It's all about Halloween for me from this point forward
I get it....that does make things seem bleak during a joyous time. My family stopped exchanging gifts 10 years ago. It makes things so much simpler. If you WANT to give a gift, it has to be something you made, or baked. Honestly, it was the best thing we ever did. All that aside....roll up your sleeves...it's time for Halloween 2015!!!I'm just tired of the over commercialization, the stress financially of trying to get gifts for everyone and the awkwardness when you don't
We have been doing a smaller xmas for a few years now, and it has been much more enjoyable with out all the fuss of pushing people out the way at a store to save $5 on a every year. now we just give the kids money and have a nice dinner with each other. We don't celebrate New Years either, just waiting for this year to be over so we can get on with 2015.We are as well. Christmas would be a lot more enjoyable if it was just "our" family. (my wife, son and daughters) We understand the what the day means and enjoy the simpler celebration.
Now, bring on New Years, something we DO NOT celebrate, so we can get on with 2015.
Just keep your fingers crossed that the Easter Bunny does not take a cue and leave 'presents' all over the house in a few months...There is NO holiday too small for my family to celebrate, LOL. The "leprechaun" even leaves chocolate coins all over the house on St. Patrick's Day.
As a kid, teen, adult we always drove 65 miles away to a bigger town to have a big meal with relatives. Nearly all of them are "gone" now. the cousins don't care, too far away , ex cetra.
I miss the Great Uncle , his silly Wife, the banter between my Dad and his two sisters. along with others who came and left the family ..
There were traditions of the Uncle cooking the Turkey, Aunts making certain dishes, deserts! Pies, wilted cabbage (in vinegar) Remembering my Cousin's Husband (now "Ex") saying before he became a part of this family , that he thought the only thing anybody used Vinegar for was washing windows!
The part of Christmas I don't miss was my younger sister thumbing through all the catalogs Christmas morning, pricing out how much our Parents had spent on each of us, then throwing a fit if her total was 2cenrts less than mine or little brother's total. "WHAAA!" (And catalog's prices vary , did you get the right catalogs?)
I hear you and agree. We live 2000 miles from my mom and about 1000 miles from the inlaws. It makes family celebrations very small indeed.That's another thing that has really changed our view on Christmas "celebration". Between deaths. divorces and what not, the family structure is not what it was when I was a kid. Heck, not even what it was 15 years ago. It's a shame really. I can honestly say that Halloween is the only time of year that is pure enjoyment for us.