December 23, 2008

Christmas time

Warning, this may be a rambling post....

I think my Christmas Spirit ran away without me this year.

Christmas time is not all that enjoyable to me. I know it should be, but I am always too stressed with trying to figure out how we can possibly have time to see all the family we should, because seeing all the family is what keeps them happy. Why is it that all the families want to have Christmas lunch? Why do none of them ever want to have Christmas dinner instead? Makes it very difficult for us; we can't be in more than one place at a time. The other thing is how long is an "acceptable" amount of time to stay at a family thing (acceptable in that we have spent enough time there for them to feel like we care) if we have to run off to some other family event on the same day? Don't get me wrong, I do love my family, and spending time with them, but I just don't like it when I have to try and see all of them in the same couple of days...

I also really dislike "secret santas", you know, when you get given a name and you have to buy for that person. It's really frustrating for me because I'm not that good at buying presents for people I know well, let alone people I don't know very well. You want to get them something that they will like, but I find that almost impossible if you don't know the person well. I suppose the best thing to do is take a guess and just get them that. I guess that they must do the same, because it shows that they don't know you very well by what they get you. That's why I think that while it's a nice gesture, "secret santas" are a waste of time because generally, everyone gets something they don't want/need. I don't like just buying something for the sake of it.

I don't like Christmas shopping, and I really don't like the crowds of Christmas shoppers. Ok, so I don't love shopping in general, but Christmas time makes it worse than normal.

By the time Christmas is over, I am all partied-out and socialised-out, and just need to veg for a week to get over it... and invariably, I don't feel like doing anything at all on my birthday which is a few days after Christmas. All too soon it is new years....

I wonder if anyone else feels this way around Christmas?

I feel like such a scrooge. Bah, humbug.......

2 comments:

Sumara said...

I also haven't felt very Christmassy this year, which is a bizarre feeling for me because I usually love it. I'm usually very excited and sentimental about the whole thing, but this year I just wanted it to be over and done with. I enjoyed sorting out pressies for the kids but that's about it. Gifts for everyone else was such a chore, and I've just been overwhelmed with the amount of STUFF that gets consumed at this time of year. Lights, presents, paper, cards, food, junk... it's endless, and really quite depressing!

Yes, secret santas are ridiculous. Pointless. Just more STUFF.

Anyway. I'm now looking forward to a great year in 2009 and I am going to start making/buying next year's Christmas gifts NOW, so that next December will be relaxing and I can enjoy it again.

Oh and did you decide to do anything for your birthday? It's on Sunday isn't it? Or Monday?

HayleyB said...

It's good to know I'm not the only one in the non-Christmassy boat this Christmas. Glad that someone else also thinks that secret santas are annoying and pointless. Good idea to start early for Christmas 2009 presents! If I were to do that, I would need to put everything in the one place or I'd forget what I had for which person. Perhaps I will also make a start early, though that doesn't help with the secret santas.....

Birthday plans kind of went down the gurgler as you know, I didn't feel like doing anything at all... Oh well. Maybe next time.