Ah…Christmas is right around the corner like it is every year. The lights get taken up from the basement and people are bright and cheerful. Just like every other year. Whether you have a case of the Christmas blues of a case of the Grinch, some years Christmas is simply not exciting. If this year is your year then the following article might just be your guide.
1) Thou Shalt Not Send Christmas Cards Nor Receive Any
Christmas cards are one of the unnecessary parts of Christmas that remind you exactly how much it doesn’t matter that everyone in the world tells you how their family is doing. Not sending not only saves money, but it also saves the time and effort of sending photos, cards, or whatever you might send every year.
2) A Living Dead Thing in the Living Room?
Christmas trees might have been swell back when we were all younger, but they have since outlived much of their usefulness. While it’s nice to spend the morning around a warm fire opening presents, that’s ONLY ONE DAY. The rest of the time you spend watering the thing and vacuuming up hordes of falling needles. Not only that but you have to go out and get one, but you have to set it up and take it down every year. And if you get a fake one, that just adds directions to figure out.
3) Presents are for Starving Children in Africa
To be honest, Christmas gifts are a bit gratuitous. The United States, one of the richest countries in the world, sets aside yet another date just so people can give more presents to family. There is nothing wrong with a simple gift exchange, or even doing away with it altogether if possible. Gone will be the days of either getting or getting something that you will never use in this lifetime. What happened to loving people simply for who they were anyway? Besides, no presents means not having to buy them.
4) Refuse the Eggnog
Refusing to fall prey to the Christmas blues means not running out to the store and buying the roast beast or the cute gingerbread cookies that you get for your family every year. Ask yourself, do you really need all of those material goods? On top of that, all of the ceramics, the wrapping paper, and the ribbons only add to the reminder that it is Christmas time and that you are miserable (if you happened to be). Avoid the reminders and do away with the extras. Simplicity is sometimes the best.
5) Do Something Else
This is probably the easiest of the five. If you have the money, why not head off to the Bahamas during the harsh winter season? That way Christmas can be avoided while you bask in the sun getting a nice tan to show off when you come back. On top of that, when you come back you will have something to talk about instead of the normal mundane conversation that you might get with aunts and uncles every other Christmas. Lastly, this option might also give you a chance to fully relax, find yourself, and rekindle any lost love for the world’s favorite 25th day of December.
There is no foolproof method to eradicating Christmas from your life for one year but every little thing can help. For most of us it is a time of joy but for others, it might be a bad memory or a period of stress. No matter what, something must be done and if you have to take a season off, ten you must.