“There is the Christmas we believe we should have and there is the Christmas that we have.”
~Christopher Borrelli (Chicago Tribune)
I am close to 2 people who are self-avowed Scrooges. I don’t believe it because I know both to be warm-hearted and giving people. One just attended a Christmas chorale event with me in early December and was farther along in putting up festive decorations at her house than I was. (I rectified that this weekend.) So what makes each express such Bah Humbug?
How much of our Christmas is expectation, forced frivolity?
Yet another friend lamented the added pressure of her family’s Elf on the Shelf that has to do something every day. Her husband just backs away saying he isn’t creative that way. She would be open to the whimsy of the season, I think, if not for the outside pressure. I think this is true for each of these people.
Sure I am subject to those ‘if only’ thoughts of amazing, movie worthy Christmas experiences (just about any experiences). But then again, I have learned to find joy in many ways and many places. I loved starting my Christmas season with that chorale concert. And attending my work Christmas party this past Friday. I am slowly taking out my decorations and reminiscing over many of them.
I’ve sat down to write my Christmas poem that goes into the cards that I send out, addressing a few each day. I do lament that I no longer have the time to devote to the Christmas baking of years past. I’ve occasionally tuned in to the local radio station that plays all Christmas music all month, but haven’t pulled out my own CD collection yet.
Christmas is about savoring and sharing joy. I hope that whatever that means for you, you are able to get into the Christmas Spirit this season.
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