Occupy December: 5 Joyful Protests if Christmas is Not Your Gig

You wouldn’t knostripedcatw it by looking around anytime from mid-November through the start of the New Year, but there are some of us who don’t get all that jazzed about the holiday season. We’re the 1 percent.

Oh, I know, most folks are running around, crazy psycho-consumers on fast-forward, choosing a tree (doesn’t it seem like Christmas tree prices have risen as fast as health insurance premiums and college tuition?), chug-a-lugging eggnog, agonizing over a cashmere scarf for the mother-in-law (did we give her one last   year?), racing inexorably towards the crescendo of that one perfect, joyful day.

And some actually like it.  But not all.

Believe it or not, there are folks out there who just don’t play.  For some it’s religious, for some it’s lack of family.  Some abhor the commercialization and others can’t see spending all that $$ to stimulate the retail economy.

Whatever the reason, there are numbers of people left with noses pressed up against the glass on Christmas.  And to make matters worse, everything’s closed.  Locked up tight.  No room at the inn.  So here are some ideas to keep your family’s day merry and bright if Santa’s sleigh glided right on past your chimney …

Movies and Chinese food. Followed by another movie.  These are the mainstays of many a Jewish family on Christmas Day.  Theaters are waiting to entertain the masses after the presents have been opened, toys broken, and ribbons and bows forgotten, so just start early.

Show up for the first showing at the multiplex and hop from one flick to the next on a single admission.  Before you know it, you’re starving ( in spite of the popcorn and Raisinettes), so head to the nearest Chinese joint (they don’t observe the sanctity of the day either) and go wild.  For something different, try ordering only dishes you’ve never tried before.

Fill up your heart by volunteering to serve a meal to someone in need.  Could be at a shelter, or could be a gathering at your place for those with no place to go on the holiday.  Make it an annual tradition and you might end up changing your mind about the season.

Ski trip! Well-kept secret:  The slopes are empty on Christmas and the week before.  Apparently families stay home to open presents and then take off for ski vacations.  Crowds start to mushroom on the 26th and peak on New Year’s Day.  Truly.

Choose the 25th as your travel day.  If you’re visiting family or friends over the holidays, plan to spend THE day in the air, car or train.  Prices tend to be lower, crowds  are nonexistent, and there’s a spirit of comraderie that makes it feel like an adventure. By the time you reach your destination you’ll realize you never had that empty, lonely sensation at all.

Invite yourselves to join the celebration with friends who do it up big. Joy is infectious, and there’s nothing better than spending a holiday not your own with folks who really love it.  No pressure – just bask in the glow.

What NOT to do? Don’t even think about taking the family to Disneyland.  We did it once, thinking ‘who goes to Disneyland on Christmas?’  Answer: more people than any other day of the year.  They typically end up closing the gates for several hours mid-day when the park reaches capacity.  Lesson learned.

So whatever your tradition, toss the guilt, have some fun, and make it a great holiday for you and yours.

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Listen up

7 Summer Health Myths

Ice on a burn? Are dark sunglasses better? Do you have the 4-1-1?

Watch This!

They watch you drink it in gulps every day. But when they try coffee for themselves for the first time, they clearly don't get it. Their reactions will crack you up!

What You Said

  • losing money: Hey! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha...
  • Maryjo: I read a lot of interesting posts here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a...
  • lol rp codes free: As a jungle he is one of my favorite pick due to his bandage toss ability where you close the...
  • tapzilla.com: 19で卒業して元AKBだってことをひた隠しに隠して劇団で1か ら修行とかしとけば少しは何とかなったかもな。 秋元が手掛けてる中で1番売れてない博多はなんでテコ入れされな いんだよアホw...
  • www.opusfx.coom:     ∧     ヽニニソ  |     だがここでもう一つ飛躍する為にジャカルタはどうだ? CD50万ぐらい売ってるし横アリとかやったんだろ? 中日新聞を毎日読んで、名鉄で出勤しないとダメだから
  • opusfx.com: AKBはどうでもいいが、まさか乃木坂までイジラレるとは思わな かった 「本家AKBに在籍してる」ってことだけが心の拠り所だからな 努力が足んないのにそこで満足していることに関係者は強く不満に 思っているからこその
  • http://casinopanatet.webnode.com: Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I have...
  • Lisa Nelson: I have seen this image of the heart made on hands on several websites. Do you know own the copyright to...
  • http://tapzilla.com: スタッフのみなさんも おはようございますって挨拶してくれて。。。 玲奈もドラフトの時に誰か泣かしてたから、ああ見えて攻撃的なん だよね 主要株主  トランスコスモス(株)(東証一部:9715)
  • House Water filtration system: My brother suggested I would possibly like this blog. He used to be totally right....

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.