I wrote a similar post back in 2011 where I shared some confessions as well as traditions, if you want to read more!
+ I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life.
I'll let that sink in for a minute.
We DID buy it this year for only $7
and I WILL be watching it this weekend!!
+ I can quote large portions of Christmas Vacation.
You can see what kind of family I was brought up in. ;)
+ I've never been to church on Christmas day.
I have been on Christmas Eve a handful of times,
but only at Scott's parents' Catholic church.
I'm not Catholic, so it hardly even counts for me!
I didn't go to church growing up, and we've always been traveling
for the holidays, so we aren't home for the services at our church.
This year I'm super excited that we're doing our annual service day
on the Sunday before Christmas. It's not our official Christmas service, but it's
a time where we go out and deliver food and gifts to those in the community who otherwise wouldn't have anything. I've never been able to participate due to travel plans, so I'm thrilled to do it this year with my husband and son by my side. :)
+ My Christmas lists look almost identical every year.
In fact, I almost get a little annoyed that people still request one from me.
With the exception of a few specific things each year, I basically just ask for gift cards, candles, makeup, and PJs. Scott wants guitar strings and PJs. Every.single.year.
+ I'm still torn on the whole topic of Santa.
Grayson is still little enough that we haven't had to make a firm decision how we will handle it.
I do know that we want to forge new traditions, probably starting next year, where we have Christmas at home, do some community service, read Luke 2, and strive to keep it fun, yet simple. I like the fun traditions of Santa, but not so much what he represents nor the idea of lying to our kids. I personally felt pretty embarrassed and deceived when I finally discovered my parents had gone to such lengths to fabricate the whole thing for so many years. I think we'll probably still do Santa, but just make it clear that he's make-believe. A tradition, something that's fun to pretend, but make it clear from the start that the Jesus part of the holiday is REAL and the Santa part is NOT. But again, we're not fully decided on this!
+ I've barely given any thought at all to Christmas gifts this year. Our entire Christmas shopping experience happened in about 1 hour and 2 stores. We are scaling WAY back and only doing one small gift for each set of parents and a couple small things for Grayson. We're done going into debt trying to buy something for everyone in our families...especially when we can never afford really nice gifts anyway. We're keeping it sentimental and keeping the importance of love and family central in our gift-giving. We opted out of buying gifts for each other this year and went on a vacation to Gatlinburg, TN instead. It's all very different for us, but I LOVE it!!
+ I'm not going to do Elf on the Shelf. Like, ever. Not because I'm morally against it. It's just the very thought of it makes me tired.
+ I don't like Love, Actually.
I watched it for the first time last year and I thought it was incredibly boring.
I sort of feel like it's one of those things that people don't really like, but they like to talk about how they like it because they think it's cool to like it. Am I wrong? Sorry if you loved the movie. I just don't see the appeal!
+ "Baby, It's Cold Outside" may not be the most fitting song for the Christmas holiday, but I actually get pretty annoyed when people call it the "date rape song." They're reading way more into it than was intended! "Hey, what's in this drink?" is not implying that he was drugging her! The girl is clearly being coy throughout the song and she's using the alcohol in the drink as an excuse for her not-so-lady-like behavior that will clearly be happening that night. I get it, she's saying "no" and the guy is being persistent and no means no and we need to stop sending the message that girls just need a little convincing (and maybe some alcohol). But I think it's pretty clear in the song that they are flirting and her excuses are half-hearted attempted to say "she tried" but still ultimately end up staying the night. Okay, rant over. Y'all find something new to complain about! :)
I think that's it for now, folks! Hope you're all gearing up for a great Christmas! :) What are some of YOUR confessions?