Narrator: He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!
With all the sales, and commercials, and shiny new things in every aisle, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s easy to get sucked in and buy, buy, buy! FOMO is real, and applied in full force around the holidays. Black Friday and Boxing Day sales are no longer one-day events, but month long. As the credit cards get jacked and we end up with more shit we don’t need, it’s so easy to forget what the holidays should be about. Jesus. Just kidding!
I was recently asked what my favorite holiday tradition is, and what I like most about the holidays. I wouldn’t say I have a tradition necessarily. I mean sure I watch some of the same movies most years, but there’s nothing that must be done every year the same. What I like most about the holidays is the comfy, coziness of it. It’s a season of kindness, love, and togetherness. The days are short and dark, cities become little glittery jewels, and time is spent in layers of sweaters and blankets – preferably next to a roaring fire. I love the gatherings of friends enjoying quality time together over a bottle of bubbly and bongs. I love the smell of baking, trees, and holiday candles. Drinking mint hot chocolate and eating big turkey dinner! It’s hard to describe my favorite part of the holidays; I guess it’s just the feeling. The same person who asked me what I like about the holidays, later mentioned that to him every day is Thanksgiving. He’s thankful all the time. I think that’s a great way to live. And for me, every day is Christmas – holla Cindy Lou Who!
Christmas is the time of year
For being with the one’s we love
Sharing so much joy and cheer
What a wonderful feelin
Watching the one’s we love
Having so much fun
Spirit of Christmas | Ray Charles
My childhood was pretty fucked. We were broke, religious, and emotion or some version of love was only conveyed in gifts and things. A total ass backwards situation. You were either deemed worthy of a gift (love) or not. And it was all calculated and budgeted – very cold hearted. Nothing sincere or authentic, and on the other side, it was all gimie gimie gimie, want want want. One year, an aunt and cousin were out shopping for more holiday décor, because their 8 trees and years of collections weren’t enough, and it was so competitive between the two of them that the driver parked so that the passenger couldn’t get out of the car, giving the driver the advantage to whatever was in the next store first. No joke. This happened. And this is the most wonderful time of the year?
I used to have a lot of holiday décor and would add more each year. I had so much stuff I didn’t even have room for it. And it was taking up huge storage space. So I got rid of most of it. Sold some, donated some. Kept the pieces that I love. And yes, while I still see things in stores that are beautiful, I don’t need them. Especially buying like a Tasmanian devil just because a store is having a sale. How does that enhance my life?
The things you own end up owning you. – Tyler Durden | Fight Club
The last few years I’ve kept decorating pretty simple. One year I put out the snow globe I got from a trip to Rockefeller, a string of lights on one of our trees, and had some kids come over to make a gingerbread house with us. That was it, and it was a great holiday season. Sometimes less is more, and it puts a spotlight on the few really awesome items you choose to show.
I’ve also used more nature in my décor, year-round and at the holidays. I made a wreath from fallen twigs and branches in the neighbourhood. We’ve got real trees that look dope during Winter like a dark green Norfolk Island Pine, and Strawberry Arbutus with its white bell flowers (still waiting for the red berries to kick in). I would like to grow a holly tree. These are trees that I will enjoy year-round, but they look festive in the winter, which instantly adds holiday vibes and I don’t have to do anything. Plus there’s no additional cost!
This year, I put my most cherished ornaments in a big bowl with a candle. I’ve also hung a few fun, large ones from the ceiling on tiny hooks. I did purchase one item this season and I’m so excited about it! It’s a tiny string of lights from Michaels. It’s so small and lightweight you can’t even see it on the tree during the day, and at night the little lights shine bright. It’s battery operated and on a timer so I don’t even have to think about it, never mind search for the plug in the dark. Super happy with this purchase.
However you decide to decorate, or not, this holiday season, just know you can do whatever you want. Keep it simple with a branch in a cute vase. Add some tinsel to plants you already have. Recycle some jewellery into ornaments. Or deck the halls and jazz the place up with lights, a giant snow globe, and the fat man’s reindeer! But please remember Christmas isn’t about the decorations, but the time spent with people you love. Don’t worry about the stuff that doesn’t matter, or get caught up in the holiday hype. Be kind to yourself and to others this holiday season, and every day that follows. Love the ones you’re with motherfuckers.