I think it’s really interesting how my attitudes about Christmas and the holiday season in general change from year to year. I’m Jewish, so it’s not really a big thing for me. And by not really, I mean not at all. I’m more of the innocent bystander type.
I went searching in my old blog posts to see if I blogged on Christmas each year and if I made an occasion of it. I managed to account for Christmas 2008, 2009, and 2010 through old database backups and the lucky fact that I took a screenshot for a past layouts page on 25 December 2008.
In 2008, I was apparently mad at my friends for wishing me a merry Christmas when I’m Jewish. “Happy Commercialmas” was the name of the post. What a cynic! Though I must admit I’m a bit excited for Christmas to be over this year… I’m sick of all the ads on TV and in my inbox. Is that really so bad? :sus:
In ’09, the holiday got a brief mention. “I hope everyone who celebrates it had a very merry Christmas! :),” I said, “Even though I haven’t had much holiday spirit this year, it’s sad that the holidays are almost over. D:” Then I went on to talk about my DailyBooth account, complaints about my brother, and some stuff about uni. “It really bothers me how short this blog is. D:” Classy. Of course, you all know how classy I am based on Friday’s post.
’10, well, I wrote about my experience at The Night 89X Stole Christmas. I almost wrote about the holiday, except for the fact that I didn’t mention the name of the concert even once. “A week ago, on December 17th, I started off my holiday break by finally seeing MCR in concert.” My break started so early? I’m jealous, 17-year-old self. (I got home on the 21st this year.)
2007, though, was probably the most… disappointing post for me to read. I didn’t technically blog on Christmas that year, but I did blog on 12 December:
I was in a good mood yesterday afternoon ^_^;;. After school I went to Walmart with my mom and we bought Thomas the Tank Engine toys for a little boy named Noah who wasn’t going to have a Christmas. I had fun picking the stuff out, and I really wish I could see his face when he opens them T_T. Merry Christmas Noah!! XD Wish he could see.
Oh, how times have changed. Now, thanks to my lovely father, it’s my family that receives charity. In 2009, my brother and my Chanukah gifts came from an anonymous family at our temple–my mom participated in a No Family Without a Chanukah program because she couldn’t provide gifts for us herself. She’s still struggling this year, so she got my brother and me each one thing. I got faux-leather gloves which are unfortunately too big on me, so we have to go shopping for a different pair that’s hopefully in the same price range. Last night, I thought she was being a bit silly about saying, “Okay, you have $15.93 to spend, or I can write you a check for that much if we can’t find anything,” but I’ve reevaluated and I realize she’s just doing the best she can.
I don’t need expensive gifts to be happy around the holidays, but I admit I do like gifts and it wouldn’t feel the same without them. I like giving them, too, promise! I gave my mom and brother gifts this year that they both love.
Merry Christmas, and I hope you all received enough gifts to make me very, very jealous. 🙂