Not in the Spirit

This is supposed to be happiest time of the year. Yeah I get it but life happens and usually during the holidays. People get so focused on buying gifts and spending money that most don’t have in the first place. I’m a regifter, no shame in mine whatsoever. I look at it like this, I enjoy giving gifts. I mostly like to get really creative with it by doing edible gifts, making baskets and using a theme. Don’t really care to get gifts in return but I appreciate the thought. My issue is that I always get people what they need. I will not get you just anything. But folks tend to just get me whatever. Ok instead of letting it sit taking up space because it isn’t remotely even my taste, I give it to someone who will definitely appreciate it. I got others in on the tradition as well. I keep what I like though so this isn’t every gift. Just had to put that out there before folks start catching feelings.

What I’ve learned in my 37yrs is that the holidays are more about being with loved ones and people you care about, not presents. Granted not many get to spend time with their families and reminisce about the good ol’ days. I could definitely go without a single gift if I could hang with my cousins. I like when people help those that aren’t as fortunate to have family or anything at all. Like I don’t get why in this great country we have poor and homeless people especially Vets. It’s cold out and the thought of people freezing with nowhere to stay warm and have nothing to eat angers me. I’m not rich but if I was I would do what I could to help end homelessness and hunger. That might just be me but I think if all the rich people contributed some of their incomes it could fix the problem. Just saying, it’s a thought, a good one but a thought.

Basically this year I’m not really feeling the Christmas spirit so to speak. Many are battling the Big C, some lost the battle, others have different health concerns, there’s financial struggles, career changes etc. With so much going on how could anyone put presents as a priority? Well people can and do. That’s fine, I’m a firm believer in doing things for others and you will be rewarded in due time. You know put good energy out and it will be returned. Treat people how you want to be treated. I mean Jesus is the reason for the season anyway. Well in my house at least. I respect other beliefs as well. I never believed in Santa because I knew where the gifts really came from and when your dad is a State Trooper the idea of a fat intruder somehow getting into your house while you’re sleeping through our fireplace didn’t sound quite right.

So goodwill, peace, love, joy or whatever. If only folks lived by that all the time and not just use the words when December comes around and a new year is about to begin. They don’t want to go into the next year the same insensitive, selfish, uncaring jerk they were the previous year. They want to wipe the slate clean. Well I just want that same holiday spirit when the holidays aren’t happening. Maybe I care too much as I’ve been told before. But what’s wrong with caring all the time? I give so much of myself all year long that I barely have extra during the holidays. So call me a Grinch because I’m not hype on the songs, the decorations, the cookies (I prefer cake) and buying unnecessary things. Most people only see each other or even speak to each other once a year anyway so I don’t see why your presence isn’t gift enough. It gives me a good reason to shop, my favorite past time but life is so short that being around folks is priceless. I know what it’s like to almost not see another holiday. Heck another year! That’s why I don’t put too much into this. It’s another day that I’m thankful to see and spend with family. To get all into the spirit while so many struggle, sorry I’m just not feeling it.

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