I used to love Christmas. Now I have no Christmas spirit.
A friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago if I was excited for Christmas. My response was that it doesn’t really mean much to me. I used to really enjoy the festive spirit of December, but now it sort of seems like just another month. Perhaps my lack of contact with Christmas spirit is what has erased my excitement.
I don’t have a TV, so am no longer exposed to Christmas films and carols. I haven’t gone to a Christmas market in years. I no longer receive candy canes from high school friends. I no longer shop other than for groceries so I don’t see all the elaborate displays in the stores.
I have spent the past few years in Poland for Christmas, where it is a big deal, but perhaps it is the language barrier that disconnects me. It doesn’t even cross my mind to text ‘Merry Christmas’ to my friends and it surprises me when I receive one of those messages.
I also don’t understand this tradition of taking a photo of yourself and posting it online with a Christmas message. Why do I want to see a photo of you on Christmas? Maybe I have just turned into the Grinch…