Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas












About ten years ago I decided to abolish Christmas from my life. Why would I celebrate?

25 Comments:

Blogger Ellis Nadler said...

i can't be bothered with it but everyone else insists i join in

8:21 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Caroline: I LOVE your picture. The baby is perfectly adorable... poor little thing looking back at you as if to say, "Hey, what gives?" I, too, am making more of an effort this year to see the beauty of the season and leave the stuff that I can't stand to others.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Judi said...

hurray! - It's too beautiful a time of year to allow the commercialization to ruin it for you. Let me be the first to say "A joyful Yule to you, my friend"

Now to check out Britt's blog ....

9:10 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Yesterday driving I was thinking of that phrase "don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" Now I can't seem to grasp what I was refering to. I will ask to dream about it tonight and figure it out. It is not such a common phrase, yet we were both thinking it!

I REALLY can see you being a cartoonist. Published someplace everyday.

I am going to NY in January and February I know there has to be a visit for us sometime soon! I was trying to picture us meeting. For some reason I kept envisioning us at your house with Ethan running around and Maggie chasing your cat.

I know you will find a way to celebrate the season that resonates with you!

XOXO,
Melba

12:11 AM  
Blogger miss*R said...

your drawings are fantastic! I laughed and laughed at your previous post - meant to comment but forgot..but you had me laughing out loud often - thankyou xoxo
Christmas - hmmmm - I am off to look at your friends blog - I am decorating but also trying to blend two beliefs for this time of year.

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

Your cartoon drawings are so good!

I am happy to hear that I ave inspiret you to start some Christmas celebrations again :-)

I will be following your blogs - for more cartoons and for advent and Christmas updates.

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christmas -- Oy Vey. It is the perennial question in my mind (at least at this time of year.) With kids, I can't just ignore it. Remember Folklore Village, Caroline? I tried to go that route for a while -- all homemade cookies and gingerbread houses, handmade gifts. Well, that can send you to the nuthouse pretty quickly.
Here's what I love about it: 1)Christmas trees in the house. (While it seems wasteful, Christmas tree farms are usually family-owned and they keep the land away from developers of subdivisions, etc. so I support them.)
2)twinkling lights
3)singing Christmas carols (but not in any organized fashion.)
4) I make (or buy) Anna & Grace new pajamas every year and on Christmas Eve they receive them, along with a book. I love that tradition and so do they.
Here's what I cringe at:
1) The urge to CONSUME, even if you swear you won't. Guilt is a powerful motivator.
2) How the days surrounding Christmas feel like an alien abduction.Must see family. Must see family again. Must see family AGAIN. Must watch football game with family.
3) How no one acknowledges that Christmas time can be Hell if you are depressed, grieving a loss, etc.
4) How no matter how much you do, it never feels quite enough.

When I am an old woman I am going to acknowledge Solstice in a bigger way.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Mousie said...

how strange...I've had problems with Christmas for years...missing so much my childhood ones...but friends told me to try and think otherwise, and I see your blog among "Beyond the fields" addresses...so i mist do something as well...don't know what yet...let you know...see you, dear, I'll come back
Mousie

12:36 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

You've inspired me once again Caroline. I've wanted to have nothing to do with Chrismtmas for a very long time. This year I luckily get to go home and be with my family and I'm not painfully poor so I think I'll be able to celebrate it more too. I'm glad you're going to explore the experience.

Thank you also for "breathing" for me , :) what a lovely idea. You are so thoughtful.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

I'm glad you can find the good and right in Christmas if you want and need to. I'm going to continue on my path of being out of the U.S. for Christmas, where I can separate myself from something I really don't appreciate and am not motivated to try to enjoy.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Cin said...

another terrific illo, the expressions and gestures just right and conveyed with perfect economy! and I so completely understand your feelings about Christmas, I'm much more in tune with Thanksgiving, I know I have so much to be thankful for.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Another expressive drawing, love 'em.
My family and I have solved the Christmas consumer issue by making it more about us and our connection to each other.
But food, pretty lights and music are acceptable.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I have run the gamut with the holidays. I went from over the top involved (I worked in a Hallmark store... you can imagine!) to NOTHING.

I don't see my family at Christmas because the "celebration" wasn't fun. Mike's birthday, our anniversary (not wedding yet, but meeting) and Christmas fall within a week. Mike doesn't like presents, but I'm insistent about them. I'm not sure why that is. I like presents. I LOVE buying presents for people, or making stuff. I like getting them too, of course. I don't go overboard with the amount I spend, but I enjoy it!!

I don't decorate anymore - with five cats, it's just not worth the hassle. I do love the holidays though.

I hope you can find ways that work for you!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Nice post, came here from Lucia's. I am not a Christian so am not a part of this frenzy that starts around Thanksgiving.
Even if I were I would probably celebrate it with just the lights and food. I can do without shopping as our idea of gifts is a little different. I would rather spring a gift out of the blue for someone I care about.
But thats me and like you we are all free to do our thing. :)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

I love that you wrote, "I'm not yet a druid", LOL. That's awesome! I'm really looking forward to celebrating the winter solstice.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I'm looking for my Christmas spirit! LOL Welcome back to the holiday, may it bring warm fuzzies ;)

2:15 PM  
Blogger dmmgmfm said...

First: Once again I have to say how much I love your blog. I found the time to read from the beginning and I have to say...way to go! You have come a long way in a short time and you truly are an inspiration.
Second: Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Third: May I add your link to my blog list?
Fourth: Have a wonderful week!
Laurie

7:40 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I love your drawings so clearly, cleverly and humourously depict your post - a beautiful thing that is.

I ditto Suzie on the 'not yet a druid' - that is a fascinating thing to say.

Great post as always Caroline!

Shannon

8:59 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I'm with you on Christmas.. and agree with Lucia's solution. In the absence of that possibility, I continue to ignore it. There just doesn't seem to be anything of interest there. It's pretty much another day ~ and I make no special effort to make it different. For whatever reason, it works for me. :)


Peace,

~Chani

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