So maybe the December Daily isn't the best project for me. For one, my day-to-day life isn't nearly interesting enough to document. I work from home, need I say more? Also, with everything else I've got piled up around here, it's one more thing "to do."
Which brings me to today's reflection. When did the holidays turn into one giant chore list?
Somewhere between my adolescence and adulthood, the holiday season went from bringing pure joy to bringing a mixture of some joy and pure stress. I mean, you know you're in trouble when you have to write a list of all the lists you still have to write.
And yes, it really says "check it twice" next to the gift list because I always unintentionally leave a name off my list the first time.
I know that if I started the holiday insanity before December rolled around, I would reduce my stress level. But I also blame societal expectations. I understand that people like to give gifts because I do, too. At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge or "one of those liberals," though, I have to admit that my social consciousness flares up when I think of all the money our family collectively spends on us at the holidays. As many things as Hubby and I decide we "want" for the holidays, the truth is, we don't need any of it. I would love to convince our family that instead of buying gifts for everyone (kids excluded, of course), we should take that money and donate it to a different charity every year. Think of the great lesson we would be teaching our kids as we all nominate charities and discuss why we should help them. And if the idea of not giving a tangible gift is too foreign, then maybe we could at least agree to have a handmade-only holiday. A mix-CD of my FIL's favorite Christmas music is much more meaningful than any store-bought item he can find. And nothing can top the cookies that my niece and nephew make with their mom.
I guess what I'm trying to say (none-too-eloquently) is that as I get older and I think about the values I want to pass down to my imaginary kids, I don't want to lose the true meaning of the holidays amidst all the consumerism.