Stress relief for folks that aren't part of the holiday shopping madness.
|A Favorite ornament|
Every year, whether or not one feels the holiday spirit is a subject of conversation.
The Santa ornament in the photo here, I have no idea where he is because I'm not opening all the boxes. I decorate up to the That's Enough zone.
I will not be putting up the taller tree as in not spending a month rearranging ornaments. Two small trees on the bookshelf look festive enough. Instead of baking cookies, I've made holiday ornaments, and greeting cards are in progress.
However, after watching the holiday Great British Baking Shows, I may toss a bit of flour around, crack an egg or two, and find the ginger. On a side note, I know from using vintage cookbooks, to always look at the number after the word at the end of the recipe...Makes. The first time I made chocolate chip cookies, I was at the oven for almost the entire afternoon. Did I need 12 dozen? No.
It is perfectly all right to not celebrate the holidays with gift giving and parties. The holidays are ripe for increasing the depth of depression. I prefer to invest my time in being good to myself by taking control of celebrating. For example, watching the holiday Hallmark and such movies, limiting decorations, planning a garden, looking forward to Spring. I gave up feeling guilty about not wanting to celebrate the holidays. I stopped making excuses and just tell folks, "I'm not celebrating this year." I now celebrate in ways that are easy for me to deal with.