The Christmas Police


Guess what – there is no Christmas police.

You can decide not to…

  • Bake cookies
  • Put up a tree
  • Decorate
  • Spend more than you have on gifts
  • Make your own stockings
  • Stay up to midnight finishing homemade gifts
  • Cook twice as much as you need
  • Go to the party

If it doesn’t matter to you or your family you can say no. And if your family says it all matters, ask them what matters most. (If it truly, truly matters to them they can always do it themselves.)

You can decide to…

  • Celebrate with just your immediate family
  • Make one kind of cookie
  • Ask for help with the holiday dinner
  • Spend the night in
  • Finish up things after Christmas
  • Enjoy
  • Laugh
  • Connect

Breathe and let go.


  • Lightening says:

    Amen to that! Right now we’re spending some family time down the beach. I could be home cooking up a storm but we’re having so much fun and we all needed a break. It’s going to make Christmas so much nicer! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    This year I gave myself permission to skip the holiday cards. We have enough going on! The gifts are fairly limited as well. It will be a much simpler holiday for us.

  • K-Sue says:

    Thanks for this, including the choices to do. I find this year with many friends choosing to scale way back, there is pressure to not do – the pressure to feel guilty because we choose to still buy gifts, to eat out some, to travel some.

  • Beth says:

    Right – my sister and her mother-in-law love to bake together for the holidays. If it’s something you love to do or give, go for it! I actually make homemade cards, not very simple, but my daughter and I really like to make them. But, to compensate for that I don’t bake and we decorate simply. And we travel a lot.

  • Robin says:

    We have not sent Christmas cards for several years. I have the time, but even if I buy cards from the Dollar Store, the postage is expensive. This is our very first year to not put up a Christmas tree. Very liberating. First, we were both too sick to go when we normally would have gone. Then when we were feeling better, we got hit with a snow storm. And finally it was several days until Christmas and we didn’t have the cash. Our children are married with children of their own. I wouldn’t have done this when we had kids at home, but my husband and I discussed this at great length and we were both totally okay with a tree-free Christmas. And finally, I just wonder what Jesus thinks when He sees how we celebrate His birthday. What do you suppose God thinks?

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