It is already December 1st and my yearly bah humbugness has returned. I just don't like the Christmas season. I don't like the running around, the gift buying, feeling over extended, etc. I do like being with family, snow, and the quietness of the winter season. Every year, though, these positive aspects get lost in all the brouhaha that is Christmas. I try to simplify the season, but have family members that like to go all out, no matter how hard I try to reign them in. I also have a romantic for a husband who is very intent on creating the perfect memories for our children. He was very fortunate to have a wonderful childhood, and, of course, wants our children to have that. Hard to argue with that. I do too, but, honestly, I don't remember very many of my Christmases. Mine mostly entailed traveling West into huge snowstorms, hoping a semi wouldn't knock you off the road in the blinding storms. I have LOTS of memories of that. What really came through in my memories of Christmas was that you spent it with family, not what was under the tree.
I would love to hear what stands out in your mind about Christmas.