I’ve always loved Christmas. I’ve been the one in my family who tends to host, I tend to do the cooking, I do my trimming up in plenty of time and make sure it all looks and smells right. I put tons of thought into what I buy for my loved ones at Christmas (not to mention a few £££!).
On Christmas Day, we all watch each other open every single present – taking turns to do so – and really make sure we get every second’s worth of Christmassy joy from it. Even my cat gets presents and opens them herself (mostly).
Every family has their traditions and ways of doing things that becomes ‘the right way’ for them and I love hearing about what is Christmas for everybody else too.
It really surprised me some years ago when I was first getting to know Thom to hear him say ‘I will get myself that for Christmas’, because the idea of getting myself something had never occurred to me. I asked him to explain and he did – he said that rather than ask family or friends for something expensive he wanted, and risk raising the present-buying stakes to a dangerous level, he simply bought it for himself.
At first I thought it was hilarious, and then I considered it further. Once or twice he’d asked me to ‘put towards’ something he wanted because it was too expensive for one person to buy it outright and I’d said no. I like to give a present just from me, I like to wrap it and hand it over. I don’t want to put £50 towards a roof rack. There’s no romance in that (and I mean romance in its truest sense, not pink hearts and roses).
I’m now thinking that maybe his way is a good way. Why shouldn’t he have something he really wants or needs for Christmas? Why shouldn’t he buy it himself? Doesn’t it take the pressure off his loved ones not to be asked for very expensive items they can’t afford?
What do you think? is ‘Happy Christmas to me’ okay, or would you feel odd about it?
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