Christmas Reflections

Why should I expect Christmastime to be a step up from a life already filled with celebration and wonder?

Sometimes it happens for no good reason. As holiday festivities swing into gear, I find myself more melancholy than merry. Feeling lonely, even when I’m not alone. Going through the motions, in hopes that a spark of cheer will find good kindling and warm my mood. Continue reading “Christmas Reflections”

Holiday Savings Time and the Hunt for Christmas Spirit

I’ve finally mastered the fact that Daylight Savings Time has been expanded (it only took me 8 years to adapt!) – but I’m struggling to embrace that the holiday season now starts well before Thanksgiving, and extends into mid-January.

14 – Boxing Day

I recall that Boxing Day had its origins in England, as a day when the household staff could take a day off to spend with their families. For the occasion, they would carry boxes of leftovers from the fancy Christmas meal.

For me, Boxing Day has another meaning – putting away Christmas decor into boxes for storage. It’s a dreaded, but necessary task – and I find that it’s best tackled straight away after Christmas. I put some bluegrass music on the stereo and managed to get almost everything put away in three hours.

As I worked, I munched on the last of our Moravian Cookies and looked back on this year’s collection of holiday memories. My heart is filled with Christmas Spirit. Continue reading “Holiday Savings Time and the Hunt for Christmas Spirit”