At this time last year, and the year before, too, I was talking about nothing but holiday. Holiday dresses, holiday parties, holiday gifts… and the list goes on. It’s not that I got tired of it and decided to take a break this year so much I was never into it in the first place. I don’t love the holiday season. I’ll be the first to admit it. Four years in retail, listening to Christmas music and wrapping gifts for three months straight, cured me of any enthusiasm I had for the most wonderful (ahem…) time of year. Enough years away from the retail world have eased my frustration with the pressure and tension this season so often brings. But they’ve left me with a feeling that can be described, at best, as indifference.
All this begs the question – why have I been so holiday happy for the last few years? And the simple answer is that I got caught up worrying about other people’s opinions. For the most part, I march to the very distinct beat of my own drum. But as a blogger, I’ve found it surprisingly difficult to openly embrace my lack of interest in tinsel and eggnog. People love Christmas, I’ve reminded myself time and time again. They will want to see what you do for Christmas. And they won’t like it if the answer is nothing.
When I started Coco & Vera, I hoped that people would like it. But I didn’t create content with what I thought people would like in mind. I admit, at times, I’ve lost sight of that – particularly when it comes to holiday content. The reality is, this space is mine. If I woke up one more and decided to stop writing, life would go on. (Which is not to suggest that I have considered that at all. I haven’t.) The same goes for holiday content. My basic philosophy these days is simple: I’m going to share what I like, not what anyone else likes. And I don’t really like the holidays.
So this is as a close to a holiday party outfit as you’ll see from me this year. I don’t have a Christmas tree. I bought one roll of wrapping paper and ran out of tape after wrapping exactly two gifts. The extent of my plans for celebrating NYE is buying a bottle of sparkling wine, because I like pyjamas better than dresses, always. And I’m totally okay with all of that. If merry and bright is your thing, more power to you, but I’m going to stick to pretending the next two weeks are just like any other two weeks of the year.
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