The Christmas Spirit

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Alright, I am now acknowledging that it is December, although I have to say, where my son is right now, I think it was in the 70’s today, so in some places, my beach obsession is not so far off! But here in Iowa, we have snow and ice, and it’s looking a lot like Christmas. I have mixed feelings about Christmas. It was a big deal when I was a kid. When my son was growing up, we didn’t do Christmas, and in recent years I have done it and not done it. I LOVE all the decorations, the greenery, the whole nine yards, but that is part of the problem…where do I stop and how do I feel about all the commercialism that surrounds this holiday? When I worked at an elementary school, it was fun to join in the card exchanges and cookie spreads for a change and it was a chance to tell everyone there how much I appreciated them. I guess everyone has to find their own Christmas. Now that I am single again, it is really easy to just let the holiday pass by, practically unnoticed. I am glad to avoid the shopping mall and go to a good movie on Christmas day with my boyfriend….but this year I am feeling a little tug for the cultural experience of the holiday. I do believe that rituals are good for us, but I don’t really know what my own rituals around the holiday are or what I really want them to be. Above are photos from Christmas at my sister’s and there she continues our family traditions with long-saved tree decorations and mom’s assortment of Christmas goodies. But I feel the need to find my own type of Christmas. Maybe I will this year.

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    Lani said,

    Hey Jo… I love those baby dolls under your sister’s tree. Were they presents to her from Christmas’s past, I wonder? And the food… I really enjoy the food this time of year. 🙂


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