I’ve minimized my participation in Christmas.
I used to be way more “into” Christmas. Oh my gosh. At one time I had at least five trees. Decorations for all of them. Then I had the non-tree decorations….stand-alone stuff. Enough twinkling lights to string them for miles. Indoor stuff. Outdoor stuff. It took me several days to get it all set up. I had to take down some of my “regular” decorations, just to make room for the holiday stuff. It would be on display for about a month. Then it was time to take it all down and store it for eleven months.
Today I have no decorations. I may buy and/or make a few gifts for family. Dave and I don’t exchange gifts. We gather with family. I write to some people to say hello and share a little about what is up. I might listen to a few Christmas tunes. The rest of my life is mostly just the same as it always is. I like it though. It’s elegant in that it’s simple and more peaceful.
It’s the right choice for me. I don’t miss it. I feel it’s in better alignment with my values.