We’re skipping Christmas this year.
Well… we’re not skipping the Christmas spirit, just some of the other stuff.
I’ve always known I wanted a January wedding. My college roommate planted the idea of a snowflake themed wedding in my head back in college and it sort of stuck there. When Derek proposed last January, it was perfect. We could book our wedding for the following January and still have a year to plan it, win-win.
We decided on January 5th because we wanted the first Saturday of the New Year. Derek’s office generally closes down for the week between Christmas Eve and New Years, so he could help with wedding stuff and not have to worry about taking off an insane amount of PTO in the process.
When we picked the date, Christmas was the furthest thing from our minds. I honestly never gave it much thought until the holiday started creeping up on us. Usually I can’t wait for the Christmas season to start. I’m one of those annoying Christmas music lovers who starts listening to music on November 1st and puts her tree up the second Thanksgiving is over. I have a huge fake tree, embroidered stockings, and a collection of ornaments I’ve been collecting since I was a little girl. I love Christmas and I love celebrating the season.
However, this year the holiday is taking a backseat. I already saw this starting to happen over Thanksgiving break. Instead of picking out a tree with my family or helping my mom decorate as I normally do, I was up to my eyeballs in wedding tasks. I had to drop my dress off at the seamstress, order cookies, book a shuttle, and go over center pieces and ceremony scripts with my aunt.
Derek and I were debating after Thanksgiving whether we would put any Christmas decorations up this year, and as soon as I walked in the door yesterday, I knew the answer. The house was a mess – full of wedding stuff and Ikea boxes of furniture we still need to put together – and the last thing either of us wanted to think about was heading up to the attic to take the Christmas tree down. Instead of messing with decorations, we tag teamed organizing the bridal shower gifts and reviewing our RSVPs. It was then that we both realized if we did put a Christmas tree up we would be the only ones enjoying it. As we have no plans for guests in the next few weeks, and we’re okay not looking at one, we agreed we’d rather concentrate on wedding stuff and not take on any added stress of putting decorations up now or taking them down later.
So this year we’re skipping Christmas. We still plan to celebrate Christmas with both of our families and enjoy the season, but we’ve decided to skip the usual decorations, Christmas cards, and a couple of other family traditions. We’re also keeping the gifts on the smaller side.
Next year, I can’t wait to strike back with a vengeance for our first Christmas as husband and wife. We’re hoping to start a few new traditions of our own (like tossing the fake tree and getting a REAL one ), but until then we’re okay going the super-casual route this year.
Were you married around the holidays? Did you still decorate?