It’s getting closer to Christmas and I’ve actually hardly noticed! I have been counting down the days until my two week holiday shut-down at work (18th), however not Christmas. I’ve stopped celebrating Christmas and generally ditched my Christian status about 8 years ago. I’ve stopped decorating, buying a tree and garnishing my nails with holiday scenes. My Catholic husband doesn’t seem to care, as he surely doesn’t feel like climbing on the roof to hang lights and right back up to remove them.
I enjoy not having the pressure to exchange gifts or make relatives happy. My father spends most of his winter time in Hawaii and I see my brother often enough for him to spend the holidays with his fiance’s family. He is also a Christmas-season baby like myself, so we’ll hook-up for some pub crawling the weekend after. The lack of pressure also really helps my mental ups and downs.
I have two small glitches to my plan of complete Christmasness… two nephews. I’ll play along for their sake while they are kids, although at 18, they will become adults and no auto-presenting will occur.
This doesn’t mean I’m not generous with my money or time. Although I do give regularly to my favorite charities*, I tend to give a bit to other causes this time of the year. I also love spending time to make wreaths and door swags for the local gardening club, workdays at Volo Bog and organizing toys for the needy.
Anyway, it won’t be long before it is inappropriate to say Merry Christmas. ‘Happy Holidays‘ has been in use for a good 20 years to my recollection, and ‘Merry Christmas’ only first uttered around 1565. The new phrase is to prevent any offense to non-Christians. Recently, I’ve just chose to say, ‘Enjoy your time off!’ As you may not get these religious holidays off in the future, either. Change is inevitable. There were many religions before Christian and there will be many more after it. So…
Enjoy your time off!!!
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl