Several years ago I read a book by John Grisham entitled Skipping Christmas. This is the basis of the movie “Christmas with the Cranks.” The idea is that this couple decides to skip the hassle of Christmas for the year, which means no Christmas cards, no tree, no giving to holiday functions. Nothing. The people of their town put a lot of pressure on them, and it has a hilarious plot twist.
I have known people to actually do this: to skip Christmas, and go on a cruise instead. They are thinking of doing it again this year since they enjoyed it so much last year. I have to admit that as much as I love Christmas the idea has vast appeal. After all, while Christmas shopping can be fun it is taxing, too. There can be a lot of pressure to find the “right” gift not to mention fighting the crowds. There’s also decorating, and attending Christmas parties. While this is supposed to be a fun, festive time of year it often can be exhausting. I know part of me is very relieved when January rolls around.
Just like in the book, people like to put you under a guilt trip whenever you do something unconventional. I get enough guilt thrown my way when we don’t visit with each family for Christmas every year, I cannot imagine telling both sides we wouldn’t be coming to see them! Christmas is supposed to be family time, and so people expect you to go out of your way to see them. It goes without saying that this holiday has become over-commercialized, thus the appeal of skipping it! Maybe one year I’ll try it just to see how it feels! If I can gather the courage, that is!