But, I am not ready to deck the halls and listen to Christmas carols yet. It still feels too early.
One reason I've spent so much time and energy to declutter, which I think I've done a pretty good job of over the years, is to simplify my life. Jumping into Christmas weeks too early seems counter productive.
I realize we are in the season of Advent. But, I don't think Advent has to include all the bells and whistles of Christmas. Does it? What do you think?
I know I can't go there in my own home least I feel overwhelmed and well, uncomfortable, with the amount of stuff in my way when there's still weeks to go to the big day.
Here are a few pre-Christmas things I'm not embracing this year (or any year for most of them).
1. Early Christmas carols. I avoid the all-Christmas carol radio station like the plague at this point in the year. The one in our area has been playing carols since well before Thanksgiving. My favorite radio station has started adding the occasional carol to their line up. I'm not ready. I change the station. Maybe next week I'll happily sing along. But, not today.
2. Early decorations. There are families around here who already have their Christmas trees up. I know it's not terribly early for that, but if I put it up this early, it's dusty, dilapidated and disheveled by Christmas Day. We're getting it this weekend, which I'm feeling is still a tad early. But, I think the kids will have my head if I don't do it soon.
3. Elf on the Shelf. I will never embrace this creepy little dude that seems to have become a new tradition. Not only does he give me nightmares, but he seems like a lot of work. Every day, the parents are supposed to pose him in some kind of new, strange location in the house. That means I'd probably wake up in the middle of the night in a panic because I forgot to move the elf. You know the dads of America aren't doing it, right? It's just another thing to drive moms crazy!
|Way too creepy and high maintenance for me!|
4. Over-the-top anticipation from the kids that lasts weeks. I have one child prone to anxiety. Holiday excitement is almost more than he can handle. If things stay low key, he's good. The minute we start decking the halls, his anxiety climbs. Why? I have no idea. But, it tanks any holiday cheer I might have.
5. Christmas cards. I wrote and sent Christmas cards for years. I dreaded it every year. I stressed about it. I did all the work myself. This is yet another thing that us women have burdened ourselves with. Last year, I stopped. It was very freeing. I'm going to continue my tradition of not sending holiday cards. I do, however, wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. That should cover it, right?
6. Egg nog. Have you looked at the fat, calorie and sugar content on a carton of egg nog? It's a guaranteed 5 pound weight gain if I start drinking it this early.
What about you? What can you live without in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas?