Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’


© 2013 Eliza Murdock


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year
to all the straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, asexual, questioning,
brown, Asian, black, white, multi-ethnic,
middle-aged, teenaged, old, young,
religious, atheist, agnostic,
people out there!
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la, la la la, la la la

Except the assholes.


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“What do you want for Christmas this year, honey?” my mother asks me in her sweet ‘I have no clue what you like or what to get you’ way.

“I don’t need anything, mom.  Really,” is my reply.  Not because it takes too long to explain to her what I enjoy, or because I’m trying to force her to prove she knows something about her daughter (It’s not like she hasn’t know me for 35 years or anything.)

It’s because… I don’t need anything.  Really.

I’m already busy trying to clear clutter *out* of my life.  I don’t *NEED* anything.

But Christmas isn’t about what you need!

It’s also not about pointless, mindless commercialism and shopping and spending money.

Christmas rolls around and I’ll be sitting with my family by the tree watching my nephew rip into his presents with child-like glee, and I’ll have a glass of wine or maybe a hot toddy, and we’ll be snacking on stuff that my mom and sister and I have made – and probably snacking on stuff my other sister gives us because she gives us food every year.

And I’ll be happy and warm and with people I love.

I don’t NEED anything for Christmas that I don’t already get.

As for what I’m giving, it’ll be all hand-made this year.  Because I’m broke, and because they don’t *need* anything either, and mostly because they love the stuff I make and I love giving them stuff I’ve made.

This time of year makes me especially glad I don’t have TV, so I’m not bombarded with a thousand businesses all telling me why I haven’t bought enough.  I don’t need to buy anything.

Okay, except for the community giving tree.  I’m buying a local 14 yr old boy stuff.  But I’ll probably pop in a few hand-made items, too.

I think it’s important these days to teach our children not just the importance of being grateful for what they have and what they receive, but also teaching them they don’t have to go into debt in a frenzy of socially-encouraged shopping for items we don’t need and half the time don’t even use.  Or like.  Singing fish!?

How about we give a few small gifts that really matter, and be content with that?

I seem to recall the spirit of the holiday being peace on earth, good will toward men.  Hope, Joy, Love.  You can’t buy these at the store or wrap them in a box.  But you can certainly give them as gifts to one and all.

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