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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 15: I Don’t Do Christmas…

on November 9, 2014

So today the challenge was to write about something a tad controversial. Well I think yesterday’s post may have caused a little bit of a stir in certain circles, and there are quite a few topics I know I go against the grain with. Most of my family and friends already know but one thing about me is I don’t do Christmas!

My partner and I decided a good few years ago (six? seven? I’ve lost count) that we would no longer be taking part in Christmas, well at least not as most people ‘do’ Christmas. Why? Well firstly because we aren’t Christians, we are Pagans, so for us it makes much more sense to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter which falls on either the 21st or the 22nd December. Some pagans do choose to celebrate both but we decided that wasn’t for us.

Christmas has become a really stressful time. Buying presents for everyone, remembering to write every person you know a card. Stressing out over dinner arrangements. Christmas songs rammed down your ears for weeks on end. Overly sentimental sick inducing adverts and films. We both agreed we weren’t fans of Christmas!

So what don’t we do and what do we do?

We don’t buy Christmas cards. It helps the environment by not wasting paper and no stress or worry about forgetting someone! We encourage others not to give us any either, saving them time and money.

On Christmas Day, we treat it like an extra relaxed weekend day. We will have a normal dinner (anything but a roast haha) and do normal household things, although we might have something to drink and we always watch Doctor Who! We love going out for a walk too, as the world seems to have stopped after weeks of mayhem.

We buy presents but only for each other, and our immediate family. We only buy gifts that are either handmade, from charities or from independent stores, taking away from the commercialism of Christmas. We encourage people not to buy us presents. Some people still do, if so we open them on the Winter Solstice. We encourage charity donations instead, rather than wasting time on spending money on us. We are always grateful for any gifts we do receive though!

We have a vegan roast dinner on Winter Solstice, mainly because it’s yummy and an excuse to eat far too much!

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