My philosophy on Christmas and gift-giving is one that fits the true meaning of the holiday. If you're sick of consumerism, it might be the one for you!

My Philosophy on Christmas & Gift-Giving

My philosophy on Christmas and gift-giving is one that fits the true meaning of the holiday. If you're sick of consumerism, it might be the one for you!Christmas is near, and although I’ve shared my thoughts on the holiday and gift-giving on other sites, I haven’t really shared them here.

I wouldn’t consider myself a grinch, but I don’t enjoy Christmas for what it’s become. People are obsessed with buying the best presents and tend to forget why they’re giving them in the first place.

It’s sad that consumerism has taken most of the meaning away from holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was over it the second I heard a radio advertisement refer to it as a “Thanksavings sale.” Please.

As a result, I’ve found myself pushing back against this idea that the holidays need to revolve around shopping and spending and possibly going into debt.

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Christmas Recap

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I did, despite my allergies randomly bothering me since Saturday. It was nice to spend time with family and see my parents again. I figured I would go a little off topic today and just do a recap of my weekend and Christmas activities. Please feel free to share yours in the comments!

The Weekend

My parents had slept over our apartment Sunday and Monday night, and it was nice to spend time with them before all the festivities. As soon as I got out of work Saturday, R and I went to meet them at my grandma’s house. Unlike us, they made really good time, leaving at 1:30am and arriving around 3:30pm, plus they stopped for breakfast and twice for gas.

My mom had to do some last minute shopping Sunday morning, and then her, my dad and my grandma joined us for dinner. I made baked ziti as my mom requested it, mostly to see how my sauce has progressed (it got a passing mark!). Afterward, R and I did some shopping. The stores were horrendous, and the bad part was we were mostly shopping for groceries.

Monday was a day for relaxing. My mom made her chocolate pudding pie, my dad made fudge, and I made cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. My family is big on dessert, can’t you tell? I actually had made chocolate chip cookies Friday night, but everyone loved them so much that I had to make more. They are extremely simple, and I’ll probably be posting the recipe soon. I found it via an app on my phone while I was browsing for recipes one day. It’s part of my plan to bake/cook more and discover new things to make.

At night, we watched NCIS together since we had missed the most recent episode. My parents had borrowed an air mattress from my grandma that just fit in our living room. I felt bad as our apartment is really not suited for guests, but thankfully they were comfortable aside from thinking it was somehow too warm! This makes me think we should strongly consider getting a 2-bedroom apartment when we move, even if they are a bit more expensive. Two bathrooms would be lovely, too.

Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas Eve at my aunt’s house this year, since my cousins were going to be spending Christmas with their dad. Unfortunately my stomach chose the holidays to be upset, so I didn’t really eat much, but everything looked amazing. The main dish was chicken parmesan courtesy of my grandma, along with tilapia, broccoli, shrimp and spinach.

Dessert consisted of chocolate pudding pie, cheesecake, cookies from my grandma and I, pumpkin pie, and fudge. Yum.

White Christmas
Driving home

There was a surprise waiting for us when we left, though. Snow! We got a White Christmas, which I hadn’t been expecting at all. I had checked the weather a few days prior, and the chance of precipitation was 10%. Around 9:30, we decided to head home before it got worse. Thankfully we all got home in one piece, but cars were slipping and sliding everywhere! My dad actually had to help someone who was stuck.

Christmas

I really can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already. It seems like yesterday that I was counting down the days until my parents got here, and now that they’re here, it’s going by too fast! When you really want to make time matter, it seems like it speeds up.

Our plan for a “big” sleepover worked out well. My parents got up around 8, we got up around 8:30, and surprisingly, my grandma slept until 9. She has an awful habit of waking up extremely early, being unable to fall back asleep for three hours, and then “sleeping in.” My mom and I tried to clean up as much as possible with the air mattress, blankets and laundry that was going on before she woke up.

Christmas
Mostly things for the apartment

Opening presents was fun, but I couldn’t help feeling bad that my parents and my grandma didn’t have a lot to open. My mom and grandma had apparently teamed up and each got us a handful of things for the apartment, which was really nice, but resulted in a lot of little things being opened for a while. I just feel odd when everyone is left watching you open presents because they finished opening theirs!

R went to his mom’s house to exchange presents there around 11:30, and then he came back to the apartment to drop things off and check on our cats. Everyone arrived at my grandma’s around 2, and we were talking and eating appetizers for a while. Unfortunately, my allergies were killing me again, and the only thing that happens to help me is Benadryl, which puts me to sleep. I even took half the dose I normally do, and it hit me about an hour later. I’m sad to say I slept through dinner, even though a piece of lasagna was waiting for me when I woke up.

Dessert mostly consisted of talking and stuffing our faces at the same time. R and I were the only ones there who had to work the next day, but everyone left around 8pm. I felt funny leaving my parents there, as I’m so used to going home with them. My mom is stopping by my job today to say hi to everyone though, so that should be fun.

I can’t believe stores were advertising their “after Christmas” sales yesterday; I saw that Macy’s was opening at 5am. I am not in the mood to do more shopping after all the shopping I had to do for Christmas presents! While I am sure there are deals to be had, I’m quite happy with everything we received for Christmas. I hope Santa was good to all of you as well!

What did you get for Christmas? How did you celebrate? Are you going to partake in the after Christmas shopping?