So, first I wanna preface this by saying I would never have, nor want a Christmas without presents for my kids. Christmas is very much a children’s holiday, and I’d never want to rob them of the joy of opening presents, nor the joy us parents have in watching their eyes light up when they open them.
When I say I’d like a Christmas with no presents, I’m referring to us adults.
Every year, I have to try to construct a Christmas list, and every year I just can’t do it. Like, I’m actually incapable of it. I never know what to ask for. I’m an adult. I make my own money. If there’s something I want, I’ll just get it myself. The only types of things I REALLY want are things that are so expensive that I could never expect to be gifted to me.
I know that some enjoy it, but for me and others like me, it can add unneeded stress to an otherwise beautiful holiday and season. It can really bother one’s anxiety buying gifts for others and wondering if your gift is good enough. Especially when Christmas comes and they get you something cooler than what you got them. As cool as the gifts can sometimes be, is any of it really needed?
I’m perfectly content decorating the house with lights and trees, cooking an enormous meal, and enjoying it with the people in my life I love most. I mean, that’s what we do for Thanksgiving, and that suits us all just fine. Ugly sweaters and adult beverages a plus.
And I know I’m not alone.