“Sorry, We Don’t Celebrate Christmas”

How life changes without the celebration of religious holidays

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  • I didn’t have to worry about buying and decorating that doggone tree, just to throw it away a couple weeks later (and cleaning up the mess of pine needles on the floor). I also didn’t have to grab out the ladder and put up lights all over the house, or buy ever-larger decorations to put in our yard to keep up with the decorations put out by our neighbors.
  • What’s more, it’s an almost guilty pleasure that, with the hundreds of dollars saved by not going deep in credit-card debt buying gifts and decorations, I still have access to all the Christmas sales.
  • An unexpected bonus was that when someone wanted to take Christmas off to spend with their families, it didn’t bother me a bit to take their shifts — more money for me, and they’re grateful for the opportunity to be at home at a time that means so much to them.
  • One thing that did not change was my lifelong annoyance at seeing Christmas advertisements as soon as September, and radio stations playing Christmas songs nonstop beginning the day after Halloween.
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Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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