Friday, December 9, 2016

This Festive Week

Today I’m going to a Christmas party. It’s being held at the centre where my hospice client with dementia attends four days a week. It’s a day program that offers recreational, physical, social and spiritual activities to individuals with limitations and challenges.

Anyhow, as many of my blogging pals know, I volunteer with the local hospice organization and I’ve been providing support to this elderly man’s family every Wednesday since last October. A couple of weeks ago, his wife asked me if I wanted to attend the party this year. He’s allowed to have one guest. I was surprised and pleased and honoured - in that order - that she would offer this to me.

There’ll be a whole lot of fun stuff going on, which includes a sit down lunch, a visit from Santa and - get this - Scottish dancing! Yeah. I can’t wait.



Today’s party will definitely be one of the most special moments this holiday season. And perhaps it’ll kick start the Christmas enthusiasm, which is lacking this year. Despite my festive posts, I’m having trouble getting into it. I have absolutely no Christmas spirit. Zip. Zero. I haven’t even started decorating yet. I’m not sure why this is happening and I’m confident my Christmas spirit will kick in at some point. But still. It’s a little disheartening. Raise your hand if you feel the same way.



Last week at the mall, the most amazing man in the world and I saw a bunch of young men waiting for their photos from Santa. They had taken a group shot, all of them wearing Christmas sweaters, and they were laughing and joking and having a grand old time as they waited for their pictures to be printed. This made me smile. It reminded me of when my girls were little and I’d take them to see Santa. They’d take a photo together with him and then I’d request one more where I’d be included. Santa would smile and ask me what I wanted for Christmas and I’d say “a vacation would be nice”. He’d chuckle and hand me some candy. Vacation denied.



Speaking of Santa... Apparently, he doesn’t have just elves making toys in the workshop. Here’s a cute video of some other helpers. Enjoy and have a super weekend!


50 comments:

  1. Love that you got the invite. That is super duper special. Bummer about the Holiday spirit. Does it have anything to do with the heaviness on the Internet about the election? I don't read any of those posts, so I don't know but I figured I'd ask because it sounds like I'm hearing from a lot of folks this year that just ain't feeling Christmas.

    Maybe the snowy weekend will help. It's very pretty here. Covered in white. Hoping for a nice long snowed-in weekend.

    Hugs & Bugs,
    -- Me

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    1. I can't quite pinpoint. Probably a combination of things. A little bit of snow might help when it finally gets here. Thanks for the hugs and bugs. Hugs are great, but they're even better with bugs :)

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    2. I'm hearing this a lot from folks. More this year than last.

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    3. Perhaps the new year will put an end to that!

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  2. Sorry about the missing holiday spirit. I have mine, but damned politics keeps trying to rain on the holiday parade.... As of this morning, I have bannished Twitter and anything but local news from my life, until further notice. It's just too upsetting.

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    1. Good for you! Stay away from the crap at least through the holidays. No one needs that kind of negativity.

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  3. My holiday spirit finally kicked in today after the sun shone for the first time in 3 weeks. I know this because I kept track. And it snowed last night which brightens things up a bit too. Hope yours kicks in.

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    1. That is wonderful! It's a heartwarming feeling. Perhaps mine will kick in when the snow arrives.

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  4. My comment is on the post below...I must have taken a wrong turn in the snow ❄❄❄❄❄❄

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  5. we have to get you into the Christmas spirit Martha! I put my decorations up and it helps to plug the lights in at night! Then the cakes and cookies started coming...oops.

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    1. I'm not giving up quite yet, Christine! Plenty of time for this feeling to arrive!

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  6. Take the candy cane, lady. It's the best option. Smiles.
    Have a great time at the party, Martha. I hope it gives you some Christmas mojo, or at least a candy cane.

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    1. And you know what? I came home with lots of candy canes :)

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  7. Well, I've finally written the cards ...
    Decorations to be done over this weekend ...

    What a very special invite to receive - and Wow Scottish dancing - now that is different.
    Looking forward to hearing a little more please!

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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    1. You're on a roll, Jan! I should write up my cards this weekend.

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  8. The video is adorable. My pups liked the sounds coming from it. I don't go to parties, but I would go to the party that you're attending. That's lovely. Maybe the way to get in the Christmas spirit is not to try to force it. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel. Or do what I did and put up a few decorations. It doesn't have to be a lot. The lights cheer me up. I even have a small tree with lights and no decorations here in my office.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You got it, Janie. Forcing it doesn't help at all. I'm just going to go with the flow and let things unfold as they may!

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  9. I am raising my hand too. I am finding it hard to have any Christmas spirit this year.
    Thanks for sharing the video. It is adorable.
    Hope you had a wonderful time at the Christmas party.

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    1. I hope your Christmas spirit kicks in. Glad you enjoyed the video!

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  10. Santa's elves, LOL! Have fun at the Christmas party!

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  11. I do hope your Christmas party is a blast and that it puts you in the spirit. I think I won't truly feel like I'm in the spirit until my vacation starts which is Dec 23. It seems like everyone is trying to work as hard as they can and work others to death (myself included) by the holiday. I feel like shouting, "Take a chill pill, everybody!" This is when we should slow down, reflect, be kind to one another and encouraging lots of smiles, laughing and dancing. There will definitely be a lot of that at your party! xoxo

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    1. You are right! This time of year people should not be running around like lunatics or working themselves to death. It's a time of relaxation, reflection and connection. But that's me :)

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  12. I reposted the dog elves on Facebook. So funny!

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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  14. I think as we age the Christmas excitement lesens. Then when we get grandchildren it goes wild again.

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    1. That makes sense. If I don't get any grandchildren, I'll have to borrow someone else's :)

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  15. That is such a great video :)

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  16. You know I have felt that way about Christmas pasts with the lack of holiday spirit. Find somewhere to help someone else out. A toy for someone that might not get one. A donation to the food bank, etc. This is literally the first year in 10 years I can actually see Christmas decorations and not have dread or a deep pit in my stomach. Borrow a kid and have them help you make cookies or decorate the tree (easier said than done I know). And if all else fails, just do with it with your thoughts and mood. Sometimes a good cry helps too.

    I think it is so sweet you are going to the hospice Christmas celebration. Such worthy work you do there! I hope you have a great time.

    Another thing that helped me was to look at other people going through far worse than I was going through and seeing their efforts at trying to be joyful this time of year. It helped put things into perspective for me, but I have to say some years it has been a struggle to feel that Christmas spirit and joy.

    Hugs to you!

    betty

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    1. These are all wonderful ideas, Betty, and many of them are on my list. Helping others, engaging in the community, participating in events...all these things bring on the Christmas spirit. And baking cookies, too :) Perhaps I'll do a little of that this week and see what happens. Thanks for your lovely comments!

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  17. Yeah, I hear you. This year I'm having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. Both my kids moved away and aren't coming home this year...we aren't even putting up a tree.

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    1. I feel the same way, Linda. No kids home for Christmas. I'm sure this is one BIG reason I have no Christmas spirit.

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  18. This year is the same for me, Martha, not much 'spirit' at all.
    The other day I was out shopping on my own and was successful to find a few things someone will like.
    That helped a bit.
    Today I am off to my father's for our annual family get-together. Now that is probably what I need to get more into things this year.

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    1. That sounds wonderful, Jim. Have a great time. This may very well be exactly what you need to start feeling the Christmas spirit!

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  19. I feel exactly the same way this year about Christmas. It's the shock of the election. I have put up some decor, but it's only making me feel worse. Maybe I should bake some extra gooey cookies.

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    1. You can't go wrong with cookies. I should do the same this coming week. Perhaps it'll get me going!

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  20. Geez Santa, where's my magic lamp?

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    1. Did he not receive your letter at the north pole? Send him another one :)

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  21. I think that you being picked as his one guest is AWESOME. That is just so heartwarming. The fact that you are so kind to be doing this type of volunteerism has to be rewarding on it's own but I think attending the party will make it even more special.

    I am feeling more festive this week, now that the house is decorated and a lot of baking has started. The lights and sounds of Christmas make me happy.

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    1. The party was wonderful. It gave me a whole different perspective. And I met so many amazing workers and volunteers.

      I should do the same, Cheryl. I should push myself to decorate and do some baking. That always does me some good!

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  22. That is an honor to be invited, I hope you had a wonderful time.

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  23. It must have felt great to be chosen as the party guest and I hope you had a wonderful time.

    I'm not feeling Christmas the year either, I've done all the decorations, well most of them, but I only did those because my oldest daughter is returning from Uni this week and I felt she'd feel a bit dissappointed if I hadn't done anything.

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    1. That's the great thing with kids...they motivate us to keep the spirit going. Maybe that's my problem this year, that my daughter is not coming home. In fact, it's probably a huge contribution!

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  24. love the video! I haven't had Christmas spirit since I was in my 40's. Someone needs to straighten me out!

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    1. That's too bad, Sandy! I hope my posts help a little :)

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