The first Christmas was very simple. In fact, it wasn't Christmas at all, just an ordinary day with an extraordinary event - the birth of Jesus.
Are we robbing ourselves of time? Skipping what's important and focusing on the material? Are we just doing what we feel obligated to do because of the expectations of our friends, family, society? Our homes and our families have to look perfect at Christmas, or so we're made to think.
Like everything we do here at Eco-Babyz, we are going against the grain. Again. We are so incredibly blessed to have so much more than we could possibly need. We have a healthy family, food, and jobs. There are many who don't. Actually, we're probably in the 10% of the world population that have clean drinking water and money in the bank. The last thing I want to do is go and spend that hard-earned money on more stuff when so many people go to sleep on an empty stomach, day after day. We simply do not want to be part of the spending frenzy of the holidays.
There are no presents in our home. There is no tree, even though we contemplated getting a real one (we love the smell and our toddler loves lights). No excessive holiday dinners hosted by us, sorry friends. No 'to do' lists. No 'must go' events to attend. We are spending the weekend living in the moment, thankful for the couple of days my husband has off work, enjoying being together today, because we aren't even guaranteed our next breath. Right now is all we have.
There is no 'perfect' Christmas scene in our home. I do not have it all together. It's not as clean as I would like it to be. I'm a little overwhelmed by my toddler's unpredictable behavior as a result adjusting to life with a baby brother. I'm not making any gourmet meals. When the babies are a bit older I would love to start our own traditions, serving those in need at Christmas time.
So do I look down on people who celebrate whichever holiday? No, not at all. You do whatever you think is right. Be honest with yourself.
A fellow blogger at Life As Mom also put this all into words very well, worth a read.