“The Christmas Spirit” is a term most of us know. We hear it all the time in the media and we probably use it ourselves in phrases like:
“getting into the Christmas Spirit.”
“puts me in the Christmas Spirit.”
We have a general understanding of what “the Christmas Spirit” means…
or do we? Do we really know what it means? Do we get it?
Today I was thinking about my lack of “Christmas Spirit.”
I’m just not feeling it yet.
I’m seeing the signs around me…(being a Native Florida girl, the things that signal Christmas to me may be a little different than yours).
(Just a little)
I’m seeing the signs, I’ve even begun my annual hoarding of the holiday candle collections. (I jump up and down in the store when I first sight these on the shelves. I’m all about the pine and evergreen.)
I’m witnessing the season unfold, but I’m missing that certain……
Wait a minute, what am I missing? What exactly IS “The Christmas Spirit?”
I pondered this for a while. I even googled it. <—don’t judge.
There’s no “official” answer but the general term refers to a transformation that occurs as the Holidays approach. People transform; our moods brighten a bit, our demeanors become gentler, kindlier.*
*Let’s just sidestep the obvious here and look beyond the Black Friday beatings and excessive commercialism occurring today. The Christmas Spirit may be fading but it is still alive.
I believe several things contribute to this transformation
~~The shift in focus from ourselves to our loved ones which occurs naturally as we shop, donate and anticipate family gatherings.
~~I think Christians drawing closer to God during this time are spreading the love vibes.
~~The unbridled excitement of children is reminding us of our true selves.
~~The constant refrain of familiar music is like a soothing lullaby in our brains.
~~Last but not least? Twinkle lights. Lots and lots of twinkle lights.
But these things don’t entirely explain it, do they.
Point is: There is something magical that comes over us and it cannot be explained. It’s bigger than us. It’s a spirit of love.
I’m feeling “The Christmas Spirit”
I really like what was written here<—-
Spend some time contemplating what “The Christmas Spirit” actually is and what it means to you. (If you want).
I guarantee it will light your heart’s twinkle lights.