I’ve never been much of what you might call a “holiday person”. I grew up feeling more uncomfortable and awkward at my family’s gatherings than anything. They were always more of an obligation than something that I actually enjoyed. There’s not much I hate more than feeling obliged to do something that I don’t want to do.
I’m much older now and some things have changed. I still avoid my distant relatives, but I get to spend time with my brother’s family instead, and I do love seeing my little niece and nephew. I appreciate my immediate family members more as I get older, but I have a difficult time specifically with Christmas. It’s simply very tough to keep from stressing out when I’m broke and can’t afford the gifts I would like to buy. I try to keep it small and thoughtful, but I feel inadequate anyway.
I think that everyone would be a lot happier if we could all focus instead on family and letting the time we spend together be our holiday gift to each other. Years from now, I highly doubt we’ll remember the crap we bought for one another, but I bet that we’ll remember the moments we shared.
I don’t mind the holiday season quite as much as I once did, but I’m still relieved every year when it ends. It throws life into a bit of chaos and interrupts all my routines. I have more free time but I can’t seem to get anything done. I never feel like working around the holidays.
Honestly, I can’t wait for January to roll around so I can focus and get back to business. Enough of spending money I don’t have and taking time off to go places that I can’t afford. It all causes more stress than it’s worth, in my opinion. I’d rather take a random week off in the spring or summer and spend time with family when we can actually get out and enjoy ourselves.
The holidays aren’t my thing, and I don’t especially understand those people who get way into them. I won’t judge if I don’t get judged in return! I’d rather be out in nature avoiding society until the whole holiday season is over. Maybe someday I’ll feel differently … but I doubt it!