Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's beginning to feel...

I'm sure you're all filling in the blank with "a lot like Christmas", but for me I'm just not feeling it yet. Perhaps because I have done very little so far to get ready for the season.

It's the second week of Advent, but the first Sunday I've made it to church. My youngest, Simon, was out of commission for two weeks after having his tonsils and adenoids removed. It was two weeks of reminding/encouraging/forcing him to drink liquids every 20 minutes so he wouldn't get dehydrated. So we missed the 1st week of Advent last Sunday.

My hubby does the grocery shopping every week. (Thank you, darling!) So, I've been missing the whole commercialization of the season with the canned Christmas muzak and specialty green and red decorated items in every aisle.

The weather has been unseasonably warm for West Michigan, which has been fabulous for not having to wear a heavy winter coat, but 50 degree temps with light rain doesn't put me in the mood for singing Christmas carols. I've never lived in the south, so I expect my Christmas to come with lots of cold air and snow.

I've barely begun to shop for presents. The boys have submitted their Santa wish lists, but I haven't had a second to look through them. Thank goodness Christmas is on a Sunday, and I have the whole week before to get gifts shipped to my house.

And finally, there's no Christmas tree standing in my family room. We always go out a few weeks before to chop one down as a family and engage in a snowball fight, but we have no snow! It just doesn't feel right to drag a tree through the mud to the car.

But now, I've just returned from picking up my eldest from Youth Group, and I caught the last 10 minutes of the film they were watching. Suddenly, I feel my mood uplifted and the wonder of the season flows through my veins.

What, you ask, were they watching that could turn things around so suddenly?

It was Santa's sled being powered by the spirit of the season as a crowd of disbelievers - turned believers - sang Santa is Coming to Town, as an oversized Santa's helper hung on for his life.

Know the film?

Yep! It was Elf. The perfect antidote for any Scrooge-like feelings this season.

What gets you into the holiday mood?

Wishing you a lovely holiday with your family.


Bronwyn Green said...

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas always puts me in the right mood! (The animated one - not the live action monstrosity!)

Also, hanging the stockings is a sure Christmas mood booster. :)

Tess Grant said...

Seeing Christmas lights always makes me happy!

WS Gager said...

In Jackson we were dipped in 4 inches of snow and that turned the key for me. Kids even had a snow day and we put up the tree. Course the snow is now gone with the rain today but I have the decorations to remind me. Merry Christmas to all!
W.S. Gager
W.S. Gager on Writing

T L Doezema said...

Days when I'm snowed in, I snuggle up with a good book, and can admire neighbor's christmas lights. The commercialism REALLY turns me off so I try to avoid it... Honestly, boycotting most of the commercialism puts me in a very Christmas-y mood. :)

Stephanie Michels, author said...

Playing Christmas music while I put up the tree and then the AHHHH! moment when you turn on the lights for the first time!

Yep! It's Christmas!