Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Ignoring That Christmas Feeling

I used to be such a Christmas person. Up until about a week and a half ago, I still thought I was a Christmas person. But I’m just not feeling it this year. I have done no decorating, shopping, or planning for the holiday. The best I’ve done is purchasing Pentatonix Christmas album and updating my Christmas playlist.

In previous winters, I’m playing my playlist nonstop. This year, I’d rather listen to almost anything else. Eh, whatever.

In light of not feeling Christmas, I’m trying to figure out gifts I can get for people that won’t reflect how little disposable income the husband and I have. When you add up the cost of our bills and the cost of our income, then factor in how much we need to save each month, we are screwed. We’re trying to find a balance, but we aren’t there yet.

But here is a gift idea for the ladies in my life: potpourri mesh drawer thingees. I don’t know how to explain it if you’ve never seen one. But it’s basically a mesh bag filled with lovely scented potpourri. It goes into a drawer with your clothes in it and makes your clothing smell lovely. I could buy the materials to make it pretty cheaply at any crafts or hobby store and then make it myself.

Nothing says I’m not really feeling Christmas like a home-made gift. No wait, it actually says, “I care a whole lot and took the time to make you this with my own bare hands. I love ya, I do!”

Maybe it says neither, but at least it’s something pretty much every woman I know would appreciate. But what about the men? I can’t think of any mass produced gift that would apply for all the men in my life. Maybe coffee mugs? I’ll paint them myself, as if I were in 6th grade. Ugh, I wish I could just skip the whole holiday this year.

I wonder how folks would react if I told them not to bother with gifts, let’s just meet up for good food and then call it a 2012. What about New Year’s Eve, you say? Well forget about it because I’ll be bringing in the new year at work. In a set of unfortunate circumstances that led to me getting the holiday off and then that being undone, I will be at work. So really, I’d like to just fast forward to next year.

Next year I have things I’m actually looking forward to. There is my first year anniversary, there are a couple of planned trips that will be a lot of fun if I can find a way to pay for them. And also, there will be the end of our lease so we can get the hell out of Hyde Park. Yes, 2013 will be good times.

6 responses

  1. silverneurotic

    Yeah, I’m not feeling the holiday much either. S.D. and I did most of the Christmas shopping today and it was SO depressing trying to fit everything into a budget. As it is, all my siblings are getting checks. So much easier.

    December 15, 2012 at 23:10

    • Apparently, I wasn’t feeling a lot of things because this is my first day back blogging since I wrote that post. I hope your Christmas went well. I’m still catching up on blogs, so if you wrote a blog post about it, I’ll find out soon enough!

      December 29, 2012 at 16:17

  2. serenityluv1

    Same here. I just moved into a new home and I’m just not ready to spend money on the holiday. Its normally my most favorite time of the year…but now I don’t feel it at all.

    December 16, 2012 at 14:48

    • I hope your Christmas feeling, or lack thereof, improved.

      December 29, 2012 at 16:18

  3. I used to be a Christmas person, but I can’t tell you when was the last time I actually celebrated. I don’t do the tree/decorating/gift wrapping/caroling thing anymore. I get irritated when people tell me I should because I’m like, I live alone! Who’s gonna see it besides that damned cat?? God, even writing that makes me feel *forever alone.*

    December 19, 2012 at 18:37

    • The holiday party the husband and I were going to through fell through, so I kind of felt the same way. When he asked why I hadn’t decorated, I was like, really, for whom?

      December 29, 2012 at 16:19