Thursday, December 22, 2011

Where are you Christmas, Why Can't I Find You

There were certain things that I banked on to really bolster my Christmas spirit: children asking me for weeks on end if I believed in Santa (which, for the record, I do!), working on the adopt-a-family program ( seeing the gratitude and humbleness in the faces of the receivers filled the heart with the meaning of advent), holiday art work lining hallways (there is just something about a reindeer built of construction paper cut outs with antlers made of tiny paint hand prints of a Kindergarten child), holiday classroom parties and the reindeer relay.  This year my spirit register is a little low to say the least.  I don't know if it would be fair to blame it on middle school attitudes that visit the chairs next to my desk--it just might be one of those years, a phase.

I had to look around work in which I managed to find a few things, although different from before, that were there offering up the spirit that comes with my "new world."...

It seems my boss got a Christmas outfit promotion since last year. I think he might have liked the Santa suit as much as he liked the elf.  He wore the Santa pants all day long.  I uncovered this costume in the office closest during the transition.  Like me it too got to stay in the building.  A little, a lot, of Febreeze later and it was wear ready.
(I believe this photo should be titled "you aren't Santa, you're a fake, you smell like beef and cheese")

This is where I got a small injection of Christmas spirit.  It came on the last day before holiday break.  The kids of the performing art classes show casing there holiday concert pieces--orchestra, choir, show choir and band.  

Today I have to reach down inside in me to pull my spirit up and get down to business. Heck, I still have a few gifts to get and some grocery shopping to do.  Oh and one more batch of cookies to crank out.

Then I can rest, on this eve of Christmas Eve.

7 comments:

Lin said...

It's far to easy to become disenchanted with all things Christmas--especially when you came from such a sweet world of grade-schoolers who just made Christmas fun.

If if it any consolation, my job has changed too. We got some beeyotch who works in Jim's old cube who screams at anyone who doesn't agree with her. She's gotten me 3 times--now I don't even speak to her. I brought the gingerbread house contest to work to try to rejuvenate my own fun at work--to try to get beyond all that I hate.

Sometimes you gotta work for the joy of the season, you know. But then I think we appreciate it a little bit more.

Merry Christmas, Jodi. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.

JODI said...

Lin- Christmas joy is found in a paid week off work ;-)

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