Let’s talk Christmas…. i thought i would share some personal thoughts about Christmas which i have.
There is alot of talk and hype about Christmas on social media but even in real life as well, and i know i have mentioned Christmas MANY times on social media the past week(s). There is christmas food, celebrations, presents, decorations and the list goes on…. But is Christmas really that great?
For me, i guess i have this picture of how cosy christmas is… together with the family, but it never turns out the way i imagined. Instead its stressful with the food, its heated discussions at the dinner table, the elderly in my family often talk about calories, weight and post christmas diets at the table. They comment about my food and my portions. You don’t get any space on your own on Christmas as it’s all about “family” time. I despise the commercialism around Christmas and i don”t like receiving gifts… infact i hate the whole “let’s give out the gifts” part of Christmas, i would much rather skip that. I hate how everyone has different expectations of how Christmas should be and it never lives up to anyones imagined day. Not to mention that there is often ALOT of meat and animal products for the majority of households on Christmas, luckily we are having a 80% vegan christmas which means alot to me.
I know that not everyone celebrates, so i can imagine that if you don’t celebrate, dont have anyone to celebrate with or you live alone or you just don’t like christmas you might feel lonely and excluded during the weeks following up to the holiday. Everyone excited and hyped up. But if i am honest, i don’t like Christmas that much. Not to mention that several Christmas holidays were a disaster and a bit of a nightmare because of my previous eating eating disorder and mental illnesses. Far too many Christmases i have cried and hidden myself away and thought very negative thoughts. I think last year, 2016, was the first christmas in many years that i actually felt positive and happy for the majority of the day..
What i don’t like about Christmas either is the pressure of the perfect gift, the perfect day, the perfect food…. it can all be too much.
What i do like about christmas though is just being with my family. There is something special about waking up on Christmas morning with my family and there is a special vibe in the air, but by the end of the day everyone is tired and ready to have some “alone time”.
Why am i writing this post? Well because i need to be honest and if there are others who don’t like or celebrate Christmas – know that you aren’t alone. It’s not as great or special as some make it out to be.
How to make Christmas great according to me? Skip the gifts and commercialism. Skip the christmas music. Spend time with the people you love, whoever that may be. Make your favourite and delicious food, skip the traditional food which you might not even like. Do something you love and take the pressure away from having a perfect or picturesque day… it’s not like in the movies and the day will never go as you expected, planned or wanted. Just try to have a good day.
Christmas really isn’t that special unless you are religious and in all honesty, it is just another day according to me, hahaha.
These are just my thoughts and i know that some people LOVE Christmas, and that is fine as well, we are all different. But i thought i would share my thoughts nonetheless, and i plan to have a great Christmas this year anyway even if i may seem like the grinch at times!!!