It’s less than 5 days till Christmas here in NZ and you know what? I have yet to buy a single Christmas card, put out a single Christmas decoration, wrap (or even buy) a single Christmas present for the immediate family, and I’m not all that stressed out about it.
Christmas feels different over here. It’s not about trees and lights and flash gifts. Well, perhaps it is for some people, but not most of the people that we’ve met. It’s getting together with family, relaxing, sharing a meal, perhaps going to the beach, and giving loved ones some gifts. There isn’t the same amount of hoopla as what we’re used to in the US, and I’m fine with that.
I used to love decorating our various homes when were Stateside – I had boxes full of decorations. I still have some of those decorations (the ones that have a meaning attached to them) but most have been sold or donated. Joe’s first Christmas was in the US and it was special to see him with family and others, to have him visit Santa Claus in my hometown, and to watch his eyes light up as he soaked in all of the twinkling lights and sparkly decorations.
I don’t know. Maybe part of it is being pregnant and coming off a long stretch of travel. Chris and I are going shopping for presents this weekend. We’ve already agreed not to exchange gifts with one another. This is always a jam-packed week and a half for us: our anniversary, then my birthday 5 days after that, and then Christmas 2 days after my birthday. In a way, we’ve already given one another our gifts – travels around the world, a new camera lens, a new video camera, signing up for or extending ESPN sports packages, etc., etc.
My big goal for this year is to just relax – to have an easy, tasty meal, take a trip to the beach for a few hours, and enjoy spending time with the ones I love. Christmas decorations are optional. I know that will change as Joe gets older, but for now, it’s more than enough.