We keep it simple with a simple, fake tree and decoration we use year after year after year.
We do not invest in Christmas presents or food, not in visitors or visit anyone. Those two days, December 25 and December 26 are our only two days a year we have a holiday and enjoy our freedom! (December 24 is not a celebration day in the Netherlands).
We always keep pajamas day on these days, sleep longer and watch old films we have on video or DVD.
The days we sent Christmascards are over.
We consider it a waste of money, paper, and ink and it does not bring you closer to anyone.
Most of the family members I had died or we have no contact with.
The phrase I hate most is "Because it is Christmas you have to forget and forgive."
Each year it is Christmas and I do not see the need to forget how people harmed me on purpose and my children. How they abused us in every way.
I think Christmas should be for Christians only.
If you are a Christian you go to church and sit close to the other Christians and hug and love each other, enjoy each other's company and celebrate without presents! You have room in your heart and life for your fellow people no matter what they believe. You invite strangers, elderly people, share your food, table, a house with others and be a Samaritan by heart!
I can not do that.
I am a broken and lost soul and people irritate me. Those I met through my life never turned out to be real Christians but hateful, greedy, abusers who only show up two times a year in the church (Eastern and Christmas) and pretend they believe.
I do not like hypocrisy and religion is full of it.
Do I hate Christmas?
No, I don't. These are out two free holidays. Days no one can force me to do what I do not like. We made our own habits and my children are fine with it.
I do not need a church visit at midnight to know what Christmas is about and I do not like to stand in the cold.
A christmas market is not Dutch neither is glühwein etcetera.
Dutch people are boring people if it comes to celebrating. They try to adopt habits, customs from other countries to be accepted, to be part of the cattle. The cattle that starts the New Year with even higher debts as before this celebration, an immense increase of weight and a bad feeling given by those you intended to surprise with an expensive gift. A hated gift you took a loan for and that will be sold as soon as the holidays are over.
I do not feel pity for you if you feel stress.
If you spent more as you can afford. If the idea of baking cookies with your children already stresses you out. You do this to yourself. What children remember is positive vibes, true attention and a bought cookie works too.
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