Where is the Christmas Cheer
Posted by Lisa | Filed under Uncategorized
Five days from what some call the most stressful time of year and I am brimming with Christmas spirit. Usually around this time I want to crawl into a hole and sleep until the New Year. I typically find the holiday season quite stressful – all the traveling (usually in bad weather), the change in schedule for the kids and most of all of the buyer’s remorse. Oh the buyer’s remorse – thick and heavy, dampening the holiday and contributing to my Ba Humbug attitude. But this year is different. It feels good to have this lightness and excitement for the holiday spirit. But it leaves me wondering – what’s different about this year? The answer is actually quite simple. No Debt. I have never been able to manage Christmas without going into debt until this year. I started saving in July and I spent no more than what I had saved. I cannot tell you how good that feels. It’s so good to give a gift that isn’t saddled with bad feelings about the debt I incurred, how I will pay it off and how I let myself down. I’ve also let go of some of my own hang ups (i.e. what the gift I give says about me) and bought small, thoughtful gifts within budget.
Christmas brings a lot of pressure. We all get caught up in the things we have to do and it really takes away from what the season is supposed to be about. We run in to angry and frustrated shoppers who seem pressed for time, people seem to wish they were anywhere else. People are spending like crazy to live up to an ideal that is really only in their own heads. Everyone is too busy to take a moment and spread a little joy. I stood in line at the grocery store the other day and not a single person ahead of me wished the cashier a Merry Christmas. Everyone had their heads down, swiped their cards and got out of the store as quickly as possible. Whatever your reason, if you are having trouble getting into the spirit of the season, I dare you to wish 5 people a Merry Christmas today and not feel that spirit take over just a little bit. What are you doing to enhance your Christmas cheer this year?
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season.