So anyone of you who know me well know that I am a Christmas fanatic. I love Christmas. I love decorating and lights and Christmas cookies. I love Christmas music. I am greatly indebted to my mother for the love of the Advent season. Growing up my home was full of Christmas joy all season long. We have dozens of traditions and it's just generally a very fun time for all of us.
I am, however, becoming more and more disenchanted with the way Christmas is done in our society. It is breaking my heart. I really don't want to seem like a Scrooge. I am all for gift-giving and blessing family members and friends at this time, but the pressure is INTENSE. Get in line outside of Circuit City at 3AM on Black Friday... wait for 90 minutes with antsy kids in line at the mall to make sure you get the Santa picture... have a few "spare" gifts handy at all times during the holiday season so that you can make sure you always have something to give in return in case someone gives you a gift that you weren't expecting... argue over who gets a parking space at the mall... wait in a line that curls through the lobby of the Post Office for an hour to spend more mailing packages than you did on the present... dress your whole family up, bribe kids to stop crying with candy so you can get a good family photo to show everyone on your Christmas card list how "happy" of a family you all are. (sorry for that one Mom... :) Don't get me wrong-- I fall into these things sometimes too-- but seriously WHAT IS THE POINT? Do any of these things REALLY add joy to our lives or the Christmas season?
In that light-- I offer you what really happens-- a few of the Christmas card photo rejects:
Ahhh... now getting that out has given me Christmas joy. :)