How was your Christmas? Mine was a family-centric holiday, just the way I like it: I slept over at my parents’ place on Christmas Eve and have been there since. We didn’t open our gifts until the afternoon, which was fine with us all because we’re at the stage where getting a good night’s sleep trumps waking up early.
When I looked under the tree, as full of gifts as it was, I was reminded of how blessed we are, not just with a great family but with so many THINGS. The consensus was that the preparation was all too much: too much stress over what to buy for the other family members and too many gifts. In all the rushing around it’s easy to lose sight that Christmas is about reflecting on the reason we celebrate Christmas. Next year we’ll each pick a name of a family member to buy a gift for instead of buying for everyone. A price limit will be decided upon and people can buy smaller gifts or stocking stuffers for the other family members, if desired. We don’t need more things; we need more time together to enjoy each other’s company.
As we get older, I cherish Christmas with my family even more because I know that soon enough (hopefully!) we’ll have in-laws to consider. My friends who are married or dating talk about having to plan when they’ll have Christmas with their biological family and when they’ll see their in-laws over the holidays, and alternating on successive years. It’s hard to imagine that some of us may not be able to make it to my parents’ place for Christmas celebrations in the future due to where we’ll be living or due to other family obligations, but at the same time it’s something to look forward to!