A little different


Photo taken at the Holt Renfrew window display

Due to a certain unforeseen situation, we’re doing Christmas a little differently this year. And by different, I mean no Christmas presents for anybody. Everyone’s off the hook this year. The best thing about that decision? We had a very good response by our family.

The weird thing is, I never doubted that decision the second we made it. I knew it was the right thing to do under the circumstances. And I love Christmas! It didn’t hit me until today when I walked through the mall after work, saw all the signs in the stores and people with shopping bags I suddenly realized, “Wow. I don’t have to do that this year.”

This year we’ll be celebrating in a new way. I have no idea what we’ll do instead, but I’m sure we’ll start a new tradition for ourselves. But things that will stay the same this year on my end will be:

  1. The Advent Calendar (beginning December 1st)
  2. The Annual Browne Christmas Card
  3. Cookies

This year will be a Christmas adventure of a different kind. And thankfully, it will include Oscar.


Andee wrote:
We are doing our own kind of christmas too. A pot luck dinner with family and friends in the same boat as us, a handmade gift exchange (with a $10max) each person makes one gift and gets one gift, games, music and no debt or gift buying. It is time to stop the madness the holidays have become
Tuesday November 17, 2009 12:58 AM

Dianne wrote:
Wonderful idea!! This year I too need to scale back the madness and will be only buying one gift for each of my grandchildren and special cards for my grown-up children…works for me! I am so looking forward to your Advent Calendar!!
Tuesday November 17, 2009 03:03 AM

Stacey Ball wrote:
Two things….I think that it is an awesome idea! I think Christmas should be about the parts that we enjoy and shouldn’t have to revolve around spending tons of money on gifts. I’d rather give gifts randomly through the year. Secondly, when that picture started to load and it said “A Little Different” in the title…I thought you went blond!! hahahaha

Ok third, the Advent Calendar is what makes my Christmas. I could leave everything else. :o)
Tuesday November 17, 2009 08:38 AM

Suzanne wrote:
I do buy for the kidlets, but for me Winter Solstice is the thing!
Tuesday November 17, 2009 09:22 AM

Carol Browne wrote:
Thanks you guys! I’m looking forward to it as well…we’ll all celebrate together.
Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:14 PM

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