Confession: I’m a bit of a humbug.
The reason for my humbugginess is that Christmas, in all of it’s glory, makes me feel…guilty. (Or it could be my head isn’t screwed on just right.) Nevertheless, I feel guilty for a million things this time of year including (but not limited to):
- …costing someone the price of my presents.
- …wanting presents.
- …eating too many cookies.
- …spending too much money.
- …not spending enough money.
- …fussing over how I’m going to decorate our house for Christmas even though I don’t like Christmas decorations, and yet as a blogger I really should be decorating for every holiday, especially Christmas.
I also get overwhelmed by the throngs of people and stuff everywhere I turn. I mean, where did all these people come from and why are they all at Hobby Lobby at 6pm on a Monday? Where did all these nick-knacks come from and where will they go once this charade is over? Such waste! And then there’s the cheesy music, dancing Santas (shudder), bell ringers…all the noise, noise, noise, noise!
However, if I shut my eyes to all the chaos that surrounds this holiday, I find great joy in the simple pleasures of the season. And so here is how this humbug celebrates Christmas.
How A Humbug Celebrates Christmas
My Christmas Tree
I don’t wanna tree. I don’t need a tree. But I still have meaningful ornaments. And if I don’t put them up, they will begin to grow jealous of the pumpkins I so eagerly put out in the fall.
Last year I told you about my favorite ornament. My second favorite is this happy little gingerbread man:
My Favorite Christmas Movies
These five movies consistently make it on the list of what I watch at Christmas. At least, they’re the ones I considered worthy enough to purchase.
A movie and a cup of cocoa or a movie playing while I bake, I can think of nothing cozier.
My Christmas Decorations
Yesterday, I committed the very crime that humbugs fight against: I fretted over how “late” my decorations were going up. In the blogging world, Christmas was over 2 months ago. Content has been shared, pinned, created…and here I am with my few twigs of cedar and a stalk of cranberries on December 1. I should not have felt intimidated, but I did.
However, after putting together my cranberry wreaths and cutting some branches from my cedars, I immediately felt assured. This was Christmas decor my way. Simple, natural, minimal. And that’s okay.
TIP: Save money on wreaths by purchasing woven ones. Then you can weave in arrangements to suit the season and pull them out for the next. No gluing necessary.
The Christmas Cookies
I’m willing to feel some guilt if it means nibbling on gingerbread cookies.
My Favorite Gift
The joy of visiting with friends and family at parties, craft fairs, puzzle nights, goofy gift exchanges, bake nights and everything in between is what redeems this holiday for me.
Take away the ornaments, movies, decorations and cookies– I don’t care. But by all means leave my people! They are why this humbug celebrates Christmas.
Now it’s your turn!
What are your favorite traditions? How do you find joy and meaning in the holidays? What are your go-to cookies and movies? Please share…you might even give this humbug some ideas for next year. 🙂