Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Did Christmas Happen?

Went back to work yesterday and was met with the usual, "How was your holiday?" and "Did you have a nice Christmas?".  And, of course, my usual response was, "It was really nice, thanks.  How was yours?"

(Not that anyone really cares.)

But as I began to reflect throughout the day, I stopped myself at one point and wondered if Christmas had really happened.  I remember traveling; I remember lighted trees and lots of food; I remember seeing family.  But when I reflect, it seems to me that something was missing.  For some reason, it's almost as if I am recalling a Christmas that happened a year ago or longer, or even one that I have imagined.  But it doesn't seem real.

Those who know me well know I love Christmas:  I love the weeks leading up to it, the shopping, the carols, the tired, tired, tired shows that play year after year.  I love it all.  But this year, for some reason, notsomuch.