My shops have been extremely busy these past few weeks and I’m down to the final wire before I close them down for the week between Christmas & New Years. I haven’t taken a day off in weeks so I’m looking forward to taking a break, spending time with David and oh yeah, do the dreaded task of end-of-year inventory of my business.
But my point in telling you this is that with all this day and night hustle with orders, I haven’t had to “sweat” the holidays because I’ve dropped a lot of the conventional expectations that most people succumb to with the holidays.
We don’t exchange gifts (well, David really needed a nice, supportive pillow and I needed a coffee maker, so we bought those earlier this month when running errands together, but that’s it); we don’t even do stocking stuffers and you know what, it’s no big deal and we appreciate not dealing with the hassle. And I convinced my family and friends not to do gift exchanges years ago and everyone appreciates having one less thing to do.
We don’t do holiday parties (though we’re not really in social circles that do all that; we’d rather have more intimate get-togethers with close friends and even then, those can wait until after the holidays), we don’t send out cards (I’d rather send personalized cards to people throughout the year when they least expect) and we don’t feel compelled to go all decoration crazy. Heck, we only got the tree up today and only have a strand of lights decorating the outside of our front door. That’s it.
And I only make enough holidays cookies to send a small batch to my elder in-laws and to keep a few in the house for us to nibble on. Perhaps not having kids or big corporate jobs or the fact that we live in a rural area helps cut down on the expectations, but it really boils down to you and choosing what you want to partake in and what you don’t.
So it may sound scroog-y to keep holidays low-key, but I guarantee you that you’ll find them much more enjoyable and keeping in line with the true sentiment of the holidays.
What have you given up for the holidays this year (or what do you vow to give up next year)? How do you keep it low-key and more meaningful?