Where's that Holiday Feeling?

@34momma (13918)
United States
November 15, 2008 7:25pm CST
Is it just me or is the holiday feeling not here yet? I mean i am doing my holiday shopping and all of that, but I am not having that holiday feeling. That excitement that come when picking out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. I don't know if it is the fact that everything cost so much now and you are not getting much for your money. I am not sure what is really going on with me, but does anyone else feel this way, and why?
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Actually, I have the spirit but no money. I am ready to put up decorations and am planning parties!
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
16 Nov 08
good for you laglen. i think maybe i should start doing that. maybe i will get the children to make decorations for the house. we can work on a project together that might help
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I've been in the spirit for a week at least as you can tell by my avatar. I'vce also added a photo of my house lit alreadt too below in my response. I am worried about money etc as well but it is the season for giving. No matter in which way one gives. All the kids and grandkids know that the gifts won't be as nice/valuable as before and they don't mind either. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Stiffler07 (1356)
• United States
16 Nov 08
We need that Bull to start running again ... $$$ - We need that Bull to start running again ... $$$ (Stock market Bull)
We have entered some hard times with the recession and all, I'm sure things will bounce back soon. When the economy is back to normal, I believe peoples spirits will be back to normal. It's sad to say, however Christmas has become and probably always has been so commercialized.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
16 Nov 08
i think you have a point about that. people are scared to spend money not knowing if they are even going to have a job. and with the cost of everything now it is just so high. i think change is coming soon enough and i can't wait
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• United States
16 Nov 08
My Holiday feelings left when the Real Estate market took a turn for the worse. I dont think anyone is too much in the holiday spirit with credit and mortgages in a crisis. It would seem that we may have to revert to the real meaning of the Holidays: Sharing and Caring and appreciating life.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
16 Nov 08
i know, the real estate and wall street thing is really something else. it may be that, i am not sure. but i know with the holidays coming fast, i have to get myself to get myself into it
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
I am sure you are not the only one feeling that way. As it is, the crowd at major shopping centers have thinned out as compared to the same period last year. I can actually walk into a shopping center without having to bum into people with shopping bags and uncouth aunties who thinks everyone has to give way to her. Going shopping now is actually pleasant! But like you said, even with the decorations and the festive music piped thru the shopping center's sound system, the mood is just not there. Like something is missing. Just cannot put the finger on it.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
20 Nov 08
that's just it. something is missing and i am not sure what that is. i know money is low for most of us, and i am not sure that's my problem. something is missing, what is it, i have no idea
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
21 Nov 08
Probably it is the mood of the period. With the gloom in the economy, many people are just not in the mood to shop. And when there is no jostling, no competition to grab the same item with another auntie who is shopping for her family, the... well, mood and maybe fun, if shopping is just not there. Or maybe it is something else. Just cannot put a definitive finger on it.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
17 Nov 08
No, it's not just you:) I'm not feeling it yet either. I just noticed that we are closer than what I thought, and it scared me because I haven't thought of it at all. In my case I suppose it is the fact that I am thinking about so many things at the same time, worrying about so may things at the same time... I don't really know what it is, but I'm still not in the spirit yet.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 Nov 08
i don't havea bunch of things on my mind. and most of the time i begin to feel it right around now. maybe because this year my son is away at school, i am not sure. maybe i will feel it soon enough
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
17 Nov 08
We'll get it soon :):):) ( I hope LOL )
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Holiday Lights - My hpouse is lit for the Holidays way early. But the snow makes it so pretty.
I am the complete opposite. As you can tell by my avatar I am REALLY in the Christmas Spirit. In fact seems I've spread the cheer around my neighborhood. I did a discussion about that as well today. I also have decorations up outside and have even had them turned on. Here's a shot of them after a light snowstorm we had. That snow fall really boosted me into the spirit. Now look at me in my hat and say I am not in the mood for the Holidays. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
16 Nov 08
hey grandpa, i think i need to come take a walk down your block. so i can get into the whole holiday spirit. I love your avatar by the way
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Thanks. I love my Santa Stocking Cap a bunch as well. Really brings out the spirit in me. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ebsharer (5519)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I have it a little bit. Most of my presents are bought and wrapped. I only have a few things left to get. I think I am already irriated and sick of it. I mean Christmas has been displayed in the stores since October and the carols are playing in stores and on the radio, decorations are already up. Its here for so long now that we really don't have the spirit month any more. Does that make any sense!? LOL I know what I am trying to say but I don't know if I am saying it right! ITS BEEN A LOOOONG WEEK! LOL
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
20 Nov 08
that makes a whole lot of sense! it's holiday overload to the point that the holiday spirit is just gone.
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yes I know just what you mean, I think its because so much is going on right now the economy is so bad its a scary feeling to know your job can be lost tomorrow. I know I'm at a state where I feel I should be saving rather than spending but I know when that time comes around I will be trying to get my loved ones all that I can. :o)
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
18 Nov 08
it is an uneasy time. I know there are so many people out of work right now. i have been there so i know how crazy that can make you feel. i am so blessed to have a job that i really like and i know i will have for as long as i want it. but my heart does go out to those who don't have that comfortable feeling right now.
@trinale (1486)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I got into the spirit two months ago! Got my Christmas shopping done already and just waiting until I return from my Thanksgiving vacation to put up the lights and decorations. I've been thinking about giving the neighbors something to talk about and putting up lights now! Stan
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 Nov 08
LOL i hear ya Stan. I am glad you are feeling it this year. i am just about done with my shopping thank goodness! so maybe once i start to wrap my gifts i will get a boost
• United States
16 Nov 08
i think once Turkey day passes, then it begins
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 Nov 08
that might be true, so come on next week so i can start getting in the mood
@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
It is too early yet. If I was king of my country I would make it against the law to do anything about Christmas until December 1st. It is a month and a half yet almost so there is lots of time yet. Ask again a couple of weeks before the actual holiday. Did I say it is too soon yet?
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 Nov 08
LOL i like the way you think. i mean that is 24 days to get ready and not two months. I love that idea
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Hi momma! No you are not alone! Everyone seems to be feeling alot like that this year! It is because of the way the economy is and the way everything feels. There is such a feeling of not knowing how the world is going to be, how we are going to cope in the year to come, if the economy will pick up, if the job market will increase, if the stock market will increase. It is such a terrible time for everyone. The feeling of unsurity is taking the fun out of the holiday season. It is no wonder that people are finding it hard to enjoy shopping and spending. I also, for me anyway feel that it is just a little early for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I don't usually start feeling the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving. But, if my mood doesn't start to change I don't know if even that is going to help. I sure hope it does though!
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 Nov 08
i think that might be it. I really do hope that things start to turn around next year. we as a country had a really long and rough 8 years and I think we can all use a break
• China
17 Nov 08
i find the holiday is very exciting and funny.Maybe i can climb the mountais in the suburb or do sports in the Sports Center or shopping in the business center.So what i want to say is that we should enjoy life,not desire.
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