It's been some years since I got off what I refer to as "the crazy Christmas train."
I hope I don't sound too awful much like Scrooge. Because this is just a personal choice.
I did all the parental Christmas duties when my girls were young and impressionable.
I was certainly quite involved with making their Christmases merry and bright.
But my children are grown, and we stopped exchanging presents years ago, by mutual decision.
I just think the entire country is far too materialistic, and we're spoiling our children beyond measure.
Glad I spit that out and got it over with, because I know it sounds a bit harsh.
Crazily shopping and ratcheting up the credit cards while stressing for one holiday seems utterly ridiculous to me.
So I stepped off the crazy Christmas train.
For me now at the cusp of 60, holidays are whatever I want them to be.
My Christmas holiday is simple. I cook a meal, one that will provide leftovers and/or freeze. And have a very relaxed day.
Or I could be painting, and that has become relaxing for me to some degree. If a bit messy! But I get a whole lot of thinking done while I'm wielding a paint brush.
I will reiterate that this is a personal choice. It is not a judgment of anyone's holiday plans.
It's just not for me.
I know that many people feel that it isn't a proper holiday unless they have dozens of presents under a tree with all the hoopla.
And advertisers do their dead level best to have everyone frothing at the mouth for the newest and coolest gadget on the market.
I can't blame them. It is their biggest shopping event of the year.
I just believe that we should go by personal choice. And not get bogged down by what everyone expects.
So however you choose to celebrate the holiday, I wish you a wonderful day. Whether that's having in lots of family or taking a longed for vacation.
I will happily be doing my own thing. Whatever that turns out to be.