Hard to believe that several years ago I wanted to "skip Christmas". It is easy to get depressed by the materialistic aspect of the holiday. With over thirty people to purchase presents for it gets to be a little overwhelming (I guess that is why I start shopping in January).
I think it was the grand kids that saved my Christmas spirit. It is fun to see the holiday through their eyes. I want to make it a special time for them, with lots of good memories.