! I love your perspective. Thanks for the interesting read and keep ’em coming!


    I am so blessed to have such an amazing aunt! Love you, Aunt V.!

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  8. Vicki

    My oldest daughter tried very hard to get Elf on the Shelf in my house for my two youngest. I would not play along, so she would move the dumb thing whenever she stopped by.

    I am with you on this whole thing and it’s been my battle for years now. Advent seems to help a little bit keep our minds on Jesus, which is the real reason we celebrate anyways, isn’t it?

    Here is my post if you want to check it out: https://vrein11.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/more-advent-adventures/.

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  9. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:40 a.m., I received the following email from a wonderful lady whom I truly respect and like.

    Here is what she said about this post:


    Oh, my goodness! Two hours ago I put on an IL Divo album and sat down to listen to those beautiful voices and read a bit of your blog. The time has flown by and I’ve been laughing and crying through most of those two hours. I pretty much share your thinking about Christmas – let’s get back to the true meaning of the holiday….


    How sweet! Thank you, Evie!

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  10. You and I are such kindred spirits! I’m with you all the way!! Thank you for the link up too. Here’s to making this Christmas a wonderfully meaningful one :0)

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