I love the Christmas season and all of the hoopla that goes with it. It makes me feel like a kid, which is really strange. We had very small Christmas celebrations when I was young, but we always had time to get together with our extended families. My parents didn't have the money for anything elaborate. I remember one year getting some beautiful blue pajamas and a knee sock filled with fruit. My father always felt that fruit made Christmas.
I can easily celebrate from the first of December until the first of January with no guilt at all. I recall a friend from work who used to take all of her gifts home and open them on Christmas Day. She was not married and had only her mother. Maybe she didn't get many gifts. She had a lot of friends, but I suspect she didn't have much at home under the tree.
I always open my gifts when I get them. There were clubs and other groups with a gift exchange. The last work day before Christmas saw more gifts. I love to buy gifts, wrap or bag gifts, give away gifts, and receive gifts. All of that just seems to be part of it.
Then there are the Christmas cards. Normally I like to address mine over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and mail them the first of December. That way they stand as early greetings to friends and family. This year two out-of-town trips and foot surgery delayed my addressing of cards, but they went out -- though much later than usual. I can hardly wait for the mail each day to see the cards coming to us. That was born and bred into me. My mother loved cards of all kinds and so does my sister. It's OK with me if my cards come in a day or two late. That just makes the season last longer.
I know someone is going to write that gifts do not represent the true meaning of Christmas. I understand that and do participate in the spiritual and benevolent part of the season. It's just that I like the commercial side too. I no longer work, so there are now fewer gifts to buy and receive. However, I still enjoy giving and receiving each and every one.
I can't believe it's over!