The feeling of Christmas

“City sidewalks. Busy sidewalks.
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas”

So goes the opening lines of the Christmas song “Silver Bells”.
It’s playing in my head right now as I search for that ‘feeling’ of Christmas and go through the motions of all that needs to be done at this time of year.

I love Christmas. I love the decorations and the feeling of anticipation and the rush of love that people show each other.
I love that for one day each year people are (mostly) kind to each other.
I love the carols and songs that play in the stores as people shop for food and gifts for the day.
There is so much to love about this time of year.
BUT…..
I’m struggling to find that ‘feeling of Christmas’ spoken about in the song right now. It is in short supply around here.
Perhaps it is the news of the past week that has left me feeling bereft filled as it was with so much death and loss.  Martin Place in Sydney, a school in Pakistan and a suburban home in beautiful Cairns have left me wondering what is happening in the world right now. These events have taken their toll on my feelings of peace and goodwill.
So I go through the motions of things that need to be done.

  • Presents purchased, wrapped and under the tree (mostly done)
  • Baking (well the Christmas cake is done)
  • House clean (what can I say? It’s an on-going process)
  • Food organised (woo hoo – that’s one I can check off)
  • Cards mailed (check that one too)
  • Listen to Christmas music (when I can)

As I complete each of these things, I’m hoping  the feeling of Christmas will come.
I have spoken to so many people who are struggling to find the joy this Christmas also. Like me, they just aren’t feeling it this year.
I wonder where it has gone and why it feels the need to hide from us?

As I type this post, I look forward to a Christmas where I see my children smile. (I know the grandchildren will. The day for them will be filled with the things they love – people to play with, a pool to swim in and presents to unwrap).
I look forward to a Christmas that for one day we can forget the events of the past months and enjoy the company of each other. I look forward to laughter and teasing. Good food and fun.

And so as I move toward Christmas, I keep searching in the hopes that the ‘feeling of Christmas’ will come.
When it does, I will embrace it and then send it on its way to everyone else who is searching for it right now.
I haven’t given up.
I still have three days!
Now, off to do more baking. 🙂

Blessings to you all.

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27 thoughts on “The feeling of Christmas

  1. It is difficult getting into the Christmas spirit with all the bad things going on in the world. I also am not feeling it this year…at all. I wish I could and been trying to force myself too, but as of yet – nothing. I do hope that you will get into it soon and that you will greatly enjoy every moment. We must remember that positive thoughts bring positive times. 🙂

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    1. I do remember that and try my best to be positive but right now I am struggling. It is a hard time of year for my boy and his wife and I want to help but I know I can’t.
      We can’t all have wonderful and exciting Christmases every year but I’m working on it.

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  2. Reblogged this on galesmind and commented:
    It is difficult to have a feeling of love for the fellow man when there are so many incidents that are the opposite of that but I think most people are basically kind so I hope for those. Merry Christmas friend. I am glad for one present. Having met you!

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  3. I thought of you Suzanne, when I heard of the violence in Australia, and was wondering how close you might have been. These events really do affect us, even as far as Canada.

    Thank you for sharing this from your beautiful heart. May the joy of Christmas come to all of us.
    ~Carl~

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    1. Although I have been near Martin Place and can see it clearly in my mind’s eye from my last visit to Sydney, I don’t live near it. I also can see Cairns within my memory from our holiday there last year but I don’t live near there either. I think when you have visited a place it makes it more real when something happens.
      Thank you for your kind thoughts Carl. ❤

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  4. I am so disillusioned right now with the atrocities around the world..add to that a pesky little nuisance troll stalker and I shall appreciate this Christmas and count my blessings. I hope you manage to find some strength from bloggers’ comments in response xx

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    1. Thanks Nia. I would have to say that to me shopping is the worst of it lol. However I thank you for your hugs and your wonderful, caring attitude at this time.
      I hope you have an awesome Christmas dear.

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  5. Merrey Christmas to you and your family Suz. I’m sure that the spirit of the season will grab you shortly. Just keep the music and cookies and decorations and presents coming and so will come the spirit. 😀

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    1. Thanks Paul. I’m trying to cut back on the Christmas food until the day really so I eat well for a couple of days and then I’m naughty. I really must finish my baking today and that always involves licking the beaters! 😉

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    1. I’ll see what I can find for you Glynis. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any right now but I’m sure that they are there. We do have an Australian version of the book The Night before Christmas. 🙂

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  6. I know how you feel. We are all struggling to find the Christmas spirit this year because we can’t help being reminded of Commando Senior and missing him terribly. The news is something I’m trying not to watch because it seems so full of doom and gloom but, whenever I do, I feel sad to find so much tragedy. Let’s hope we can both muster a happy Christmas from somewhere 🙂

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    1. There have been some terrible things happening in France right now as well Marie so I’m sure that is dominating your news. 😦
      It will be difficult this year for you and Commando missing Commando Senior as you do. I hope that you can make some good memories at this time.

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  7. Smell–really take in the aromas of the foods you are cooking. Listen–hear each note of the music playing. Look–really look at the faces, and into the eyes of those you love. Look in the mirror and smile at yourself. Unfortunately, we can’t fix all that is wrong with the world, but our tiny world can be oblivious to it for a few short days? There are so many ugly things happening, so many misguided souls, but the only part of our world we can control is ours. I hope you are finding the spirit! ❤

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  8. I’m struggling too but I’ve always loved the Christmas underneath the Christmas. The feeling of hope of renewal. The symbol of light, blazing twinkling lights in the dark of winter and the voices in song!! The wee baby in a manger!!

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