Last year, Christmas was wonderful. Even though I was busy with school as I was this year, I still managed to decorate our house over Thanksgiving weekend. The Scientist and I participated in all kinds of holiday festivities, and I distinctly remember an evening of Christmas shopping when I kept looking around at all the decorations, squealing "I love Christmas!"
The year before that, Christmas of 2009, was the opposite. I got in a bad car accident. I was unhappy at my job. There were weird things going on in my family. All of that left me feeling pretty darn depressed and I just couldn't get into the spirit of Christmas.
The year before that was one of the best Christmases ever. It was the first Christmas The Scientist and I spent together. We'd only been dating for 3 months at the time, but we already knew we were in it for the long haul. It was also the year of SNOWPOCALYPSE in Seattle, and while the rest of the city was shut down, we were able to get out and about with The Scientist's Pathfinder (which was sadly totaled in the accident mentioned above). It was a magical holiday season.
Going back one more year, Christmas of 2007, I was not in the holiday spirit at all. Not because I was feeling depressed or blue or anything, but because I spent Christmas in Hawaii that year! My brother and sis-in-law were stationed there and it was my niece's first Christmas. It was a wonderful vacation, but it's kind of hard to get into the holidays when it's 80 degrees and you're on the beach surrounded by palm trees :-)
As for this year, I'm enjoying my time off and trying to be as Christmasy as possible - baking cookies, creating Christmas crafts, wrapping presents, etc. And hopefully by this weekend I'll feel a bit more Griswoldian.
Are you in the Christmas spirit this year? What helps to make your holidays feel more magical?
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