This year everyone at home was short for cash, so the amount of presents we got was essentially nil. We got a couple of odds and ends, socks etc, and a couple of small gifts from each other and friends (I got mum Stargate, for example, costing less than £3), but the amount of things under the tree was zero except decorations that the cat had knocked off whilst climbing up it. To be honest, it made for the best Christmas I’ve had in years.
There was no expectations, no pressure, and absolutely no reason to be up before 8 in the morning. My sister, working at a local nightclub the night before, didn’t get up until half 11. It was just another day, with the exception of turkey dinner and the promise of Doctor Who in the evening.
No-one was grumpy, because everyone got to do their own thing. There was no mess, no arguments, and no fighting. I was so relaxed I managed to have an hour and a half nap before Doctor Who time. In a house filled with people who have their own mental health battles, the tension and stress levels where non-existent. It was just an incredibly relaxed and nice atmosphere.
I’m not the only one I know with the same experience. My friend’s mum’s words were ‘I haven’t got enough money for presents, so I’m not going to bother with them’. It was the first Christmas they’ve had for years where there’s been no family arguments, and everything was just nice.
Needless to say we’ve made it a thing now that in future Christmas is going to be just this-simple, relaxed, and nice.
How was your Christmas? Were you in a similar position? If not, what was your favourite present?