Thursday, December 01, 2011

How to have a really good Christmas

Our family likes to wait until the last minute to decorate and put up our Christmas (yes, an HR person said CHRISTMAS) tree. It’s not because we are procrastinating, it’s just that it doesn’t seem right to have it up mid-November. A month is a very long time to look at sparkly, twinkly, musical items. And it’s not because we do the real tree thing – we have a cool and realistic looking artificial tree…it’s one of the few items that I prefer to go “fake”. Real trees are awesome, but they are messy.

We just like the Christmas mood to come to us and not force feed it down our throat.
For some reason it surprises people that I’m not a big fan of the Christmas time thing. I’m not sure why it’s a surprise – it involves committing to plans in advance, socializing, excessive consumerism, and guilt.

Now it’s no secret to those that know me that I’m a less than stellar daughter. I don’t play by the official rule book (daily phone calls, consulting on all decisions, overdoing the gratitude, caring about every ache and pain), but this doesn’t mean I’m cold and callous. I just don’t feel the need to force something that is very awkward and fake to me.

But at Christmas time, some people would rather the artificial sentiment, so long as it looks and smells like the real thing, rather than the real deal. They have the Hallmark/ Norman Rockwell image of what a family at Christmas should be, and dammit we will look the part…even when the other 364 days of the year we don’t even come close.

Like real trees, real sentiments and feelings are messy, but unlike trees, artificial sentiments just don’t cut it.

My very short list of items which are better as the real thing:

• Chocolate
• Coffee
• Cheese
• Books
• Feelings & sentiments

All of these have a cost associated with getting the real deal; however, they are infinitely more satisfying.