Where is the Christmas Cheer

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.

Merry Christmas.

avatarAuthor Bio ~ Lisa (40 Posts)

Lisa is a 35 year old married mom of 2 little ones (5 and 1). She works full time but feels that managing her finances is another full time job. Like most parents she is trying to figure out how to make it all work while maintaining some balance. She spends most of her time with her little ones but enjoys football and cycling. Lisa is also a sucker for reality tv.


7 Responses to “Where is the Christmas Cheer”

  1. Good message, and I think I will do just that in my travels today!

    I was done my shopping awhile ago, but I need to go to the beer store, bulk barn, shoppers, and loblaws…. I’ll be packing my patience and my holiday spirit :)

    Merry Christmas Lisa!

    Dayle

  2. Very good spirit!

  3. I have been yelled at for saying Merry Christmas, I have been yelled at for not sayin Merry Christmas. I get yelled at for wing sold out of PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones. I honestly don’t mind if people say nothing to me at this time of year because the less that is said the less likely I am to get yelled at.

    After 10 years in retail I’ve given up on Christmas Spirit.

    I’ve died a little inside.

  4. Oh!My!

  5. I say “Merry Christmas” although it’s supposedly better to say “Happy Holidays”. I find my friends of other religions don’t mind and even come to my Christmas party.
    I don’t believe the amount of money you spend has anything to do with how much enjoyment you get at Christmas time. More spent doesn’t mean more good times.

  6. One year I was standing in a very long line to pay for a gift. There was a lady in front of me complaining about not enough cashiers (even though all the cashiers were working and they even had other employees helping put your items in the bag), she complained they were slow, she complained the whole time about everything wrong with the store. She even looked at me and said and I have a million thimgs to do. I said to her you do realize that Christmas is on the same day every year you do have 365 days to plan for it. She didn’t say a word after that. Thank goodness I could enjoy syanding in line and watch all the hustle and bustle of Christmas in peace. Merry Christmas :)

  7. Thank you for your comments everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

    Susana – Awesome come back!! I wish I’d been there to see it!

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