We have our Christmas tree up. Neighborhood houses are lit with holiday lights. I’m drinking coffee out of a cup decorated with holly leaves. I’m not feeling Christmas yet, though.
Maybe it’s because our son isn’t home yet from college. Or maybe I need to listen to Christmas music to get in the spirit. Or maybe I need to bake Christmas cookies. Something. Right now life just feels like regular life, but with different coffee cups and a twinkling fir in the middle of our living room.
Is this what it feels like as we age? I know it will never feel like it did when I was a child, or when our own children were small and Christmas was the holiday the entire year revolved around. But that doesn’t mean it has to feel like every other time of year. I want it to feel at least a little bit special. Maybe I’m expecting the holiday spirit too early in the month. I probably need a Christmas scented candle for my office and tins full of sweets.
I think I’ll start by shopping for gifts.