For the first time I can remember I engaged in a very quiet, laid-back, no fuss Christmas season. Usually, I have lots of family and friends over and buy a ton of gifts. I’m not going to blame it one having holiday blues for doing without the fanfare this time around.
After much thought I was honest with myself. I just didn’t feel like all the hoopla. I didn’t feel like after working all week, coming home Friday evening to begin preparations to feed twenty people. The thought of having to clean up afterwards made me nauseous. God bless my hubby. After whining — yes, I was whining — to him for ten minutes, he looked at me and said, “If you don’t feel like it, then don’t do it.” And just like that I felt free as a bird.
As far as the gift going went I limited the giving to my immediate family. A girl’s gotta save for retirement…know what I mean?
Nope, no indulging for me. I spent my Christmas holiday like this. Friday evening the hubby and I went over to our daughter’s (Martia) and son’s-in-law (Joe) home for a gathering. Every year Joe’s mother (Laura) hosts a Pollyanna party with a theme. This year’s PJs theme was held at Martia’s and Joe’s. Although we didn’t participate in the Pollyanna we had a ball playing games, eating and mingling. I even won a raffle prize!
Christmas Eve morning I hosted a small, intimate breakfast which was a lot of fun and not taxing. We listened to music, our pastor (Pastor Richardson) and Martia’s father-in-law (Big Joe) turns out grew up in the same neighborhood. Everyone at the table got caught up listening to the two reminisce about the old days. Of course, as an author this was right up my alley for gleaning story ideas. 🙂
On Christmas morning we went to church as any other Sunday morning. After service Daddy came home with us to spend the day, which isn’t unusual on a Sunday. My sister Robin, Martia and the love of my life, my grandson, Joey shortly joined us. The girls and I donned our PJs, courtesy of my baby girl, Melanie.
There was no traditional dinner to stuff our bellies with. Instead we lounged around watching cable, talking, laughing, and munching on appetizers and sweets for hours. And guess what? We all enjoyed our minimalists Christmas! Lord willing, I’ll probably do it again in 2017!
How did you spend your Christmas?
Until next time,