1.02.2014

12/13

Barry and I did things differently than usual this December.  We didn't send holiday cards.  We didn't bake Christmas treats.  We didn't watch holiday specials on t.v.  We didn't get a Christmas tree.  Instead, I gathered pine branches from a discarded pile in a neighbor's yard and arranged them in a large vase in our apartment - that was the extent of our decorating.  We didn't spend weeks making our Christmas gifts.  We spent one day shopping for presents for our families.  And we didn't get gifts for one another.  We decided to wait until the new year to look for a piece of art or furniture for our place together - a gift to ourselves.  We essentially treated this December as if it were any other month.  Some of that was intentional, although much of it just sort of happened due to busy work and travel schedules.  It certainly wasn't the most romantic Christmas ever, but it was the calmest, most stress-free holiday season I can remember.  And I liked it just fine.

4 comments:

Connie said...

That sounds good to me. Holiday time can be such a time suck.

Connie said...

That sounds good to me. Holiday time can be such a time suck.

house on hill road said...

happy new year, susan! i had an intentional december, too - no travel for the first time in over a decade. it made all the difference!

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I made the decision to do the same several years ago and have enjoyed the holidays even more.

Indian food & a movie on Christmas day and a backpacking trip over New Year's was how we spent this season