Where is our Christmas Spirit?

I don't know why, but we're feeling quite disinterested in this year's festivities...

We are really struggling to motivate ourselves to look for gifts & write the mountain of cards that we send every year & if it wasn't for the kids - we probably wouldn't celebrate at all! It's not a case of "Bah Humbug", it's more to do with being opposed to the commercialism that takes over this time of year. We have talked for years about the paper & packaging that is just a complete waste of resources & looking at alternatives to Christmas cards, so now as I blog - Sime is writing cards for the final time, complete with messages for folks to send us their email addresses, so next year we can send our own e-card instead...

We have never spent lots on gifts & in fact, we usually buy from charity shops for the kids. We also do a "Secret Santa" with our friends & the rule is that it should either be home-made or second-hand & cost no more than £5. We always buy a real Christmas Tree just before the Solstice, but again it seems so wasteful - ok it ends up as fire wood for the following winter, but it just doesn't feel right... We'll probably have a look at some potted trees, which are being sold at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (a rediscovered Victorian garden) a big local attraction that's nearby.

Now our youngest is nearly 14, we would like to think we can ditch Christmas altogether & just celebrate the Winter Solstice, enjoying some nice family time & the peacefulness of our surroundings.

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Anonymous said…
I would love to stop writing cards and send e-cards instead. Unfortunately, most of the people I send cards to are older family members who don't even know what e-mail is!!
We came across this dilemma last night... So we'll just continue to send to those who don't have email, but as our daughter pointed out - the younger generation are already just sending e-cards & eventually this ritual will die out. I think that we're the only European country that does this bizarre thing every Christmas, but it is nice to hear everyone's news...