Trying to Casually Understand a Blogger Christmas
It's my first Christmas in the blogging world and let's just say I'm a bit... overwhelmed. And confused... yes, very confused. Normally, I don't pay much attention to social media during the holidays but since I'm trying to figure out this stupid Instagram algorithm, I've been spending a lot of time scrolling my TL and I've noticed things that I have a lot of questions about.
Let's start simple.
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND #1: HOLIDAY DECOR
How does everyone on my TL seem to have the cutest Christmas decorations? Doesn't that stuff cost a fortune? I can barely afford a dining table, and all I keep seeing are beautiful living rooms that look like they came straight from a Christmas edition of a Southern Living magazine. How is a normal entry-level-salary girl like me suppose to keep up? #rude
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND #2: CHEESY NETFLIX CHRISTMAS MOVIES
I love a good Christmas Classic, but who here is actually spending their evenings drinking hot cocoa and watching cheesy Netflix Original Christmas movies? I literally feel like they put the same 8 movies up every year... with the same exact plot!
Girl unexpectedly meets a prince of a random country. Snowball fight scene. Prince falls in love with girl. Hot Chocolate scene. Girl and Prince can't be together. Tears. Then they find out they can. Cheers. Girl and Prince marry and celebrate Christmas for the rest of their lives.
I just spoiled all Netflix original movies everywhere. You're welcome.
And for the people watching movies all day, when do you have time to attend to your actual adult responsibilities? Like trying to convince yourself to go to the gym? Or returning Black Friday purchases that went a bit over your budget? Do better.
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND #3: GIFT GUIDES
Is anybody else appalled at the excessive amount of gift guides that are on the internet right now? Besides the fact that one is currently sitting in my blog drafts (sue me), it seems like for the past month, my entire instagram has been covered in perfectly curated images of overpriced gifts for every type of personality you can think of. How do people have time to create 564 gift guides for the "Cozy Chic-ster" or the "Girl that Loves Pajama Bottoms"? I'm pretty sure I buy the same 7 gifts every year. And majority of them are from Target... so there's that.
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND #4: SUPER COOL AND EXPENSIVE CHRISTMAS TRIPS
Who is coordinating these perfect Colorado trips? I swear, half of the people on my TL are sweating in Houston one day and then suddenly appear in a beautiful snowy dream the next. I can't even count the amount of times I've seen a pair of blogger besties posing in front a Cabin lodge in their perfect beanies and overpriced snow-shoes. How dare you fly to a beautiful Christmas suburbia when I'm stuck at work in 70 degree weather?! #offense-taken
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND #5: FRUIT CAKE
I will never understand this. Ever. End of story.
Okay, on a serious note though, isn't it crazy how much we obsess over these terribly dumb things during the Christmas season?
Like seriously, half the time I forget why Christmas is so special.
Why do we take time to celebrate it for almost 2 months straight? Why do we put up decorations in our homes, our neighborhoods and our communities? What is the significance behind gift giving?
What is the true reason for season?
I feel like this question has different answers based on what you believe. As Christians, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus and God's perfect gift being sent down to save us. And for others, Christmas is a time to gather with loved ones, show appreciation for one another and be thankful.
Differences aside, I think we can all agree that the Christmas season is a super special time to stop focusing on the bajillion gazillion problems we have in our lives and focus on one another. To be kind, have hope, spread joy, and truly love.
Yet, it seems like every year we continue to lose sight of this simple and clear message and subconsciously make it all about ourselves.
Whether that's stressing over our extra long Christmas list, struggling to put up Christmas lights in our front yard, or cringing at the thought of hosting our relatives for the week.
Christmas can be such a stressful time or the hardest holiday for people, and it doesn't have to be that way. When we focus too much on any of these things, we risk taking away attention from what really matters in this season.
And I think the more we realize this, the less we let all of these things that naturally come with the holiday season to distract us from what's important. And the more we can truly focus on Jesus and simply being a light to others.
Now, that's a real Christmas.
That's all I have for you today, love bugs. If you're interested in the Christmas story and want to learn how it came about, you can email me here! I love answering your questions. :-) If I get a lot of inquiries then I'll make a blog post about it.
What's your favorite thing about Christmas? Tell me in the comments below!
Until next time,
The Corporate Queendom
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”