I stopped putting up a tree when the kids moved out.
When they were little, even though I enjoyed having a decorated house for the Holidays, I dreaded taking out that box of ornaments and tangled lights. And then there was the wreath on the front door that would stay up until February.
One year, one of my neighbours came over and told me that it was bad luck to leave it up that long.
I never put it up again after that.
Once we got started, I enjoyed decorating the house. The kids would get all excited and eager to help.
Now that they all live in their own places, they still love putting up a tree and decorating their respective homes. But like I said before, I don’t have the energy for that anymore.
I don’t get excited because all of that decorating takes a ton of time. And then when the time comes to take it all down…
When the kids were little, they would ask “Mom, what do you want for Christmas?” And my answer would always be the same, “Peace and quiet”.
I know. I sound a lot like the Grinch.
The person who bottles peace and quiet for a family with children at Christmas will be extremely wealthy.
They used to wake up at 5 am to open their gifts, until one year, I decided to let them open their gifts at midnight. They would play with their stuff until they were exhausted, then they’d go to bed.
No fuss. No crying.
And they would ALWAYS sleep in on Christmas morning, after hitting the hay in the wee hours.
I’m a damn genius.
But now, there’s no tree. No decorations. There’s still lots of food and drinks. But the excitement that comes with having young children at Christmas is gone.
And I’m good with that.
The “peace and quiet” that I used to ask for is all mine on Christmas morning, and for the entire day. And strangely enough, my grown children now understand exactly what that request was about :)
We usually do brunch or dinner together on Christmas Day, and exchange gifts. But other than the gifts, Christmas feels kinda like just another day.
Is it weird that I like it like that?
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