I want to see your tree mock.
Also, taken with what biscuit described. Sounds lovely! Zwp- start drinking at 10 am. You go girl! hehe
My family is very religious but more in a deliverance religious extremist kind of way. How to explain best...?
For instance, I have not one but several family members who have been kicked out of churches. Yes, churches... plural! When you get up and yell at the preacher and the entire congregation that everyone will burn in hell at a church... it doesn't go over well.
The religious aspect of Christmas always had a weird standing growing up. My grandmother decked the house in the most garish cluttered way possible. No surface in the house was safe! Santas abounded. Not normal looking santas mind you. But, ones with weird epilepsy inducing lights surrounding and when possible light up eyes! If they also talked, moved, rang a bell or played repetitive music even better! She'd get them all going, creating some colossal, deafening, animatronic horror show. In the midst of that was always a nativity scene! To prove we were above all those heathen families who didn't have a nativity scene in the middle of their 1970's disco hell!
To this day I avoid images of santa on my tree. (shudders) I have dragons, porcupines, star wars and star trek ornaments, peacocks, glittery snowflakes, and naturally dogs. A dove is my topper.
A picture or two...
Other than a few candles that's all the decorating I do. I try every year, with holidays to leave the bad stuff in the past and create new traditions that are so far removed from my childhood as possible. Christmas I've come to love. Other holidays I still struggle with. Thanksgiving I've resolved to spend utterly sloshed every year. It's for the best.
Presents, not sure what I want on that front. It's rare that I get a chance to buy things so I tend to not want anything as a solution. When I do think of something it's usually practical. A cordless dremmel and a new bra is all I can really think of this year lol. Well.. a vacation...been saving for that for a while.
Jemaine under our trees is a pleasant thought though!
I actually have 3 people to buy for this year thanks to this board and the addition of an online penpal in my life! So I'm excited about that! I've stopped buying for my mom. Her religious beliefs have her mark the box "return to sender" each time and after 5 years of it I've given up. Last year, I made a variety of treats for the bathing staff as a special thank you for all they do and I want to do that again as well. As far as plans go...some movies, a warm blanket, perhaps a book. Hopefully some Christmas light viewing if boyfriend is up to driving. (I'm nightblind). I always love that! Never got to do that as a kid. If not a car ride, then a walk with the dog around the neighborhood in the chill air to see what we can find. We did that last year and it was very peaceful. The world is so vacant at Christmas. It's like you have the town to yourself. That's about it.