Holiday Amnesia

by Cait

I think I might have holiday amnesia. When I wake up in the morning it feels like July. Or maybe October (seeing as we have the flannel sheets and down comforter on the bed). As the day goes on I remember that Christmas is looming, but the house remains undecorated. The next morning I wake up thinking it’s summer or fall again.

Last year I had our wreath hung up, I added snowflakes to the front windows (using Gel Gloss since Gold Seal Glass Wax is impossible to find), and decorated the (incredibly expensive) tree while listening to the soundtracks of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Nutcracker.

I have about 8 more of these snowflake stencils, anyone want one?


A month or so ago I tried to prod myself into the Christmas spirit by decorating the mantel. I called it a winter mantel, to fool myself into thinking it was ok that I didn’t feel very festive. I broke out lots of blue, mercury glass, and used Sara’s flameless candle insulator trick. Halfway through I gave up, plunked my garnet & gold Bowden flakes on the right hand side, and went to Home Depot. I figured we’d replace it with something more festive when the inspiration came. They’re still there.

We worship the church of football, so that makes it ok, right?

While writing this You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch came on my Nat King Cole (Holiday) Pandora station. I gave it a thumbs up.

I mentioned earlier that we finally brought our Christmas tree inside, but it’s not decorated yet. Fortunately this year’s tree was about half the cost of last year’s, so that part makes me feel a bit better.

As for why I’m not in the holiday mood… Let’s just say it’s been a tough year. Some of my Twitter friends know part of the story, and I talked a little about part of it in veiled terms here. Mostly it’s a combination of factors.

Here’s hoping the new year is merry & bright.

8 Comments to “Holiday Amnesia”

  1. All I can say is, put your big girl pants on and move forward. You will survive and try not to do it by having an un-merry Christmas. Hugs, your friend.

    • Thanks JD. There’s a lot more to it than just the lost friendship. Sometime in January I should be able to write about it.

      We are definitely still having a merry Christmas, it’s just a different sort of merry than years past.

      Hope you have a very merry Christmas!

  2. Hang in there – this too shall pass. A friend of mine posted this quote on Facebook the other day and I thought of your friend break-up post. ‎”When people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you, and it doesn’t mean they are bad people. It just means that their part in your story is over.” Might not apply specifically, but I thought it was a good one. Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Lindsay. I’ve seen that quote on Pinterest, it is a good one, and I think it applies a little bit.

      Robert sort of threw caution to the wind and stop by the friend’s work to talk to him recently. He wants to be friends too, but everything is sort of up in the air right now. Hopefully the legal aspect of things will stop getting postponed so we can just get on with it.

      Merry Christmas!

  3. I think it’s easy to think you “have to” do things during the holidays. We have picked things we enjoyed this year and we’re only doing them. If something seemed like work, we skipped it…and I haven’t missed those things. There’s still time!

    • Thanks Michelle! That’s an excellent point!

      I decked out the front porch tonight because I enjoy coming home to a pretty, fun porch. And I pulled the tree decorations out of the closet, so we’ll probably put those up tonight when Robert gets home.

  4. Definitely only do those things that add to your enjoyment this holiday. And nice insulators!

    • Thanks Sara!

      I’m glad you and Michelle reminded me to only do the things that add enjoyment! I think it’s easy to get swept up into feeling like we have to do what’s expected.

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