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Pre Christmas Blues

Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's early Sunday afternoon and I am sitting here at my computer getting ready to do some internet Christmas shopping and I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed, not too mention a little emotional. I must admit, the monthly hormones aren't helping.
I usually have a lot of my Christmas shopping done by now, but I have been dragging my feet. I am just not feeling too excited about Christmas right now. Don't get me wrong, I love all things Christmas because it's such a special time for family, friends and all of the warm and happy feelings that come with it.
But, with the economy being what it is, money is tighter than normal. I know Christmas shouldn't be about the presents. I understand that and it isn't a problem for me. In fact, I hate that it is so commercialized anymore.

I have tried to explain to the kids that we won't be spending as much at Christmas this year. Not that we went crazy with presents any year, but it still bothers me that they might be disappointed.
The youngest one just figured out there is no Santa so he knows that it was us buying the presents all those years.
I guess there is a lesson here for them and me. Which is you don't always get everything you want and the lesson for me is that I can't be Supermom and make everything blissfully perfect no matter how hard I try.
I am probably making more of this than I need to and the kids will be fine.
Just feeling a little blue today and blogging about it helped.
I will take a few deep breaths, find my happy place and all will be ok.

Just thinking about one of my favorite Christmas movies "Christmas Story" has already put a smile on my face.
Ok, I'm good now.

Have a great week!

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    I saw Christmas Story this weekend. I thought about you when I saw it. :-)

    4536 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/8/2008 7:11:55 AM
    You are not alone with that feeling. I have talked to a few people and they are feeling the same way. Take one shopping day at a time.
    4542 days ago
    I know how you feel. I have felt that way in year’s past. This year, with so many people thinking about finances (maybe hyped up by the media more than it needs to be) but lots of people are having less of a Christmas than they usually do.

    I’ll tell you that I have found that kids are much more understanding and accepting than many adults. The kids around me cope with less Christmas much better than expected. Kids really can be gems. They are happy to have a couple of the things on their list. Even though they don’t have everything they wanted, they usually are pretty resilient when it comes to a skimpy lot beneath the tree.

    So, just love them and hug them and they will push past any disappointments.

    4543 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2008 7:20:49 AM
  • COOP9002
    As you say, this is going to be a challenging Christmas for a lot of us, because of these difficult economic times. We've had the same discussion with our daughters. We're trying to focus more on the essential truth of Christmas.

    May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    4544 days ago
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