how much do you love christmas?

on Dec 11, 2009 @ 11:20 am

Whenever I hear someone talks about how much they love Christmas and how Christmas is their favorite holiday, I feel guilty because I dread Christmas every year. Now that I am married and have kids, I dread it even more. I love the shopping part but that's about it. I find Christmas so stressful. The days leading up to it is so hectic. When Christmas finally gets here, you have to entertain the family, cook big dinners, catering to everyone's needs, all the preparation and cleaning...oh and let's not forget all the expectations...the list just goes on and on and on. I never get to relax over Christmas, if it's not one thing, it's another. Christmas is not a holiday to me, it's more work than actually going to work. I enjoy my regular weekends much more than I enjoy Christmas.

But I am afraid I am alone here because everyone I know loves Christmas. Sometimes I feel like I can't even talk about it because people gives me this odd look like I'm a giant party pooper.

What do you guys do to relax and how do you make Christmas enjoyable?

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need to be anonymous too! on Dec 11, 2009 @ 11:38 am

I too have dreaded Christmas when the entire family is around. Seems like everyone wants you to come to a million get togethers, and extended family is insulted when you don't want to exchange gifts. Budget's are tight these days! I have alot of nieces and nephews that live out of town from us. Am I supposed to buy them a $25 gift each plus pay for shipping? There has to be a limit!

We live in another province and only come home every other year for Christmas. sure, it's kind of lonely in a way, but we make sure the day is special and do more outings and stuff. One year my sister came to visit with her kids and it was nice to have an intimate group! one of the best Christmases I ever had was when my hubby and I were still childless and we went skiing on Christmas Day. We pretty much had the place to ourselves - awesome!

So yes, I'm a bit of a bah humbug too :( But I find that not being around every year helps. Maybe you could plan a vacation with your husband and kids? Scrap all presents except for some small stocking stuffers - you know the kids would be bummed to not open anything - and use the money you would have blown on crapola from Walmart on a cruise to the Bahamas!! And tell your family that since you won't be around, you won't participate in any exchanges - you won't expect anythign from them either then.

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