Over the Years

The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years? ~The Daily Prompt 12/19/14

When my children were younger it was important to me to make sure they had a nice Christmas. I concentrated on purchasing their gifts, on the holiday meal, and over all the little things that make Christmas special. Watching their joy at Christmas always brought out that little child in me. It was glorious to watch their eyes light up and to hear their laughter of joy and surprise. It was a wonderful and exciting time of the year. It was also an exhausting time of the year.

No matter how exhausting it was, there was always a sadness when the holidays were over. “This year my children are such-and-such age and they will never be this age again.” There was also the sadness of, why can’t we feel this joy all year instead of only at Christmas?

My children are grown and have children of their own. They are the ones creating the special Christmas plans for their children and feeling those feelings I felt so many years ago. And, as it should be, their focus is on their children – making their own Christmas memories.

Christmas comes now without much fanfare. I hardly notice it’s arrival. I choose not to decorate or put up a Christmas tree because it only makes my home feel empty. My gift purchases are minimal because my children and grandchildren prefer gifts of money rather than anything I could pick out for them. This is perfectly fine with me. I don’t have to stand in line at the check-out counters in stores or stand in line at the Post Office to mail them.

Instead of celebrating all the fanfare and gift purchasing of Christmas, I celebrate the real reason of Christmas: Peace. Love. Joy. Hope.

Do you think someday it might catch on?


Merry Christmas everyone! May yours be Merry and Bright. 

For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you a wonderful and happy New Year.


15 thoughts on “Over the Years

  1. I LOVE Christmas and yes, I just yelled it! 🙂 But you asked how has your feeling changed. I have been living in Brazil for over six years and Christmas just isn´t a big deal here. They don´t get into so much. They save their enthusiasm for Carnaval and soccer. Anyway, I have found my enthusiasm wane as a result. I really need to spend a Christmas in the US of A again! Nice article.

  2. It caught on with me.

    My purchases are minimal in quantity and yet the cost sure didn’t seem to go down. We are at that generation where we are the ones driving every where. Generation above us should get to sit home and welcome the masses. The generation below us should “get to” stay home and let the little ones enjoy Christmas at home. We get quite worn out by the holiday scuttle. But I don’t want to miss it.

    But the peace at home when I am reflecting on what is and why it is….that is something I don’t want to give up for anything.

  3. That is one of the things that makes holidays stressful; little children want to stay home for Christmas and their parents feel the need to go to their parents for Christmas. Even though, as a grandmother I would love to welcome the masses, my children choose to stay home for Christmas and I completely understand. The price of items have gone up so much that it makes it difficult for most people to afford the gifts they buy and of course, that always makes it stressful. Reflection is truly the best part of Christmas. The sigh of relief that is over and the gratitude of the reason it came to be. 🙂

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