Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Every Other

Christmas is five days away, people. FIVE. But you know what? I still haven't managed to get into the Christmas spirit. I'm not feeling grinchy or bah-humbug-ish, I'm just not feeling particularly...well, Christmasy. Looking back on Christmases past, I've realized there is a pattern to my holiday ups and downs.

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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  1. I'm not in the Christmas spirit either ... I don't know what it is. I decorated, I shopped, I got my mom a present I should be excited about but my spirit is just not there. It's bizarre.

  2. I am with you. Perhaps it's the baby brain, or the fact we are staying home this year, but I mostly keep forgetting Christmas is this weekend.

  3. It's taking me longer this year as well...I'm also planning to start a baking bonanza...so hopefully that will be the spark that I need! Happy holidays!

  4. I'm so in the Christmas spirit. Just crazy busy with everything. I can't wait to finally sit down and savor it all. I think Sunday will be a good day.

  5. 2008 was my least favorite Christmas, because my family wasn't all together. And that damn snow meant I had a lame birthday because everyone was snowed in, so we had to cancel plans. I'm holding a grudge against that year.

    I've been kind of slow to get into the spirit too. I hope it finds us!

  6. Stevie- I love your authenticity- so honest, you have such a great blog. Sadly in this case, I'm with you: I'm not OVER THE TOP into Xmas. I am excited for it yes but I wish I were counting down the days which I'm not. I'm hoping that that my Sister will have nieces and/or nephews for me soon so that I can enjoy xmas through a child's eyes (she wants to spend a couple years with just her husband... soooo selfsih) :)

  7. I blame the weather. I think if we'd had one decent snowfall by this point, it would feel more Christmas and winter-like.

  8. I'm not in the Christmas spirit yet although I really, really, really want to be! I don't know why... I'm wondering if it's just me getting older and this is how it's going to be. I hope not!

  9. Have you watched Christmas Vacation yet? It puts me right in the spirit and has me cracking up for two hours. I think I watch it about 5 times each Christmas season, and sometimes I'll even pop it in the player in May!

  10. It's taking me a while to get into the Christmas spirit...possibly because it just didn't feel like Christmas in 80 degree weather! But now that we are back in the cold it should probably hit me soon.

    Two years ago it was really hard to spend Christmas without my parent and sister because it was the first time in my life without them on the holiday. This year I feel more like a part of CP's family and it should be better.


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