Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

I've Got the Jingle Bell Blues

Wonder where I've been? Me too. I've been hiding out, so to speak, for nearly a week and I'm not too sure why. I think maybe I've caught a really bad case of the holiday blues. One week ago, I was humming "Jingle Bells," dashing through the store aisles excitedly looking for the perfect gifts, listening to the all-Christmas-music radio station, happy as a lark. Now suddenly I can't seem to face the whole holiday concept.

I'm thinking that, as we fast approach Christmas, I'm suddenly realizing that all the joy and merriment of the holiday season will be gone suddenly next Wednesday. It's always such a build-up to the wonderment of Christmas and then it's over in a flash. Yes...I know...I should be taking it all in and enjoying it while it's here. But, for some reason, I'm already looking ahead past December 25th. I can't explain it...it is what it is.

Of course, this may all be a result of the guest bedroom which is filled with bags and bags of holiday gifts. Maybe the thought of me crouched over all these gifts until the wee hours of the next few mornings, with Christmas wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon, tape and gift tags by my side, is just too much to bear. Shopping is the fun part of the Christmas season for me...wrapping gifts is not. Who knows...

14 comments:

Jodi said...

This has to be one of the most emotionally turbulent times of the year..... hope you find some holiday peace today.

meno said...

I haven't wrapped a single present as yet. I am in denial about the task.

Lynne said...

Joan - e-mail me your address - you won a book! My e-mail is in my profile.

Renee said...

I don't enjoy the wrapping of the gifts either...I mean why? they'll just rip off the paper to get at the gift anyway. Oh well.

We try really hard to keep the Christmas thing going after the
25th...all the way to the Epiphany. "Carry the spirit of Christmas into the new year." And I like the nonstressed part...no more dinner parties. LOL

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

loved your skiing comment. hee hee

Mary said...

Joan,

I'm not overjoyed with gift wrapping either. I do have most of mine done, but can't seem to get to the last few. Then I realized that I need another gift for my daughter and I'm not sure what to get her. A gift card or money doesn't seem appropriate somehow. I did get her a cookbook that she's been wanting, but need a little something else. If you have any ideas, be sure to let me know.

I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you have a wonderful Christmas. Try to chase away the holiday blues.

Love and blessings,
Mary

Patti said...

Sorry you caught a case of the holiday blues, but there is still time to get into the holly, jolly spirit. It's only the 20th...

I don't mind wrapping; I'm better at that than making cookies.

We have fun all week, with 2 family birthdays and generally eating too much!

Lynn said...

Focus on the 26th and the 'after Christmas sales'. Think back to last year and the fabulous deals we got. There...do you feel any better???

patches said...

You're not alone...Might I recommend holiday gift bags? If you aren't in the mood, then regular black garbage bags work nicely too.

Rhea said...

I don't even celebrating Christmas (cause I'm Jewish) but I get sad thinking that all the fun and lights and parties will end very quickly. You're not alone. Happy holidays to all!

rosemary said...

Forget the ribbons and fancy stuff...just paper and tape is all I need and a few tags. I like the concept of bags....stuff a bit of tissue in the botton, put gift in bag, another tissue sheet, name on attached tag. A bit expensive but less than a script for Valium I bet.

Susie said...

I'm not too blue, but I'm super short on time. (and I could use an elf or two to help out!)
xo

HRH said...

good luck with the seemingly endless tasks, but they have to end soon--ready or not--which can be comforting in itself. maybe lay off the all-Christmas radio, it can be hard to listen to the same 14 songs over and over again! I hope all goes better.

Mom said...

Ahh! Too much to do. Too little time to rest and just enjoy it all. So many emotions. It really can be like riding a roller coaster. Keep the wrapping simple and try to slow down and enjoy. You sound normal to me.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Nice to see you again, I was wondering how you were doing. The last thing I kept seeing was that darn post about you being sick... ugh.
I hate wrapping presents with a passion. I like the malls where they have those people that wrap gifts for you for a small fee *insert evil laugh here* or you buy those gifts that are all prewrapped... yeh, I'm bad. I buy gift bags or gift cards and let folks choose their own gifts after christmas. But if you ever look at my gift wrapping, it looks sad, real sad as if a child wrapped it. I have no patience.
Have a good Christmas Joan, and relax, don't stress, wrap it up in a big bath towel, hehe... have fun with it! Happy holidays, my friend!
~Michele~