Have you ever seen the movie Elf with Will Farrell? One of its key premises is that there is a lack of holiday spirit these days, and this is a problem for Santa because his sleigh is powered on Christmas spirit — without it, the sleigh can’t fly.
Well, Santa, I’m part of your problem. I am having a hard time finding any holiday spirit. And I have had for a few years now. Sorry, Big Guy.
I don’t know why it is. I find Christmas is very stressful, what with the getting gifts and going to the mall and worrying about money and dealing with family. Going shopping is something I dread like a root canal. Baking loses its appeal after the first dozen dozen cookies. I don’t feel like decorating. I watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music, but neither makes me feel very festive.
I DO try. In fact, I find myself consciously TRYING to feel holly jolly and festive. And I suck at it. And them I feel more bummed.
Maybe it’s got something to do with family. I am not close to my family. We are close to BDH’s family, but they are so far away. I keep thinking that since we’re going home for Christmas this year, maybe I’ll suddenly come all over with good cheer when we touch down in Halifax. But that seems a little implausible. Maybe it’s easier to be festive if you have kids. But then, I know people with kids, and they are just as stressed as I am.
So what is it? What gives people the holiday spirit? Where do I find it?
If you have an ideas, I’d love to hear them. And I am sure Santa would be grateful as well.