A Simple Christmas

Christmas 2018, interestingly enough, was one for the books. Less “cheery,” but honestly an eye-opening bag filled with simplicity and pure, sensible praise.
Hey Gents,
Merry Christmas!
I know, I know. You’re probably wondering why i’ve been on the hush this holiday season. And no, Scrooge hasn’t possessed me in any way, shape, or form.
The truth is that my recent transition to Charlotte (still can’t believe it!) hasn’t given me the chance to breath. Heck, I barely had time to buy a bed frame and mattress. Days feel like hours, and my mind constantly hops from one field to another.
This Christmas in particular exuded very little festive feels. (Coming from a guy who takes his holiday onsie, custard, and sentimental ornaments seriously.) I was constantly scurrying out the door, heading to work, working hard, driving back, slapping a turkey sandwich together, and sleeping late.
I know the routine may -or may not- ease its stress level later on, but the timing was bad. Moving to a new city during the holiday season is, well, a lunatic shift. Keep in mind that I moved for work-related reasons.
It’s a bittersweet feeling, knowing I missed an opportunity to render my Christmas cheer into life. The worse part? I have to wait 300+ days for another chance to wander the cheerful corners of Ballard Designs…. #notearslefttocry 😢
Also, i’m not able to drive home since I work the day before and after Christmas. Oy.
On the flip-side, my eyes were widened by wonder when I realized something so simple in theory, but scholarly in reality.
While the gifts, garlands, and gingerbread cookies make the holiday spirits bright, the true meaning of Christmas centers around the birth of Jesus. God made flesh, the one who saved us from sin and shame. A true miracle, if you ask me.
I mean, isn’t that enough? To acknowledge this historical moment and praise Jesus for all He has done?
Sadly enough, we live in a world wrapped with marketing ploys and materialistic novelties. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Hallmark Movie moment, but never lose the true meaning of Christmas.
This holiday season challenged my perspective. Moreover, my heart. Strip me of all the snowman songs and shopping sprees and I will be just fine. I’m celebrating Christmas in my (still empty) apartment, face-time my family, read a novel (or two), and sing endless praises to God.
For anyone experiencing FOMO and regrets, know that it’s the thought that counts.
Man, what a humbling experience.
Hope your day is filled with appreciation and zen!
all the brotherly love,



I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


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