Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas as much as the next guy. I love the lights, I love the crisp air, I love Christmas trees, and decorations and hot cider and coquito. I LOVE CHRISTMAS. But I didn’t always. Basically, I have a newfound appreciation of Christmas because I have a 2.5-year-old son who thinks it is the coolest holiday ever in the history of holidays.
So, now I’m down for the celebration. I used to kind of hate on the holiday season though and I feel like I had a pretty valid reason that still stands up to scrutiny and that is the fact that I see people literally go into debt to show their loved ones how much they care. Now, I’m not blaming those people. I blame the Christmas Industrial Complex that basically makes everyone feel that no matter how much money they make, they have to buy all the latest Apple gadgets, video game systems, HD televisions, and new cars, or else their family won’t think they are important. It’s such B.S.
It’s gross. It’s way too capitalist. And it does nothing for anyone except for these huge corporations who (believe me) do not give a crap about the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Christmas and any holidays we celebrate should be about spending time together with family and loved ones and creating precious memories. NOT about seeing who can spend the most money.
My son gets a lot of gifts, normally two from us, plus tons of gifts from his abuelos and titis and tios. Some of our closest friends also bring him gifts because we host a Christmas Eve dinner. So yeah, he’s drowning in it. But what we do is try to spread out the gifts over the entire season from Christmas Eve through Three Kings Day so that it’s not just a crazy frenzy of ripped wrapping paper and so much stuff he doesn’t even know what to do. I also LOVE asking for experiences as presents for him instead of things. We’ve gotten swim classes, music classes, and soccer classes as gifts for him and he loves that as much as he loves having cool new toys. Next year, I’ll probably request a ticket back to the east coast as a present for him so that he can visit all his family in the wintertime.
The point is; it gets a little insane. The pressure to spend, spend, and spend and the long lines and the bum rushing of doors the day after Thanksgiving is just too much. Here in the U.S. we just have to take a step back and remember that the holiday season isn’t about how much money you spend, but how much time you spend together.