Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spirit of Christmas



Some people say that Christmas is a really hard holiday. When I was a child I would have disagreed.  But then I was a child and still believed in Santa Claus. As an adult I can see more clearly the despair and the pain that Christmas brings with all its expectations. I can see all the lonely people that have no one to share anything with, and the holidays make that loss even harder. I can see families that cannot be together, friends that have been lost and I can see regrets as plain as the frost on my windows. Not surprising that this is the time of year that many think about suicide.


Struggling as I do on a daily basis, being in a foreign country without a lot of my nearest family, I try to get by, but the holidays are hard. I borrow the spirit of Christmas each year and wear it as best as I can. Bending culture is not always an easy thing to do. You learn to adapt and to adjust. That is what we do and Christmas is what we do as well.


To everyone that reads this, Merry Christmas! Wear your Santa Smile as best you can and take the spirit of Christmas where ever you can find it.

13 comments:

E.J. Wesley said...

Merry Christmas!

EJ

Susan Roebuck said...

I hear you Siv! I'm in a foreign country too, so I'm getting on with it like you :-) Happy holidays

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And carry that joy throughout the year!
Merry Christmas, Siv.

Craziness abounds said...

Wow tis the day. Yours is the third blog I've read that was semi depressing about Christmas. lol I agree though. That is why I try and do extra stuff this time of years for strangers.

McKenzie McCann said...

Christmas between two houses is pretty hard. I also loved Christmas when I was small, but now it's so different. Maybe that's why I love the plays and movies so much, because those never changed.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

A very toughtful post!
I've been living in France for almost 40 years but I still feel nostalgic about my native country, Portugal where I spent the 13 first years of my life!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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I wish you happy holidays and a very merry Christmas****

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

He he he! I've just read your profile;o)
Lots of things in common;o)

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À bientôt****

shelly said...

Have a Happy Christmas! Know what you mean.

Patsy said...

I agree it must be a hard time for many people. Partly I think our expectations get in the way - we think that like in the films everything will magically necome perfect for one day, but that rarely happens.

Misha Gericke said...

Yes, Christmas can be very hard on people. May you have a blessed one, even if you are far away from those you love.

Nancy Thompson said...

Happy holidays, Siv!

Melissa Bradley said...

I haven't been around in a while, but I hope that your Christmas was wonderful. I wish all the best for you in 2012.

Your post made me think because I know people who shut down during Christmas and endure as best they can. I try to invite them out, but they just don't want to and I don't push because I don't want to upset or put more stress on them.

GigglesandGuns said...

Hope you made it through. It was a hard one this year.