It’s that time of year again, the time when the shops have started stocking Christmas gifts and food, television adverts are full of Christmas gifts, and your inbox is full of the latest offers on Christmas gifts from online stores. Normally this all gets me in a really bad mood. All the pressure to buy buy buy. I’m known as the Scrooge in my family, I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas. I think it’s become overrated, commercially focused and downright expensive!
When I think about what I always loved about Christmas as a child I remember:
- Going to carols by candlelight at the local church
- Having the family together for Christmas dinner
- Playing games with my family
- Being woken up on the hour every hour by my over excited Sister
None of it involves presents, if I’m honest I can only remember one or two things I received as presents ever. Christmas isn’t about presents it’s about family, but you buy presents because it’s expected even though like many people you can’t afford it.
The thing is, I wasn’t alone in how I felt, the rest of my family felt the same, we all had a long chat and agreed that Christmas should be about family and not struggling for money so we’ve made a pact to not buy presents for each other this year. Instead we are making sure that we all get together and spend time together as a family, we’ve got it all planned out. We know who is going to be where and when. We have the lifts sorted out, who is cooking when and where and for the first time since I can remember I’m actually looking forward to Christmas and not worried sick about money!