Blogs by Rebecca Brock
12/13/2007 8:25:05 PM
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For some reason, it's taking me a while to get into the Christmas mood this year. Actually, I know what the reason is (WORK). On a scale from one to ten, my stress level lately has been hovering around fifteen or so.
I fantasize about one day being able to go full metal Martha Stewart and decorate and bake and make my own wrapping paper and all that other stuff she does so well. I love to look through women's magazines at this time of year--Woman's Day, Family Circle, etc. and so on--and get teary-eyed reading the articles about Christmas angel miracles and other heartwarming stories. Sometimes it feels like the lead-up to Christmas is like one big PMS episode...I get uber emotional at the least little thing. Maybe it's a girl thing.
I've come to realize that maintaining the Christmas mood 24/7 is impossible (unless you're Martha, and then you're very handsomely paid for it). My Christmassy feelings come and go in fits and starts. Some days I feel completely alienated from the whole Christmas experience, and other days I'm singing carols and feeling the urge to wrap presents. It comes and goes.
Maybe that's normal. Some years the mood hits me harder than others. One year, when I was at the miserable hell-hole where I used to work, I didn't care what anyone did. Decorate the library if you want, but you're going to clean it up in January. Really Scroogey. But I was so unhappy with the people I worked with and the situation that I found myself in that I just did not give a particular damn.
I'm still not really big on decorating--my family puts up and decorates a tree, and that's just about the extent of it--and that's fine with me. It's not that I don't like decorations, I just like them better when someone else does the work. Me, I like baking. I'll probably bake another pecan pie for Christmas, and definitely an apple pile (yeah, "pile"--it's a huge pie). I'll make some rocky road candy, and some haystacks and maybe some peanut butter candy. And I'm taking the week before Christmas off for vacation, so maybe being away from work will improve my views.
So anyway...my Christmas mood ebbs and flows, like the mighty tide. And that's normal, so I assume. If it's not, then...meh, humbug. :)
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