I don’t like Christmas.
I don’t exactly dislike Christmas, but I definitely don’t like it either.
For some, that seems like blasphemy, but for the past few years I’ve found it increasingly difficult to get in the “Christmas spirit.”
I honestly wouldn’t feel any sense of loss if I quit celebrating the holiday entirely. I’m just not emotionally attached to this time of year and it often feels like unnecessary stress.
I’ll admit, though, I love Christmas trees. No two trees are shaped and decorated exactly the same, and the ornaments say a lot about the decorators.
My family has traveled a lot, and every time we go somewhere we hunt for tangible representations of that place so we can decorate our tree like a map of our experiences. Sometimes those items are designed to be ornaments, but often they require drilling holes and creating hooks before they can hang from the branches of our Douglas fir.
Even though the individual ornaments say a lot, a few years ago my sister and I decided to position them so they’d make a cohesive story. We set up relationships between various “characters” and established political conflicts. It was so fun and added an extra dimension to the diverse branches. Christmas is a time to reconnect with friends and family (it’ll be the first time I see my sister in six months), feast on ham and roast beef, and enjoy the gorgeous greenery and lights. It may not be my favorite holiday, but little moments like these make it better.
I also make the holidays better by live tweeting them. Read how here.