Does anybody else find that Christmas traditions have become unattainable?
Christmas today, is very different to Christmas when I was younger. I am not sure whether that is because I am an adult and see through different eyes, or whether its actually because things have gotten a little out of hand.
The expectations on parents seems unprecedently high. When I was a child, for Christmas eve, we had new pyjamas and a DVD. We usually had a couple of Christmas sweeties and maybe a hot chocolate. Today, its personalised wooden boxes with names engraved, filled with reindeer food, fairy dust and goodness knows what else.
Elf on the shelf has reared its creepy head, people moving a toy elf around the house each night and thinking up new ways they can make a mess (which then you have to clean up) like I don’t have enough housework to contend with.
Its Just not me.
I feel like social media has played a huge part in this explosion of new Christmas pressure. Everyone sharing how big their tree is. Even sharing how many gifts are adorned underneath it. How much trouble the “Elf” has caused, and how “perfect” their Christmas is.
I am a strong believer in that Christmas is about who is around the tree and not what is under. I’ve carried my childhood traditions forward and the children will have new pyjamas for Christmas Eve and a DVD to watch. Ill let them have some Christmas sweets and a drink of hot chocolate. I won’t however, be sharing pictures of the presents under the tree, or joining in with the Elf.
Christmas means more to me than bragging, or showing off, or pretending its something it isn’t. Maybe if everyone stopped competing then everyone would feel less pressure and enjoy the season more.
This year I’ll be giving people a Nudge to start the New Year with being thankful for what they do have instead of what they don’t.
Wishing you all a Merry (and definitely no pressure) Christmas