Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do I HAVE to?

Christmas is always really exciting for me. I love Christmas music, I love shopping for Christmas gifts, and I LOVE decorating my house.

This year just feels different. It feels harder to get into the spirit of things.

I've usually at least gotten my outside lights up by now, but I've pretty much come to terms with the fact that those might just not happen this year (unless I feel really motivated on Thanksgiving--I hear it's going to be 52 degrees!). And honestly, it doesn't take me more than an hour once I start. It's just not something I feel like doing if I ever happen upon an extra hour in my day.

The rest of the house is normally decorated in the week or so after Thanksgiving. But that's already next week! I'm not ready for that! I have to say, if it wasn't for Jack and Leah, I'd probably just skip the tree altogether this year. It's just too much work for something that doesn't feel as exciting as it usually does.

As for shopping, well everything so far has been done online. But that's just being smart. I mean, free shipping from Amazon if you spend at least $25? Who would deal with the malls when that's your alternative? :)

Good thing that Christmas happens regardless of my mood! And really, good thing that God chose to send his Son regardless of how the world felt about it.


annalise + andrew said...

Erin, We didn't "DO" Christmas last year... (Because I was struggling with PPD big time, and the hubs was overwhelmed). No tree. No decorations. I will never forget the worst Christmas ever, and wish with all of my heart that we had pushed through the emotion (or lack of) and celebrated as usual. Fortunately (most of) the kiddos were too young to know what they were missing. But I knew. And it was miserable.

Thank GOD for children, who help us see the joy in joyless times. <3

Peggy Miller said...

The mother in me wants to make everything "all better" for you. I know that's not how you're approaching this season. I appreciate Annalise's words. Telling you how they did things. What worked or didn't. There's a bigger picture and Dad and I are there to walk through it with you. You are SO so many.

Corinne Brummond said...

I would be honored if you allowed me to put up Christmas lights on your house for you...only if you want. I don't want you to pretend & I know you aren't but if you want the lights for Jack & Leah I can do it. I am here for whatever you need, even if it's lights. Let me know.