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christmas-2.0

My Christmas tree doesn’t look like much anymore. In fact. there are no gifts under the tree at all. There isn’t even a tree skirt; the dogs just keep playing with it and doing their business on it, so what’s the use?

These days, the girls’ Christmas lists just include money and gift cards so they can shop for themselves. I don’t fight mall traffic or stand in line for Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo or Furby. There are no packages hidden under drop cloths in the garage. I haven’t wrapped one single gift this year. No reason to charge the video camera to record the excited faces on Christmas morning.

Sound kinda depressing?

Not at all. I’ve traded frenzied shopping, lists and lines for time. More time with loved ones, especially my girls, whose time with us slips away too quickly. More time to relax and enjoy the season, to pause and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas.

Yesterday I did nearly half of my shopping in about 15 minutes’ time. That must be some sort of record, right? There are a couple of gifts to buy, but I won’t be stressed, hurried or frazzled. I’ll enjoy the cool weather, the decorations and the Christmas carols on the radio.

I’ve learned to embrace the changes that come with each new season of life, even as I look back misty-eyed on years past. It’s not like that anymore, but it is like this. And this is amazing.

How have your holiday celebrations changed through the years?

Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom via Flickr

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Gladys

    Sounds like my Christmas – and I LOVE it! Most of my shopping was online or gift cards, and I am so grateful I only had to make one quick trip to the mall. Definitely enjoy having less stress over finding gifts. Merry Christmas!

  2. Gladys

    Sounds like my Christmas – and I LOVE it! Most of my shopping was online or gift cards, and I am so grateful I only had to make one quick trip to the mall. Definitely enjoy having less stress over finding gifts. Merry Christmas!

  3. Lauren Watson

    So very true. It gets harder as people get older to buy Christmas presents as does time gets more precious. Enjoy your girls and your husband…. I love you four tremendously.

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