Here we go again. We find ourselves right on the front edge of the holiday season. Time to be festive, jolly and filled with the spirit of giving. Although celebrations and traditions have changed over time, the spirit of Christmas lives on. This story was written when I considered what turns on my Christmas spirit.
Christmas Spirit – #390
What gets you in the Christmas spirit? What’s the trigger that pushes you over the edge and gets you humming carols and shopping at craft fairs, visiting local businesses, looking for just the right gifts, updating addresses for old friends in preparation for sending Christmas cards?
But you know, it makes me wonder what commercial establishments are thinking when they drag out the holiday decorations before Halloween. Do they think that will put me in a buying mood? Who put that marketing idea in their heads?
By Thanksgiving, I am ready for the holidays. I’m psyched about the spirit of giving. But trying to inspire me in October? You won’t get my ho-ho-hos for that!
When I do get the spirit though, I feel jolly right through the new year. I still love the parades, the Santa’s, the cheer, the parties and cookies and traditions . . .even the politically correct pretense that we don’t celebrate Christmas in this country.
I love the spirit of Christmas. Peace on earth; good will toward men; the essence of giving that permeates the holiday season, whatever you are celebrating at this time of year.
Yep, I think I’m ready. Bring it on!
Don’t let the commercialization of Christmas get you down. Create your own little version of how you want to celebrate the holidays and follow the plan. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to prove you get it. But you could spread a lot of love. It’s delicious, it’s festive and it’s free.