Don't get me wrong. I love church, family, quality time with loved ones, and Hallmark cards. But, I don't like Christmas, and I haven't for years.
I am celebrating my 33rd Christmas this year. And, I enjoyed many of them. I remember not being fond of Christmas for the first time at the early age of 8. Christmas worried me that year, because my dad had lost his job, my mom was pregnant with my brother, and we were losing our rental home. My mom cried A LOT, and I have no idea if it was from the worry or the hormones. But one thing stuck in my head, Christmas is more hype and hooplah then reality.
As I grew older, and morphed into a bitter teenager and university student, I told myself that we were fighting the corporate take over of a religious holiday by not gift-giving. My mom would regularly tell me that I was becoming bitter. I responded by throwing myself into community service and giving to kids who didn't have anything.
Christmas now is a burden. I am single, and my "kid" (baby brother) is now 24. We traveled last year at Christmas after a very long and hard year. It was amazing. This year, we decided to travel at Thanksgiving and to stay home for Christmas. And, I am again seeing why the holiday is so hard.
Christmas is for children. And, in recent years, it is for couples. Is it possible that there is a new market here for singles?
Either way, I am going to try not to be such a scrooge about the holidays. So Merry Stinkin' Christmas everyone!