Merry Christmas!

May you enjoy the holiday in whatever way works for you. Merry Christmas!

My family doesn’t get too crazy this time of year. We all get a few gifts, we give extra to charity, and we keep things pretty low-key. We’ve never done the whole Santa thing with our son, so it’s easy to keep things simple, and avoid some of the materialism that necessarily comes with the holiday.

But, to tell the truth, if Santa and presents and everything else adds joy to your life, I don’t have a problem with it.

Merry Christmas

In fact, in my mind, Christmas is a great holiday, and it would be nice if everyone could spend doing what they like best. We don’t get very religious for Christmas; we just enjoy each other’s company for a few hours of presents and food, and then we pretty much do whatever we want. This is the one day a year that I do?absolutely nothing but read and eat candy,?my son gets to put together elaborate new LEGO sets and watch as many movies as he wants, and my husband goes back to bed for as long as he desires.

We celebrate Christmas by indulging in our somewhat modest fantasies about what a perfect day at home would be like. We don’t usually gather with extended family (unless someone comes here, but this year we’re alone) until a day or two later.

And it’s great.

There’s no pressure to buy anything. Or to make money. Or to even manage the money. It’s just existence. And for one day each year, everything goes just as it should. (Mostly. Last year my son and I both had the flu on Christmas. But it was still a good day.)

I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, and that whatever you do, it is a happy time for you. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, but you live in a place where you get the day off work, I hope you have a fantastic day. Honestly, even if Christmas isn’t even recognized where you are, I still hope you have a good day — although it won’t be connected with Christmas.

Merry, Merry Christmas!

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