I'm not doing Christmas this year.
No Christmas cards, no presents, probably no tree. Nothing.
I'd like to say it's because I'm being a good non-consumer, but it's really because I simply cannot afford it this year. Christmas usually costs me around $1000. I don't have $1000 to spare, hence no Christmas.
I'd like to say that having no money has woken me up to the true spirit of Christmas, but the truth is, not participating in the cards/presents orgy kind of means that actually, I'm just kind of ignoring the holiday season. Le sigh. Does that mean I have to consume in order to appreciate the holidays? That's a pretty freaking awful thought.
But what is a non-consumptive Christmas for a secular person? I guess one could say it's about friends and family, but I think every day of your life is about your friends and family.
It could be about Christmas music. I do love listening to carols.
Or about strolling the neighborhood looking at Christmas displays. Although given that the displays are an example of someone else's consumerism, I'm not sure it's fair to call them non-consumptive.
It could be about Christmas cookies ... except that eating cookies is literal consumption.
I guess the truth is, I'm not really SURE what Christmas is about without the consumption. But this month, I hope to find out.
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