It is in the midst of the holiday madness and I am just not feeling it. I remember eagerly anticipating this time of year and counting down the days. It meant days off from school, fun crafts and creating with Ninja_Mom, the eagerness to gift and receive, the delicious food, the sports, the games, looking at other people’s lights, and being together. As I got older and no longer lived at home the holiday season expanded to mean reconnecting with friends and family I hadn’t seen for 6, 8, or even 12 months.
Time continued to pass and the family expanded with significant others, marriages, munchkins, in-laws, gathering in places around the US instead of my hometown, and eating unfamiliar foods made by strange cooks. Throughout it all I still kept my own personal traditions from watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the old Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, and White Christmas to discovering I bought waaay too many Christmas presents over the year to searching out recipes for us to try. **note: My family banned those movies except once a year due to over-watching on my part.**
But after Christmas of 2013 and its drama all I wished for was a drama free Christmas of 2014. I didn’t receive my wish and Christmas of 2014 if anything was even more drama filled. I am not talking the kind of drama with a Playbill and over prices snacks but the kind of drama that makes you consider going on a solo trip for the next holiday. The lead up to Christmas of 2015 has also been extremely full of emotional lows and stress but the wind seems to have changed and is taking a turn for the better. **cheers**
So now I have some hope for Christmas of 2015, I need your help getting into the spirit of things. Please provide me your recommendations for holiday stories to read. While my family does celebrate Christmas please do not limit your recommendations to just those stories which include Christmas. As a token of my appreciation I will thank one of you with a $10USD gift certificate from Amazon or Barnes and Noble because I really want to get back to enjoying the holidays once more!