I've been feeling a little Grinch-y this year. Neither family wants to continue the Christmas traditions we have become accustomed to and so I'm thinking of starting my own. Or just randomly making them up. I have a few ideas and a few are still stewing. A few months ago, I came across this War on Christmas article and it has been on my mind ever since. I've been silently waging my own Christmas battles for the past few years. So many around us immerse themselves in Christmas from the day after Thanksgiving until that can't possible stand it and Dec 26th all the decorations come down. Someone always asks me why the heck our tree is still up and decorated on January 4th.
The twelve days of Christmas really don't start until Christmas day. And they end at the Epiphany, the 6th of January. This year, I think I will participate in advent more and leave the anticipation and excitement of Christmas to Christmas. Having a child's birthday just 6 days before Christmas is probably a good deciding factor too. I don't want him to feel like his birthday is lost in the hustle and chaos that is the holiday season.
This year, there will be no black Friday shopping, advent will be fully embraced, the tree may not get decorated until just before Christmas. And all will be right in our world.