I mostly love Christmas. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, I love making space in the house for special decorations, I love the little bit of crafting I get to do, I enjoy giving presents and seeing other people receive things they want or need, I love getting things I want or need, and I love the excuse to get together with friends and/or extended family. I also love summer and the long light evenings, the warm nights, the sunny days, eating dinner outside, taking trips to parks after dinner. I loathe the shops and the excessive consumption and the canned secular music, but thankfully those can be mostly avoided with a little planning.
This year our family has a Christmas Spirit list! I’m thinking about ways in which we can make our family Christmas a bit more about giving to others in need rather than feathering our own nests, but that takes thought and stepping outside of my comfort zone, so this year it hasn’t quite happened.
One of the things I don’t love about Christmas is that we’re one week away from Christmas Day and I still don’t feel like I’ve had a chance to stop, get off the rollercoaster, and enjoy the season. This has been a constant frustration for me for years. Last year I decided I needed to declare myself on holidays from three weeks before Christmas. I forgot about it until now! I am writing this resolution into my calendar for next year so that I can make it a reality. My last day of work this year is Wednesday and I’m hopeful that I can really get into the Christmas spirit of family and celebration after that is out of the way.