Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Conquering Christmas

So, like most bloggers I read several blogs myself. One of the blogs I follow put me in a odd mood this week. Said blog posted a piece called "Clipboard Christmas". The subject of the post was how to organize oneself for Christmas, and the blogger made hand drawn charts that she then clipped onto clipboards with headings like "crafts", "gifts", "cooking", and "decorating". You get the idea.
I can't quite put my finger on why this bothered me, but it did.

I've been pondering how I want to frame Christmas for Ceci, and what types of traditions we should have as a family.
For instance, do we want to make a ritual out of making Christmas cookies, or guzzling eggnog and passing out drunk under the tree? Do we want to encourage hand made gifts over store bought? Should we blast Bing Crosby records and buy a giant inflatable snowman for the yard? I guess what I'm getting at here is that I've been thinking so much about trying to create a perfect Christmas for my family that I've managed to suck the joy out of it.
I don't want to point the finger at the aforementioned blogger and say that that type of anal-retentive Christmas planning makes the holidays stressful, because for her that may work well to organize her thoughts and tasks. As for me, I think I need to let the holidays unfold organically with no more obsessing over how it should go. If we feel like making gingerbread then we will. If we decide to dress up instead and re-enact Star Wars, then so be it.
After all, Christmas is simply about enjoying family right? (or about baby Jesus if that's your thing).


  1. I agree completely. Don't obsess, don't try to make this picture perfect decorated house, the perfect gifts, food, etc. Just enjoy your family and do what feels right, when it feels right!

  2. Timothy has a great robe that makes him look quite Yoda-like. Let me know if you'd like it as a hand-me-down for your re-enactments! ;)

    And thank you for this post! I've been beating myself up for not doing all the baking that I feel I *should* be doing with Timothy, and for only having one section of the house decorated (that's quite enough with a curious toddler, no?), among other things. This post got me thinking that we should just go with the flow and do what we can when we can. :)


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