In my working days, I truly relished the holiday season. Christmas shopping was fun and we’d go all out on gifts and wrapping. The days off from work were savored. New Years day meant the end of the fun and heading back into the usual workday grind.
Retirement put a different face on it.
Christmas on the boat meant scaled down celebrations because we had no space for a Christmas tree; nor did we have space to store frivolous gifts that we might have given one another in previous years.
Now that we’re back living on land, we find that holiday season has taken on yet another character – for many reasons. A small condo means that we can’t have a huge 12-foot Christmas tree. In fact, a real tree is very impractical. Living on retirement income after the recession means that the gift budget is tight so we can’t indulge in the excesses of the past.
We did have a great holiday season. We were able to roast a turkey again for Thanksgiving. We did have a very pretty artificial Christmas tree decorated with the ornaments that had been in storage while we were cruising. It was fun unwrapping them after so many years. And we exchanged gifts as usual and revived our old tradition of a whole ham for Christmas dinner.
But since every day is a day off, the sense of “specialness” (I know that’s not a real word) was just not the same. Maybe we should have made a point of participating in more holiday events. We’ll give that a try next year.
As it is, I’m just glad to be rid of the holiday advertising and hype and junk mail from every store in town. Glad to get back to normal, whatever that is.
Happy New Year!