Aside from the gifts and decorations (which are nice too, don’t get me wrong), I’ve always loved the joyfulness of the weeks before the holiday. The jubilant music, the excitement of preparation and the unadulterated family time on the day itself. Then there’s the food. I may have grown up in the US, but believe me, we did Christmas the Trini way, which means my childhood memories of this holiday are all tied up with the sight, smell and taste of ham, pastelles, black cake, sorrel and freshly baked bread. As I grew older, the holiday became even more meaningful as I got to create my own traditions (add a tree a tree and lights, subtract most of the strenuous Christmas Eve cooking session).
So now you know why I’ve eagerly looked forward to Christmastime every year. And why I was completely perplexed to discover that I just couldn’t seem to get in the spirit this year.
I’d almost resigned myself to my yuletide-less fate, when I finally got around to putting up my Christmas tree. Normally, it would be up by 25th November at the absolute latest, but this year, with deadlines and meetings encroaching more and more on my holiday plans, I just couldn’t seem to get it done. With less than a week to go before the big day, I’d just about decided to skip the tree this year, when the Boss Lady asked me a very simple question: “Mommy, I have Christmas tree?”
You see, her babysitter had long erected a beautiful tree in her gallery, which my daughter took great pleasure in pointing out to me every time I came to pick her up and I’d promised her weeks before that we would put up one of our own. So she gave me a little gentle reminder about the tree… which also turned out to be just what I needed.
Christmas may have lost some of its magic for me this year, but as long as it’s still magical for her, I think I can manage to get into the spirit.
Are you feeling the Christmas spirit this year? Tell us what gets you in the Christmas mood in the comments!