I have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I think there have been several factors related to this. My girls have grown up and there are no longer endless opportunities to dress them up in Christmas clothes and have little photo shoots. The current political situation is both depressing and alarming and I find myself repeatedly lost in thought about refugees or gun violence or the hateful rhetoric spewing from the mouths of presidential candidates. And the weather has been ridiculously warm, which is lovely but doesn't put me in the mood for Christmasy activities. I put the tree up last week and most of the gifts have been purchased, but that's all I've really managed. So today I decided to spend the day on Christmas preparations and hope the spirit of the season would fill me.
It was in the 70's and balmy, but overcast all day so at least it looked like Christmas. I put on Christmas music and shopped for stocking stuffers and wrapped presents. The girls have been busy with our favorite Christmas tradition, their daily Good Deeds. They'd fallen behind, so we made cards and ornaments together.