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Our fake Christmas

By Robin Dearing

Sunday, we had our 3rd annual fake Christmas/Festivus. It's a lot like Christmas only the day we celebrate is randomly chosen to accommodate our travel/school/band schedules and it is much more casual. I let Margaret open a gift or two whenever she wants before fake Christmas. Since Santa no longer comes to our house, I don't have to worry about hiding presents or getting the stockings stuffed before anyone wakes up.

Yes, it doesn't have the magic of a traditional Christmas with kids eager for the Santa experience. But it's so relaxed and easy, I really quite love it.

Since I finished my holiday shopping, wrapping, shipping and baking last week, this weekend was filled with luxurious down time. Plus, having a teenager means that fake Christmas morning comes with some sleeping in. Bonus.

The morning started with the traditional opening of the presents which is always fun. Margaret loved her gifts and was kind and gracious about recieving them. After gifts, we made a yummy brunch of potato-and-egg casserole and fruit salad with crecent rolls. Bill's son and his wife joined us for brunch followed by more present opening. Then some much-needed sitting around. 

Because fake Christmas has no rules, we decided to take Margaret to a horribly inappropriate movie followed by pizza. It's a new family tradition.

I love our quirky family celebration and am so happy to avoid all the stress and strain that can come with the holiday season. 


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Robin, I am so glad you can embrace the nontraditional customs your family has and not feel guilty about them. I go on a big guilt trip every December because I do not make a bunch of Christmas cookies (someone would have to eat them and I know it’d be me), I do not make a big meal, and every Christmas looks a little different from all the others. I’m hoping my Christmas legacy for my daughters is that they don’t have to do it a certain way if they don’t feel like it. I love your carefree attitude about the holiday.

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