It's been slow in coming, but I think I'm there. I've found my Christmas spirit. We put our tree up with the kids Thanksgiving weekend. I still haven't finished decorating.
But I'm finally "feeling" like doing it. What helped? Certainly not the weather. We are not making our usual trip out East to see the nephews. I don't bake.
Getting the feeling involved a serious counting of my blessings. It has been a tough year for our family but we have found how lucky we are with fantastic family and friends and our health.
Getting the feeling came from being involved helping with the Christmas Play at church as the kids prepare. You are invited on 12/18 at 10:30 at St. John Lutheran in Janesville.
Getting the feeling came after watching a 1st grade holiday program (Celebrate what you Celebrate) that included our adorable neighbor.
Getting the feeling came from a co-workers sweet little one circling her "wish list" in a catalog. I remember my parents egging my now 21 year old into circling more & more!
The clincher, for me, was to read the story, the Christmas story - from the Bible, not the red rider b-b gun one. Thinking about the responsibility of those two young kids having a child without really understanding how. Just trusting that all would turn out right.
So, I'm trusting the same, and have my spirit - and hope you can find the same.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Becky Weber-Johnson lives in Janesville with her husband, Tim, and without their children who are away at college. She is an account executive at WCLO/WJVL and is the Saturday morning host on WCLO. She volunteers at her church, with the Optimist club and SpotLight On Kids. Becky is a community blogger and her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.