Where’s my Christmas spirit?

Seriously.  Where is my Christmas spirit?  I realised today that there’s only just over two weeks left until Christmas and I just can’t get into the swing of it.  It feels like it’s still months away.  I fear this is wishful thinking on my part.

Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE Christmas.  It’s my absolute favourite time of year. Without doubt.  Yet this year I’m just not feeling it.  I can’t get that Christmassy feeling going.

I think there are a number of reasons behind this . . .

1.  My house is completely devoid of Christmas decorations

We are still in the throes of building work – well not so much building work now as frantic decorating and finishing off.  Dad and Dave are working their backsides off to get our house liveable, presentable and generally Christmas ready and whilst we’re not that far off in the scheme of things we are certainly not in a position to be putting Christmas decorations up.  Hopefully we’ll have “moved in” before the school holidays . . . but then actually that’s only just over a week away.  I fear the Christmas tree may go up on Christmas Eve.

Decorating Christmas tree
Christmas 2012

2.  I’m not working full time

This might seem like an odd thing to say.  How can not being at work mean you don’t feel Christmassy?  But think about it.  I’m a primary school teacher by trade so there’s a whole world of Christmas card making, glitter, excited children and Nativity based action in my Christmas build up as a rule – not so when you’re only working a couple of days a week on supply or in schools where the majority of pupils don’t actually celebrate Christmas.  And of course no full time job means no Christmas Party.

3.  We’re not going “home” this year 

This year, for the first time ever, we will be hosting Christmas in our own home.  Based on the current state of our house this is understandably not a very exciting thought at the moment and I’m somewhat burying my head in the sand about providing a lovely festive feast and generally fabulous Christmas day for 10 . . .
I’m very traditional about my Christmas, by which I mean I do the same thing pretty much every year and that’s what makes it feel like Christmas – so it’s really strange to think that lots of the things which would normally signify the start of Christmas for me, eg packing the car up, driving to York, seeing my parents’ enormous Christmas tree and snuggling up in front of the massive coal fire, won’t happen this year.  Will it really feel like Christmas?
Christmas 2012
4.  I’ve not bought any presents! 

Ok that’s not strictly true – I’ve bought most of the children’s presents but I haven’t bought anything for anyone else.  I’ve had a few ideas but not got round to actually making purchases.  I’m never this disorganised usually but again I think I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security that Christmas is actually ages away and I’ve got loads of time.  I clearly haven’t.

Christmas 2013


So yeah basically I think the single biggest reason I’m not feeling Christmassy is that I’m just not ready.  I can’t cope with Christmas being in just over two weeks time so I think I’ve just sort of mentally refused to accept that it is.  I want to postpone it for about three months – till my house is finished and we can move in to the extension properly, till I can really go to town with the Christmas decorations instead of just sticking our smallest tree up in any space I can find at the last minute.  I want to be excited about having everyone round not panicking about where they’re going to sit.  I want to know all my shopping is done and wrapped.  I want to know that dinner is not only planned but we’ve figured out when we’re actually going to find the time to get to the supermarket and buy everything we need!

Over the coming week I’ve got Ben and Chloe’s nativity at school, a festive family weekend away to see Father Christmas and an evening of mince pies & mulled wine with friends.  Hopefully by this time next week I’ll be feeling decidedly more Christmassy.  If not I’m going to be in trouble!
This Christmas Osctrich needs to get her head out of the sand, stick on “Now that’s what I call Chrismas” and get a grip!!

Ostrich photo: Photo Credit: Conlawprof via Compfight cc


  1. Pippa Ainsworth
    December 9, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    I hope you find your festive spirit on your weekend away and that the house is ready soon!

    • December 9, 2014 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Pippa – me too!

  2. December 9, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Ah bless. Can't say I'm really ready either. It will come though. Have a good one.x

  3. December 12, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    I'm struggling to find mine too. Work is very busy at the moment with lots of deadlines. We have a tree and all our presents sorted, I'm just not there yet. Maybe some more Christmas films are needed!!! Hope you find yours soon x

    • December 12, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Yes I think Christmas film overload is required in our house too! x

  4. cuddles & muddles & muddy puddles
    December 13, 2014 / 3:06 am

    I often find Christmas takes me off guard. One minute it's November and there's bags of time, then December seems to whizz by! I thought I was organised this year and have done all my shopping but need to finish cards, wrap presents and pack our cases to go to my family this week. Suddenly there is loads to do and I don't feel so organised! #tinseltuesdays

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