How are you all doing? The last days before Christmas are here, it’s gone so incredibly quickly, I literally cannot keep up. This Christmas season has been very rushed, that’s nothing new, it’s rushed every year, but somehow this year it bothered me more. I don’t know why I noticed it so much this year, more than any other, that Christmas has kinda gotten outta hand. I don’t want to bring down any Christmas spirit with this post, but it’s been on my mind for quite a while, and I really wanted to share it.
I heard the sentence: “I am so stressed, it’s not even funny” for sure every day from different people, and I certainly said it too. And yeah, it’s true, when Christmas comes around you suddenly realize what presents you still have to finish, what letters you have to send… it’s sad, but for many, Christmas is more a deadline than anything else.
Why is that? Why does it have to be that way? I am by no means saying, that I am different. I feel kinda stressed too, a lot of presents are not done yet and I feel like there’s not enough time for everything I still want to do. Such as writing blogposts or taking more time out for myself.
Now, I think a lot of it comes from the idea everyone has, that we need to buy a ton of presents. Literally, finishing up presents has been the number one complain I heard about Christmas. And again, does it have to be like that?
Just to clarify, I really love the Christmas season! I think fairy lights and decoration are a beautiful thing, I love the soundtrack, I love the baking, the singing and I love preparing presents for the ones I love… it should be a fun thing, right?
Finding something in a store you know your friend will love, making a craft for your mom you think she’d like, wrapping it up all nicely… That’s all exciting.
Yet, soo many declare it as stressful. And I personally think, that is because of the general pressure that people need to buy (if possible expensive!) gifts. It’s all about the materialism and it truly bothers me. I was really close to being totally stressed out about whether my gifts for my hostfamily would be good enough, whether they would appreciate the same things my family does… All those worries stuck in my mind, kept me running around like crazy, trying to find the right amount and the right pics for everyone, until today.
Today, at the 20th December, and that’s really late, I truly decided, that for me, giving gifts is about the thought, the effort and the love put into it. That is what I appreciate in a gift more than any price tag or size, that’s what I like, so that is what I will wrap in my presents. All I can do then, is hope for the best, and let the receiver decide, whether he or she likes it.
As long as I fulfilled my own expectations, I am fine.
That is all I wanted to say.
And now, after spilling all these thoughts, it is time for some Christmas spirit! Don’t let anything ruin your Christmas, guys, otherwise you’ll have to wait a whole year to enjoy it again!
I wish you a wonderful and very merry Christmas guys, enjoy it and I’ll talk to you in the new Year!!
I am out and about,