Christmas hasn’t really felt like Christmas for me in a while. I feel as though the older we get, the more bitter we are. Everything is a hassle. Everyone hates the packed malls. Everything is a “waste of time and money”. We’re all a bunch of Grinches and no one seems to enjoy anything about the holidays.
I used to look forward to decorating the tree with my family. Shopping for presents. Blasting Christmas music throughout the house. Having the big dinners with family and friends. It all sort of came to a stop at some point, and I’m not even sure why.
This year though, I figured it would be nice to try and turn things around a little. Without my brother and my dad around, the holidays started to feel even more depressing. And while it was a bit last minute, I’m quite happy with how the white elephant shindig turned out with my group of friends. Everyone is so busy these days with their own schedules and what not… I’m actually kind of shocked it turned out so well. From Matt letting us use his newly renovated basement, to people actually showing up on a Monday (two days before Christmas) and actually participating in the white elephant gift exchange… It was good. Next year, better. I hope. Baby steps. Merry Christmas!