Are You Feeling the Holiday Season?

Man, I just don’t feel the Christmas spirit this year. I don’t see many people who have put up Christmas lights or decorations. I know there have to be some people out there who may have snowflakes and mistletoe on their doorsteps, Christmas presents under the tree, family and friends visiting each other while baking cookies and singing Christmas carols… well, it isn’t the case for me.

Even the weather is warm outside. Climate change is affecting the holidays! There aren’t really any movies or any media that I’ve seen, outside of my church promoting Christmas events, that are really promoting Christmas this year. Maybe I’ve been too busy in life to worry about it. Even last month’s Thanksgiving holidays didn’t feel right, and out of the norm for me. Our family didn’t come together and have a united family holiday experience like we normally do due to people having other plans.

Can you believe that I haven’t bought one Christmas present yet! What I’m beginning to understand is that I have to take responsibility for my Christmas experience or holiday spirit, and I need to make it what I want it to be. 

It’s the holidays for God’s sake! Where is the family cheer? Where are people coming together? Where are the jingle bells and red sweaters?

Ok, the bottom line is that I went to visit my mom and dad yesterday and I didn’t expect to feel what I felt… I’m still gaining understanding of the feelings I felt. You know, I go to my mom’s house… silence, I could feel the emptiness inside her home as I walked inside. Though she had some Christmas decorations up, it always worries me that she lives alone. I go to my dad’s house… he and my stepmom are just going about life as if the holidays were just another day.

After seeing my parents, I didn’t feel like Christmas was a week away. I know they were happy to see me, and I know they love me. But, where is the Christmas spirit? I suppose I can’t ask someone to give what they don’t have.

Does anyone feel me? I know not everyone has my perspective. So, please feel free to share your feelings about Christmas this year, and your plans and expectations for Christmas?

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Jason Perry

I'm a black man with Christian values. A father to my son, a friend to those who desire my friendship, a lover of life and even more...


  • Maya Moore

    December 17, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Im not in the holiday mood as much as i normally am this year either. In fact it wasn’t until i put up my tree this week that i started to feel more in the mood. I sent Christmas cards this week and bought my first Christmas gift. The holiday cheer isn’t there for me like it has been in the past and you’re right, i dont see as much promo in the media as usual.

    One thing my pastor always says is that as an adult you have to create your own holiday experience. When we were kids someone created Christmas for us. As an adult we take on that responsibility and subsequently have to make the most of it.

    As far as your folks, my mom always says you can’t expect someone to give you what they dont have. However, I’m determined to prove her wrong. 😂😉

    • jason

      December 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing Maya!

  • Nzingajulson7

    January 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I absolutely love the holidays. I mean I love the meaning. God is the reason. And I love that having God in everything, He makes the holidays so beautiful. Even beyond the holidays, he makes everything beautiful. Christmas time, I put up my tree, the kids and I decorate, we go into the stores and just looks around, laugh, smile,sing. I gave cards to my coworkers and the week so happy to receive. You know Christmas brings joy and smiles. I love it. I can say that when people are not feeling the happiness of the season. I try to make it fun for them by giving them a smile. A smile gives so much joy, and it’s contagious l, lol. I pray that during the holiday and after the holidays everyone will find some way to share love and cheer. I hope this helps. Amen😃

    • jason

      January 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Every little light of encouragement brightens my day ☺

      • Nzingajulson7

        January 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm

        That and smiles. 😃

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