I found Christmas didn't feel like Christmas this year. I have always been one who celebrated Christmas to the extreme .. especially when my children were younger, but even now.
If you remember several years ago I put lights on all of the gifts for my family in hopes it would enlighten them lol .. and last year I made big beautiful clouds full of lights to decorate my home. I always take great care in wrapping gifts and baking .. not so this year. 

The feeling just wasnt' there .. there was no magic. Even in the stores I found it hard to find any Christmas .. where was the Christmas music, the rushing, pushing, crowds .. heck I could hardly find the decorations. 
We had a get-together at my grand-daughter's home this year and driving over there on Christmas Day I asked my husband where are the street decorations? There were none. Few stores had any lights even .. and again it was hard to find any signs of Christmas.
We enjoyed our family togetherness, but it lacked the excitement of the holiday and it didn't feel much different than other family get-togethers. The "spirit of Christmas" was missing. We didn't play Christmas music much and when we did it didn't give me the sense of nostalgia that it used to in the past. After a few songs I'd just turn it off. 
Perhaps it may have been because I hadn't been feeling well I thought, but no .. my husband felt it too. Did you? What are your thoughts?

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Comment by Lauren on January 2, 2017 at 1:23pm
I think God for God as he has no respecter of persons....
I am not happy with the current political front I don't worship man...
We will rally behind the elected leader but he needs to shut his mouth and know what he's talking about before he opens it again.
But this is not what is affecting the Christmas spirit ....
The lack of common sense and respect for God is.
The overcommercialization trying to add made up holidays such as Kwanzaa and trying to remove the obviously spiritual foundations. From what gave us the Christmas holidays to begin with...
Comment by UnSlaveMe on January 2, 2017 at 11:20am

I really like your thinking MarieLynne and I couldn't agree more. Perhaps it is just being tired of the same old thing year after year and somehow it seems there is more missing each time we perform the exercise in merriness. The idea of starting new traditions is very exciting as I was thinking prior to Christmas that Christmas can happen anytime .. maybe even spontaneously. With how things have become so commercialized any avoidance of calendar dates for me is a plus.

Comment by MarieLynne ST Pierre on January 2, 2017 at 10:30am

I agree that Christmas was less than exciting this year.  In my case it was a downsizing.  Every other year I do a big party and this year was the off year. But, everywhere I looked was a downsizing.  I wondered if the stores are feeling squeezed by our economy. Money is tight for many.

Another possibility is that our collective 'bubble' has been burst.  As we awaken in the dream, we find ourselves letting go of our magical thinking. While the truth slaps us in the face, we pause and put down our fantasy games. Later we can decide what we want to align ourselves with. We stop doing just because everyone else is and ask ourselves some personal questions.

I have become very mindful of what and how I celebrate our social holidays. In fact, I'm ready to jump off of the bandwagon and begin new traditions like 'Harvest Festival' and 'Winter Festival'. The key for me will be avoiding calendar dates and doing my own thing.

Comment by Lauren on December 28, 2016 at 1:31pm
You are correct I was missing it too....
Comment by UnSlaveMe on December 28, 2016 at 11:14am

Wow I'm happy to hear that Carol. Don't get me wrong I had a good time .. I just felt something was missing. I just listened to the video by Lisa Harrison and Dani and it seems they were feeling the same way as me. I do feel good things are going to happen in the new year .. so for that I'm thrilled. :) 

Comment by Carol Iwanski on December 28, 2016 at 10:59am

I'm sorry you missed the merry Christmas feeling this year.  I found it different here, and so did most of my friends and also on fb, everyone was happier than in years past, more people saying "Merry Christmas" than "Happy Holidays" as in years past...maybe because Pres. Elect Trump was saying it and that it will be back in the White House now.  People I met in stores were saying it, more banners in stores with Merry Christmas, I even saw several with "Happy Birthday Jesus". 


Nothing compares to the Majesty of God!



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