HappinessIf you don’t like Christmas, you’re not doing it right. That’s what I think every time I hear people moaning about this time of year. Too commercial, too much over-spending and over-eating, lack of real meaning, blah blah blah.

We all have a choice. How much to spend, how much to eat, what meaning we give this festive period, whether we allow ourselves to be suckered in by every advertisement.

And if we do eat or or spend too much and it turns out to be not such a good idea, we can choose to play it differently next year. Or we can choose to do exactly the same thing.

For us this year, Christmas is all about spending time together, just the four of us. Happy Coulson is a busy place (which we love) and we are busy people (which we love). So we have sl-ow-ed right down, with no work, few activities and limited socialising. Leaving lots of space for walking, cooking, crafting, watching films, or simply lazing around in bed.

Of course, there are people who are alone at Christmas through no choice of their own. If you know someone and can do something about it, then do. I heard about a great ‘spare chair’ idea where people offer a seat at their Christmas lunch to someone who would rather not be alone. Inspired.

So what does Christmas mean to you? And if you don’t like it, change it. There is always something you can do. If you can’t stand the commercialism, move somewhere with no shops. It’s working for us.

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