What I Want for Christmas This Year: Nothing

No, I’m not kidding. I literally want nothing. I also want to do nothing.

Rose Bak


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“What do you want for Christmas?” my sister asked me.

“Nothing,” I replied.

“No, really.”

I made a big decision last year. I am officially done with Christmas.

I’m done shopping. I’m done receiving gifts. I’m done wrapping presents. I’m done unwrapping presents. I’m done with the super awkward gift-giving events where we all watch each other open gifts and look for confirmation of whether the person likes the gift or not.

I. Am. Done.

I hate receiving gifts. I hate giving gifts on one specific day. I’d rather just see something someone likes and give it to them when I get it. I think a gift means more when it’s randomly shared on April 12th or July 9th or whatever day, instead of all the pressure to get THE PERFECT GIFT that can only be given on December 25th.

To me, gifts mean more when they’re not required.

The truth is, I’ve never particularly liked Christmas. When I was growing up, holidays were more horror than Hallmark.

As an adult, I’ve moved farther and farther away from any kind of regular Christmas celebrations. I’ve never been a person who likes crowds or shopping or fancy dinners or structured activities.

But I was still willing to give Christmas a shot.

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Over the years, I made my own holiday traditions. One year I had the most perfect Christmas ever, and on that day, we didn’t celebrate Christmas at all.

But last year I had an epiphany of sorts. I wanted my Christmas to be as fun as my Thanksgiving. I wanted a holiday where I do absolutely nothing.

Here’s the thing: I don’t want people to spend money on me. I don’t want any new clothes. I don’t want anything that collects dust. I don’t want anything that requires me to be somewhere at a certain day and time. I don’t want anything that I’ll lose track of or that has an…



Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer and yoga teacher who lives in Oregon. Find her at https://linktr.ee/rosebak or follow @authorrosebak on social media.