The other day I asked friend on my Facebook page what Christmas song was their most and least favorite.
And the vast majority just answered that second part.
And with passion, too.
Here were some responses:
“There is not a single Christmas song that I would like to hear.”
I run screaming out of the stores when I hear them…I have to wear my kicker headphones from now on.
I try to avoid going shopping in December. I’m very thankful for Amazon.
Wow, when did we all lose our Christmas spirit?
I don’t know what’s going on this holiday — maybe it’s the biting cold weather hitting parts of the U.S. — but people seem to be in a solid “bah humbug” mood. My girlfriends who are usually finished with their Christmas shopping in November haven’t even started yet. My dad is worried the gifts he ordered — and late — aren’t going to arrive by Dec. 25. And I haven’t received a single can of cookies yet.
What’s going on?
See, I love Christmas. Or maybe I love what Christmas used to be. It reminds of me the final weeks of school, when teachers were in good moods and classmates brought sugar cookies and small gifts to school. You counted down the days ’til Christmas break and then spent those two weeks hanging out at home, baking cookies and wrapping gifts with my mom. I loved every single awesome minute.
And yes, I listened to Christmas music every chance I got.
Now, though, as an adult, we don’t have the luxury of two-week vacations. We are still checking emails and wrapping up projects. Santa doesn’t bring us gifts anymore, either; that responsibility falls to us, and we barely have time to finish our laundry much less buy presents for everyone on our list.
We have to fight crowds, sit in traffic, spend money, bake cookies, wrap gifts. It’s not as fun as it was when we were kids.
But still, I love the spirit of the season. I love that Christmas is about giving and sharing and spending time with our friends and families.
But clearly, not everyone feels the same.
So where are you this holiday season — loving it or hating every stressful moment?