Is there anything better than Christmas? I would argue that there isn't. Before December, I had decided that we were not going to get a Christmas tree (gasp!). I was being frugal and practical (ie. why are they so expensive?! and, our apartment is too small) and we were going to save money and space by decorating with garland, poinsettias, mistletoe, candles, etc. to make up for it. Well folks, I can tell you one thing I learned about myself this season. . .all that stuff ain't enough for this girl to feel the Christmas spirit!
I woke up one morning before Joseph, drove my cute butt over to Target, and as you can see, hauled home a 7ft tree which he found waiting for him to assemble at 8:30am. Also, I might add, buying an artificial tree was a low point in my life I care not to discuss, but I tell myself it's better for the environment and that I am such a good wife for not making my husband go through the hassle of all things real trees, to make me feel better about this decision. As for me and my household, we will decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, so that leaves us with a lot of time to enjoy the best time of the year aka December.
On a more personal note, while there are so many messages being marketed in front of our faces during this time of year - buy this, do that, be minimal, splurge a little, I am still trying to figure out where we stand in the midst of it all. I love the gift guides and sales I am bombarded with every day, but I feel so much pressure to buy all the things. My hope is to not be swayed into the marketing tactics of buy, buy, buy, but I also enjoy how special it is to give gifts this time of year to people. While I want so badly to stick to our boring budget every month, I also realize next year we need to put a lot more aside (lol - oops). Part of me wants to ask only for gifts I need, the other part tells me I can buy those things any other month.
Anyways, that's the wrestle I'm feeling deep down this time of year. Is Christmas a time for extravagance or simplicity? The act of the Son of God being born on earth and the gifts the wise men brought him seem pretty extravagant, but then again, he was born to a poor, girl in a stable. So maybe, some how, it can be both? That would be nice, because it is in my DNA to celebrate extravagantly (my husband will tell you. . .) and truth be told, thats how I believe people should be celebrated. But what do you think?