Okay, you still have time. Stand up. Revolt. Take the holidays back from media hoards who tell you what you should be eating, drinking, and wearing. Who you should invite to your home and what a loser you are if you don’t do what they (the media hoards) say. Examine Thanksgiving. A time to be grateful for the blessings of the past year and to enjoy each other. NOT worry about whose home you will go to or how much you need to cook. Take those hours you would spend cooking and have some real quality time with you family. Go to a park and have a picnic or spread out a blanket on the living room floor in front of a fire. If you must have turkey, roast turkey franks. Or, get take out from a squat and gobble. Instead of pumpkin pie chuck pumpkins. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or the animal shelter. Let you inner child lose and do what you want to do. Which Thanksgiving memory do you think the kids will remember? The one where they sit at the table snarffing down the food in forty-five minutes that it took you ten hours to cook or the time mom went crazy and served turkey dogs?
Christmas? Instead of decorating the day after Thanksgiving because everyone in the neighborhood does, wait to the week before Christmas. Try celebrating the way another country does. At the very least have the kids research how other children celebrate. Put a cap on spending. It isn’t about thirty minutes of ripping and tearing, at least it isn’t for me. It’s about being together and having fun. Here’s a good one. For you folks in the colder climes. Have a down-under or Hawaiian Christmas. Turn the thermostat up high as it will go. Relax, it’s only for a few hours. Everyone wears shorts and Hawaiian shirts. Turn a fan on for a cool breeze. Instead of eggnog it’s Mai Tais. Or eggnog with little umbrellas.
What I’m saying is keep the holiday stress free for YOU.