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Tired of carols and forced jollity? Think that giving and receiving shouldn’t focus on a single day of the year? You’ve come to the right place. I’m here to assure you that you’re not a loser, curmudgeon, or bad person just because you’re not involved in the holiday frenzy (though, for all I know, you may be all of these things).

Frankie, who is my role model (see WWFD: What Would Frankie Do), prefers to avoid the pressure to be social that Christmas brings.

Since I live to please him and my blog has always been a guilt-free zone for good dog owners, I’m extending my  no-guilt mandate to non-celebrators. Those who observe other religions. Those who don’t have family. Those who don’t have friends. Those who have both but don’t care to see them, preferring to take advantage of a quiet day. Even telemarketers take a break this time of year.

Watch your favorite films on DVD. Read a good book. Check out all the blogs you never get a chance to visit. Or consider writing a list of the many ways this past year sucked for you. My favorite example, which I found through Twitter pal Denise Rothman, comes courtesy  of Ant Hill Marketing:

You don’t even have to have fun if you don’t want to. Catch up on work or clean the house. I’m planning to do both. Possibly.

In short, you have my permission to do whatever you want to as long as it doesn’t harm anyone, especially animals. Consider it a nondenominational non-holiday gift from me and Frankie.

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