Friday, December 6, 2013

Where are you, Christmas?

"Where are you Christmas?
Why can't I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Where is the laughter
You used to bring me?
Why can't I hear music play?"

-Faith Hill, Where are You, Christmas?

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. I love the hustle and bustle of the season, the countless gatherings with family and friends, the twinge of excitement that hangs in the air. It's a season of happiness, love and good cheer (unless you count the years I worked in retail, at which point, everyone was a grumpy mess.) My mother says it all the time - Christmas is the time of year that makes Lily happiest.

Not so this year, unfortunately. I am decidedly UN-Christmas-y as we wind down 2013. Last year our house was decorated by the middle of November and we were in full holiday spirits by December. This year, I have had no inclination to pull out the Christmas decorations. Our cards are sitting unwritten in a pile, waiting for our well wishes to family and friends. The only Christmas thing we have out are dish towels - and only because I did laundry and needed clean towels and they were on the top of the pile. My poor husband has been trying to get me into the holiday spirit by suggesting we put up the tree, but I'm just not feeling it.

Perhaps it's because there isn't as much snow as last year (it's white on the ground, but there's really not much.) Or maybe I'm just feeling a little extra homesick because our vacation and time spent with our families is still fresh in my mind. Just goes to show that although it does get easier over time to be far away from home, it still hits you once in a while.

The weekend perhaps...over the weekend we will put the tree up and bake cookies and all will be well. For now, just call me the Grinch.



  1. ...I dragged my stuff out last week and decorated! I broke my rule of waiting until after my birthday...but you know what? with the cold and darkness I'm so glad I did! Wishing you a bit of Christmas Cheer this weekend as you start your decorating!!

    I also hear you about missing your families...this year I'm not going south for Christmas...but I'm staying north and having it at home. It's going to be rough to be away from family...and will only be the 3rd ever Christmas I haven't been home. But it I'm looking forward to my 2nd Christmas here in Pang... (spent Christmas here in 2009!)

  2. I do feel a bit more Christmas-y now that the tree is up...we didn't go as crazy as we normally do, so I feel like it's a bit ho-hum, still. It is nice to sit and watch the dog run in and out from under the tree though...I keep forgetting this is his first Christmas with us, so it's all new to him!