Previously on Arduous Blog, I worried that without the gift buying and the card writing, etc, etc, I would be unable to get into the holiday spirit. That the season (courtesy of axial tilt) would somehow simply pass me by. That without consumerism, the holidays are meaningless for a secular person.
I am happy to concede that I was wrong. I have enjoyed spending time with friends and family, going to holiday parties, listening to Christmas music, and looking at lighting displays.
And in some ways I've enjoyed all these things even more because I haven't had to deal with the stresses of gift buying and card writing.
I wouldn't want to do this every year. I do love buying gifts for my friends and family. Finding the perfect present.
But it's a relief to know that one can still enjoy the winter season even without all the stuff.
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