Justin Blowers

I’ve got a confession to make, I just haven’t really been able to get into the Christmas spirit yet.

I mean I’m not feeling all “Bah, humbug” but I’m also not really feeling bubbly or jolly like Old Saint Nick.

The lights are up, or being put up, the hot chocolate is in full swing, the decorations are lining the street lights and I’m still over here with whole bunch of nothing.

Instead of being all excited like “Christmas is coming,” it’s more disbelief in the vein of “I can’t believe Christmas is already here.”

Maybe I’m just still full from Thanksgiving or maybe it’s because the weather has decided it just wants to be cold, wet and dreary for what seems like every day since Thanksgiving.

It might just be I’m feeling the dread of my bank account since I haven’t started shopping at all for my family. Then again, presents aren’t what Christmas is about in the first place, so I hope it’s not that.

I’ve attended a couple of tree lightings, sang carols, drank hot chocolate and eaten cookies and I still can’t seem to find that cheer. I had a whole bunch of fun at them and I was definitely in the spirit at the events, but it just kind of sapped me after I left.

Maybe it’s just because I haven’t gotten a Christmas tree yet, and it never really feels like Christmas until you’ve got sap all over your hands and a tree that stands up close enough to straight in the living room.

It might just be that my halls aren’t decked with boughs of holly or my apartment decorated in silver and gold.

I watched the penultimate Thanksgiving movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” recently so maybe I just need to watch those old, classic Christmas movies.

See that kid prove Santa’s innocence in court, watch an elf become a dentist, experience the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes in one day and remind everyone that “Die Hard” is, in fact, a Christmas movie.

I also haven’t seen a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie so that might be the problem right there. How can I get out of this rut until I see a strong, goal-oriented business person be whisked away in holiday cheer by a generic romantic love interest during the holidays? Or the single-parent that can never love again falling in love with that one person that makes their child or children feel like they have a mom or dad again?

On a side note, that is not sarcasm towards holiday Hallmark Channel movies, I love those cheesy pieces of TV.

Whatever the case may be, something, somewhere isn’t clicking this year like it does every year for me. I’m just trying to figure out which missing piece will help me get back into that holiday spirit.

The only other thing I can really think of that might be the problem is that I’ve done exactly no baking during this holiday season. No cookies, no cakes, no nothing. For someone with a sweet tooth as big as mine, that’s a big deal.

That seems like the easiest place to start so I’ll start there. Hopefully it will help me reignite that holiday spirit and cheer.

Now excuse me, I’ve got another confection to bake.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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