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My Christmas Spirit

Posted on: December 16, 2008

Where are you Christmas?
Why can’t I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Where is the laughter,
You used to bring me?
Why can’t I hear music play?
Lyrics from “Where Are You Christmas” sung by Faith Hill for the movie, “The Grinch”

“Oh Christmas Spirit!!  Come out; come out where ever you are!”  Has anyone out there seen my Christmas Spirit?  I cannot seem to locate it, it’s been hiding better and better the last few years and this time I can’t seem to locate it.  How sad is that?  Here it is, one week away and I can’t seem to find that pesky Christmas Spirit everyone is always talking about.  I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low, I cannot find it anywhere.  I’ve tried the usual spots and I’ve tried the strange spots, it’s just not here this year.

Ask anyone and most people will tell you that Christmas is my favorite holiday out of the whole year, and it’s the truth!  I like the hustle and bustle of this time of year, the crowded mall, the decorations all over town, decorating my own home, having parties with friends and family, I love it all!  At least I did, for some reason; in the last couple of years my fondness has steadily decreased.  I used to have a hard time waiting for the Christmas Season to begin, I had a personal rule that I had to wait until at least after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas Music or pull out the decorations, but that made it much more special.  Nowadays you can’t buy a Halloween costume without seeing all the Christmas decorations out as well.  Who knew the Christmas Season started in September!  I’ll tell you how much I love Christmas, my husband used to call me Clark Griswold!  I have a tendency to try and over-decorate much like Clark did!  In my opinion I couldn’t put up enough Christmas lights!  If I couldn’t have just the Christmas lights on and nothing else and it is just as bright as the living room lights, I wasn’t happy!  I’d put lights on all the windows and even other places I could rationally conceive.  When we were renting the house in Wauconda, I got to put lights outside and that was like a dream come true for me!  I love decorating for Christmas and if I get a little Griswold-ish so be it!  I always had so much fun putting up the tree and decorating it, putting decorations anywhere that would hold them around the house; it always gave me such pleasure. 

Lately though, decorating hasn’t been all that much fun.  Two years ago I wasn’t able to put up the Christmas Tree because I was working two jobs and just didn’t have the time.  It was horrible for me to not have decorations out, I put out some and put up some lights but it was very minimalist, which for me is just plain weird.  Last year I had to decorate because Christmas morning was going to be here, so I knew I had to decorate.  That excited me to a point because I didn’t get to decorate the year before.  I invited a friend over to help the day after Thanksgiving so I could get it done and have maximum enjoyment time.  Decorating just wasn’t making me as happy as I thought it would.  This year as of right now I don’t have ANY decorations out, I have 2 in a bag on the floor in the living room but they aren’t being displayed, I can’t help but wonder what is wrong with me?  I have a Poinsettia plant that I am trying not to kill and my mom gave me a small evergreen plant/tree so I at least have those, but I have had ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE to get the boxes from storage and really decorate.  I’m not even looking forward to the parties I have next week.

I have tried everything I could think of to get me into the Christmas Spirit, but nothing has even come close.  Even listening to Christmas songs that I LOVE hasn’t helped.  I just got done doing a production of A Christmas Carol and really hoped that by the time it was over I’d be chock full of the Christmas Spirit just like Scrooge, yeah not so much.  It makes me really sad that I can’t seem to get into the spirit of things, since this is my favorite time of year, I haven’t even sent out my annual text message of “Let it Snow” when it has snowed and I LOVE SNOW!  I am going to keep looking, but so far with only a week left, I’m not too optimistic that I’ll find it.  If anyone happens to run across it, please tell it to come home, I miss it.

7 Responses to "My Christmas Spirit"

Just started dragging out our stuff today. Dusty ol’ mess…

When we came home from church Sunday, we put a log in the fireplace and watched three Christmas movies back to back. That and the play did it for me!

I just have to find some time to go shopping!

I have had a little trouble too. I have my decorations up, but I feel a little lack luster(I have NO IDEA if that works in this sentance!) I have a kid and I should feel even more excited because I get to watch him do everything for the first time, and I got nothin! ……..Maybe it’s the economy! LOL lets blame it all on the economy!!! LOL I KNOW that I am OVERTIRED and I do find when I get soem rest I seem to be a bit more cheerful!!!!!! Try going to bed early and being an optimist!!!!!! I’m working on it too!!!!!!

I was thinking just the same thing when I first Heard Faith Hill’s song.

We have no decorations up right now either. My house actually looks like a war zone right now with redecorating and renovating. Mom swears that she will have it done by christmas Eve when we celebrate.

At work I have only a small glass Creche and a few
heavenly angels in the chorus. My work neighbor has lights and garland. That used to be my desk at Christmastime. At first I thought I would get bummed, but nope, I find that I am quite content with what I have.

And for someone who has organized and worked for two charity activities in the last month, I certainly think that you have the Christmas Spirit. And at least you have two parties next week. Our office is not having a grand Christmas party like last year. At first we were all bummed about that but we have instead organized a department potluck day.

so it doesn’t have to be grand just meaningful. Instead of our usual “kicking it up a notch”, perhaps we can all use a little less of everything in our celebrating.

It can be hard to find the Christmas spirit in today’s world. I am a bit like you…even though I am always away at Christmas, I still put up my BIG tree and decorate it to the hilt. And try to always put up Christmas lights on my balcony. That’s when I start to feel the spirit. But I really don’t feel it until I am with my family and we are all together. That is where my Christmas spirit comes from!

This year with my situation changing and neither Christmas Day or Eve will be here I almost said no tree and no dealing with the boxes. And about half a day later I had this break-through; would I feel okay the day after Christmas if I did nothing, and the answer to that was no.

So I first decided to put up my window candles and wreaths and tabletoppers. I wasn’t going to drag out the ratty old discount tree from 1984. The next day I got another brainstorm to find some wind damage and clean it up and decorate that. On Dec 10th I posted a photo (actually 2 photos but the second one is better) and I am so excited about how it came out and it’s a break from the past Christmases which I needed.

So my thoughts are that you should give yourself a break, do what you can and what you will be able to accept looking back; everything else is gravy.

Hi Jenny,
It’s there, within you… I think it’s there, within us all. And yet, sometimes, it just doesn’t come out. I’ve had a few years like that (and my wife hasn’t necessarily appreciated my attitude during those years…). For me, it helps to look at the stockings hanging from the fireplace – and I do get that Christmas spirit, coming out. To me, this is like the eager anticipation of coming Christmas day.

It’s there…I really believe it is…and you’ll find it when you’re ready…

And may all your days this Christmas season be filled, at least, with joy and happiness…

@ All – Thank you for all your comments, I eventually kind of found the christmas spirit, or at least a part of it the friday before. It wasn’t quite as over the top as I normally am but it was some nonetheless. We’ll see what next year holds.

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