The work of Christmas
Yesterday I read this piece by fellow blogger Jana and it really struck a chord. She observed that most of the work to make Christmas magical is done by women, but ultimately the credit goes to a man — Santa. I wondered how true this is for other families. My husband buys my presents and wraps them, and he helps me pick out and put up our tree. Weather permitting we cut it down ourselves, and his job is usually the cutting, while I hold it upright. Once home, he holds it up while I squirm under the stand to try to screw in the bolts (my size and agility making this easier for me). I do all the decorating of the tree. I also buy, wrap and ship all presents for family members. We stuff each other’s stockings. Because we don’t have kids I think the holiday load is fairly evenly distributed. If I am doing more it is in large part because I enjoy it and want certain things done, whereas he doesn’t care as much. I think maybe if we had kids what is enjoyable now could become a chore in terms of teacher gifts, school events and other obligations.