I will be taking a little break for the holidays and might get back to it later next week or even after the first of the year. Not sure it just depends on how lazy I decide to be.
I hope everyone has a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.
I will be celebrating our Christmas tomorrow for a few reasons. Usually my husband is on call during the holidays and plus this way we can have a bit of calm and quiet before we have to make the grandparents happy and exchange gifts with just the 6 of us granted 2 are cats and one is our rabbit. Plus I can have a chance to have a bit of a lighter vegan holiday feast. Truth be told I am really wanting to give my daughter her presents and I really hope she likes them. My daughter is getting a book from an author that she fell in love with and actually was the first book I ever read to her. She will also be getting something that she needs in the way of clothes. Unfortunately kids outgrow just about everything in almost the blink of an eye. My husbands gift is a book he has been wanting. Very simple gifts.
What will your feast include? How will you be celebrating the holidays?
As many people are rushing to the malls or big box stores to finish and panic to get that last minute gift or holiday bauble for decorating. I have been just quietly sitting back and watching all the madness. This is not meant to thumb my nose at people who are doing this it is more of a question of why and maybe add some things that might help.
For starters I got started early and therefore finished early. I did most of my shopping on line even though I was wanting to get most things local but, was unable to find what I wanted to get certain folks. I also set a budget and did not use any high interest plastic for my gifts. The only plastic I used was my debit card and then the rest was paid in cash.
I have been surprised but, not by much at how this has affected most people. Many or at least the ones I have seen and come across in various shopping centers have had a frown on their faces. I try to smile back at these folks but, many have not smiled back. Granted they are probably stressed out.
I have had my own bit of stress as well especially when it comes to trying to coordinate my 3 year old daughter spending time with her grandmother and gand in laws.
I have been a bit concerned by the amount of spending and getting that has even affected my daughter who at present wants just about everything she sees much to my great annoyance especially when you try so hard to lead by example and not have so much stuff and just the number of things in your house can be overwhelming. I personally hope that my daughter is not disappointed by the lack of what she is getting. I hope she remembers spending time in the kitchen with me baking cookies and decorating the tree instead.
For me I will always cherish the memories of the holiday season and not the stuff. Personally I could not tell you what my husband has gotten me as gifts the past few years that we have been together I just remember spending time with him and then our daughter when she was born. Those are what I cherish the most.
What about you what do you cherish the most or remember the best/most about the holidays?
Unless you have been living under a rock lately I am sure you know about the latest school shooting in the US. What I do not like is the fact that the news media is lapping it up like a cat after you spill milk. Is it sad yes, is it tragic yes even more so since it is very close to the holidays, and most of the children were between 5 and 10. My heart goes out to all the families affected.
Does it make me reconsider having my daughter who is not yet school age attend school a bit I will admit. Does this mean I will never have her attend public school ever. Probably not. Will I do anything to protect her yes, yes I will. I can not protect her from everything although there are times that I wish that I could. All children are precious is just my personal opinion. I just hope that people find a way to move forward and live no matter what.