I’m not feeling Christmas this year. And I’m not the only one with this sentiment. A scientific poll conducted with three friends, my sisters and six random co-workers reveal that “Christmas just isn’t the same this year.”
What caused this anti-Christmas phenomenal? Could it be Christmas overload from the way retailers shove holiday cheer on us before we can swallow the candy from Halloween? Maybe it’s because Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer came on television before Thanksgiving? Or maybe it’s because I missed the annual shopping kill or be killed event otherwise known as “The Day After Thanksgiving?
I have gotten older my kids have gotten older, Christmas has lost some of its magic. I relished the role of “playing” Santa and secretly wrapping presents. Now Princess and Diva only want one gift. Money and a ride to the mall.
Maybe I’ve gotten lazy. Why spend a month stressing and decorating for one day and then it’s over? Why struggle to maintain a false sense of holiday cheer and being nice to people you can’t stand for 364 other days of the year?
I’m sure I’ll snap out of this funk in a day or two. After all, I am looking forward to some days off from work and spending time with family. I can focus on the true meaning of Christmas and not worry about my meager Christmas budget. I can be thankful that my family is healthy and that I am loved. See, I can almost feel the warmth of Christmas cheer.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. I look forward to more adventures in the New Year.