As a student I struggle to find the spirit of Christmas, as exams, final papers, and deadlines surround me. I put up Christmas lights and decorations, listen to Christmas music in my room (as my housemates don’t want to hear it), and try to find the spirit. But it's hard. Christmas should be such an exciting, blessed time of year, that is filled with so much joy--but where is the excitement and joy in essays and exams?
This past week I turned on my Christmas lights in my room, scooped myself a bowl of Chocolate peppermint icecream, snuggled in my winter jammies and watched 'It's a Wonderful Life'. It started to feel like Christmas. I was happy, I was smiling, but I still didn't feel that spirit.
But today. Today I found it. I found the spirit of Christmas and it was bundled up in 6 little elves as we made our way to the Santa Clause Parade. As much as I don’t like the commercialization of Christmas--I sure love a good Santa Clause Parade, and today I enjoyed it with6 of my little friends, Alex, Grace, Iain, JD, Jonah, and Shannon. Theywere all so happy, giddy with excitement and after months of not seeing eachother wererunning in for hugs and kisses. I was happy. I was smiling. I felt that spirit.
There was something so special about the parade today that gave me shivers down my spine, and it wasn't just the cold. As I was standing at the side of the road, listening to the cheers of the crowd, and watching the children peek from their blankets; I realized I was surrounded by some of the most important people in my life. I was surrounded by the ones I love, by babies that I have cradled and watched grow, and friends that have turned into family. We were all huddled together, gathering candy canes that were thrown from the floats, zipping up coats to stay warm, dancing to the music, and kissing cheeks to the ones we love. There was Christmas spirit at the side of the road with the ones that I love and that made me smile from ear to ear.
The day continued to fill me with Christmas spirit as I laid down for a nap and listened to Christmas carols, and as we gathered with our church friends to enjoy a Christmas Turkey Dinner. Although we joked that the dinner would be far more entertaining if we had a glass of wine (or two, or three), there was still so much warmth spread around that filled me with Christmas cheer.
(Hazel is my saint. I absolutely love this lady- sweetest person you will ever meet. I am so lucky to have her in my life)
So my little getaway to Home Sweet Home filled me with lots ofChristmas spirit and now its just a matter of will that spirit carry with me? One more essay to complete, a take home exam, and two final exams, and I will be done for 2010! Let's just hope the Christmas spirit stays so I can be wearing my smile from ear to ear.