The title more accurately should read “Non-Christmas“, because that is what we did this year. No tree or presents. No sending out cards.
It was FANTASTIC.
Before we left, I started to think about gifts and how much our country alone spends at this time of year, and for what? Do we truly need anything or do we do it out of obligation? Jim and I talked about it, and decided this huge trip would be present enough for us all. I was a little apprehensive about how this would be recieved by our kids, though.They each seem to be quite attached to our traditions, and what kid doesn’t like gifts? However, I was more than pleasantly surprised. We wiped the holiday slate clean, so to speak, and instead had a meal together and a conversation about what we should consciously add back next year, if anything.
Both girls said they like being with friends and family, and miss the decorations. Jim and the Bee both think special food is a priority (shocking). I would like to add a component of charity. How can we spend so much on ourselves, frivolously, when there are so many in need?
We did end up attending an incredibly fun party, this Christmas. I made a wreath to give, using materials I found on the many hikes we went on this past month, and bound them together with strips of plastics bags we had from grocery shopping. We all left the party with full hearts, and generous gifts from our hosts, which was plenty.
Christmas Eve was spent at this beach called Curio Bay. It was a 4 hour drive from where we are staying, but SO worth the trip.
One side was flat sandy beach with teal blue surf. The water was frigid as most water here in the South is. That didn’t deter our girls from jumping in and swimming in it. The Bee was further out, splashing around, and when she came up, she noticed us on the beach (along with some other folk) waving wildly at her and pointing. About an arms length away were two porpoises swimming next to her.
The beach was divided by a wall of rocks. To get to the other side, we went up a grassy hill/cliff.
Jim and I sat up there, while our adventurous children climbed like mountain goats down the boulders to get a closer look at the wild water on this side.
I think overall what I am hoping we all take away from this experience is to not blindly accept things just because we have always done them that way. It is good to shake things up every once in a while.
I hope YOUR holiday was spent exactly how you wanted to.