This year, Christmas seems to be coming fast and furiously. The problem is, my brain isn’t registering that fact. I’ve done the usual things—I’ve made my Christmas list, I’ve purchased presents I think my loved ones would like; I’ve put up decorations and yet…something is missing.
I know that it is Advent, a time of preparation for the actual day of Christmas, but what can I say, I’m a child of the times and with Christmas everywhere, it’s hard not to want to feel something now. And I generally do feel a great sense of joyful anticipation during the time leading up to Christmas. This year, it’s different. I haven’t watched any Christmas movies or animated cartoons like I usually do. I haven’t read any Christmas novels or prayer books. Nothing.
Instead of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head—I’m thinking of how many things have changed this year. For me, a friend has gotten married and moved away; perhaps you are dealing with the loss of a loved one or maybe you just started a new job. All changes bring it’s own set of worries and adaptations. Even good transformations can bring new demands, responsibilities and stresses.
Have you ever had a Christmas season that you just didn’t feel the Christmas spirit? How did you cope? Did you get your spirit back? If so, share how. It may help other readers.