X as in the unknown element.
X as in I-will-not-partake-of-that.
X as in putting the heX on SAD-foods during the yuletide season.
If Christmas is your sacred or beloved holiday, this post may not be for you.
It is for the disenchanted.
X as in I-will-not-partake-of-that
While you’re renovating your life with this paleo thing, why not renovate your relationship to Christmas, too?
Here’s a seasonal hymn:
The time of year when the alcoholics congregate to inflict their dysfunctions on the succeeding generations;
And financial stress wrecks its meticulous havoc, up to and including when the credit card bills roll in January;
And the womenfolk get ground into a powder trying to feed, placate, ameliorate and gift everybody;
Giving up Christmas isn’t for wimps…
When I say ‘I gave up Christmas’ I usually get one of 3 responses:
- Confusion, as if I’ve said I’ve decided not to have a face anymore;
- Hostility, kind of a how-dare-you-not-suffer-along-with-the-rest-of-us vibe; or
- Jealousy, one woman told me wistfully You are so lucky!;
You could be as lucky.
The first time I tried to give up Christmas I made it all the way to December 23rd before I caved. I suddenly really got what it would mean to have nothing to offer on Christmas day, not even a well-formulated explanation for my giftlessness.
So I grabbed my toddler and we headed to Walmart. This was especially bad because it was that toddler’s 2nd birthday. Which she spent with her short-tempered mother in Walmart buying purposeless crap.
As an aside, we ended up in an epic line-up for the Walmart bathroom that day. My toddler had this cute overgeneralization back then, in which she called everything covered by underpants ‘bum’. I hadn’t yet got around to correcting her, and even in the moment I thought it totally served me right when we finally wedged ourselves into a stall and she said, in her biggest toddler voice: Mum! Why is your bum so hairy?
I kept at it, and six years ago I succeeded.
I no longer observe Christmas in any way.
I have absolutely not one speck of regret.
Since giving up Christmas, I’ve continued to think critically about what is important to me. I’ve tried to be intentional about what I include in my life.
Which in time led me to give up grains & legumes and launch this crazy paleo experiment.
But maybe you love Christmas. Or you are still weaning yourself off the good cheer. Putting the X in X-mas can also be about maintaining your Paleo Orthodoxy over the holiday season.
Stay tuned for that in part 2, tomorrow.