Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Celebrate The Holidays Without Guilt


Oh gosh, it seems every time I'm online I see another article about the holidays: 

Why You Should Only Give 2 Presents

Minimalism: Why The 4 Present Rule is The Way To Go

But then I spot:

Why I'm Going All Out This Year

Also, 

Check Out All The Elf On The Shelf Ideas 

OR

Why You Shouldn't Do Elf On The Shelf

Let's also throw in:

Why Santa Is Not Someone Your Kids Should Believe In 

and then I also see:

10 Ways To Show How Santa Is Coping With The Pandemic 


It's enough to make my head spin. 

I've said it before: don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty on how you want to celebrate.

We do far more than 4 gifts and don't feel bad. My kids did believe in Santa and no, they did not feel betrayed when they found out the truth as articles might want you to believe. 


If you do Elf On The Shelf, amazing. We did. (And here are some EASY ideas.) But don't feel like you NEED to buy one. Your kids will be okay without an elf in their life. I was. I'm sure you were as well.




Remember that the articles you read are opinions. If a family is comfortable with 2 gifts, fabulous, but if it's not something you do, fine. Continue to wrap those presents even if you are on number 10.

So relax. December always seems to pass quickly and there's no need to spend it feeling guilty. 


Enjoy the season!

24 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I think you should celebrate the season in a way that is meaningful to your family without anyone making you feel guilty.

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  2. This is so on target. People need to celebrate the way they feel comfortable. Two presents, four presents it really is up to the person and their family to make the memories and enjoy the season.

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful though. Each family has their own way to celebrate.

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  4. I do think that the media makes people feel like they have to celebrate the holidays in a certain way. I agree that you celebrate the way that is best for you.

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  5. I love this - Christmas can be special without all the bells and whistles, it seems to have become such a holiday full of pressure and that's a shame.

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  6. I love this! Every family should celebrate the holidays the way that makes sense to them. After years of making a traditional Christmas dinner, I finally switched to making pizza on Christmas day. It made everyone happier. I hated missing the fun stuff because I was cooking.

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  7. I totally agree with you. Celebrate how you want and leave others to do the same. This year was hard enough.

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  8. I'm too much of a gift giver to stop at 4. 10 is more my cup of tea. =) I agree, celebrate however you want and don't feel guilty. Life is too short for that and Christmas is too magical for any kind of negativity.

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  9. Great advise! I grew up without an elf on the shelf and my kids are too old to start now. It is tricky to decide how many gifts to give.

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  10. I remember it broke my heart when my mom told me santa didn't exist but I didn't feel betrayed by her, that's bull**it!
    I still love Christmas and I still believe in Santa soo

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  11. This is a great post. It is so important to accept that we all celebrate in different ways..and that is okay!

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  12. Totally agree with you on this! You should always celebrate the way you want to and never listen to other people’s opinions

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  13. Totally love this post. You do you! Whatever that may be, whatever that might look like. Love where you are!

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  14. I think I'm mature enough not to feel guilty because of the way I celebrate my Christmas! Great read! :)

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  15. I love this post and I completely agree. My daughters were not mad or upset when they found out either. This is actually our first year with them not believing. We are still doing gifts as well.

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  16. It is finally Holiday season and I can't be happier. We do have our own Christmas traditions and we love them...

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  17. I think it's important to celebrate holidays and be happy. Christmas it's a beautiful family holiday and I can't wait for it!

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  19. Some people really try to make you feel guilty. Not me though; I am in full swing!

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  20. Oh my gosh YES!! All of this! I feel so torn every year, but this year especially. Like, I kinda wanna make it a fun year for my kids, ya know?! SIGH.

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  21. Thank you for this reminder! I do baked good boxes for my friends every year and someone was telling me the other day that it was too much. But for me, its perfect. Not spending a lot but not doing nothing. It's the way I want to celebrate and give!

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  22. True, every family has their own way to celebrate the holidays. We have changed things up as the years have passed. Always, creating lovely memories which is what will stay with us all.

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  23. Can’t feel guilty during the holidays! This is time for cheer family and celebration of life.

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