I Do Not Celebrate The Commercialization of Christmas
As a child, I enjoyed waking up on Christmas morning to race to the tree to see what “Santa Claus” brought me. As I got older, the amount of gifts dwindled as did my spirit for the holiday. I wasn’t taught the true meaning of Christmas and therefore believed that it was all about the gifts. By my teen years, once I began working and was able to participate in the gift giving, I tried to regain my happiness for the season by giving to others but I was met by unhappiness at the fact that I didn’t “go all out” for their present. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I had a chance to reinvent how I celebrated the holiday. Seeing the smiles on my Babies faces was all the gift that I needed as my children were satisfied with any and everything I ever gave them. After my divorce, once again I adjusted my holiday celebration to accommodate the absence of my children while they visited with their father. Since for me Christmas is all about the kids, we celebrated when they came home but as long as my children weren’t around on December 25th, it was just another day to me. Still is. I love Jesus Christ but I refuse to bust my budget to buy gifts for people in an effort to show the love I should’ve been sharing all along!
For me, Christmas is a chance to celebrate the love we have for our loved ones. My gift to you, as always, is PeaceLoveHappiness!!