It’s finally CHRISTMAS TIME! I’ve been looking forward to it since June…honestly since the last Christmas. I love this time of year! I love when the Autumn season comes because it is a prelude to the holiday season. I look forward to Halloween because it means that Practice Christmas, I mean Thanksgiving, is around the corner and I can work out any recipe kinks to have an enjoyable Christmas Dinner. The preparation of butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, onions, season salt, and cheese must be handled with the utmost care and perfection; or all could be lost. Could this be a bit dramatic? I’m sure it is, because that’s the kind of girl I am. In the nostalgic words of Popeye, “I am what I am”…. There is so much joy that comes this time of the year.
For some, Christmas is not embraced as the icing on the cake that helps to end the year with a jolly “Ho Ho Ho”. Instead, it’s met with a grumbling “Bah-Hum-Bug”. Not just because of bad Christmas experiences that have turned them into Scrooges or Grinches, but because CHRISTMAS IS EXPENSIVE!!!! The cost and length of your Christmas To-Do List can bring on stress and cause one to feel overwhelmed. Why you ask? Why? Because we want everything to be perfect and memorable! We want our Christmas Traditions to continue to be passed on. We want every Christmas to be the one that outshines the last one. We want our children to be amazed at all that Santa has brought for them. We want to impress and bring smiles to hardened faces. This inevitably requires money. Christmas is probably the most expensive time of the year. The groceries for dinner (including desserts), Christmas Trees, Lights and Decor for inside and outside the home, Christmas Pajamas (a fun extra), Christmas Cards, and Christmas Gifts all add up.
–Did you know that some people take out loans to have a Holly Jolly Christmas? I just found this out. I mean, yes the lights and decorations can still bring a since of awe and wonderment no matter the age, but I ain’t takin’ no loans out so people can “ooh and ahh” and not help with the light bill.–
But here’s the thing, you can’t allow all the pressures that come with Christmas to bring you down. You can’t allow this time of year to stress you out or turn you into a Grinch or Scrooge. Yes this time of year is expensive, so do what you can, and be grateful that you are able to do just that. Enjoy this time of year with family and friends understanding that it isn’t always the big things that bring the best memories. Sometimes the little things, like watching a Christmas movie every night or baking homemade cookies is all you need to bring on traditions and memories. Even these simple things can grow a Grinch’s heart and make a Scrooge smile. I’ve seen it happen. What can you do to have a Happy Christmas?
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