Why do I get the Christmas feeling in months that do not hold Christmas?

If you do not celebrate Christmas, I think I can still explain the feeling, because I’m sure you get it at some point in the year. It’s slightly anticipatory, very nostalgic, with a large dose of hope.

I want all the sights, sounds, and smells that come with this. I’m always tempted to watch the movies that my family loves – – how can we laugh at the same lines, year after year? “The little lights aren’t twinkling, Clark,” and “It was an ugly tree, anyway.” Ha ha ha. Ho ho ho.

It’s not that I haven’t seen family and, so, I might miss their presence. It’s not like winter, when I start thinking I can’t stand another moment of cold and hate the bare trees whose leaves, just a few months before, I had enjoyed watching turn gold, orange, and float to the ground.

And I’m not one of those people who starts shopping early, so that I’m wrapped and ribboned by Thanksgiving. I particularly hate Black Friday.

What is it about this time of year?

I’m not even counting the time away. Usually, I like whatever period we’re in, being a season celebrator. Still, it zings through me at odd times, like this morning, and I think, “Not too far. Not too far.”

Whatever it is, I hope that you, too, have something that makes you yearn for it’s arrival. It’s delicious, a feeling that something wonderful is just around the corner, just about to happen.

But not yet. Not yet.

Here’s a link, if you want to bookmark a countdown to Christmas: www.xmasclock.com. And here’s one if you celebrate something else, or look forward to something else. You can make your own: mycountdown.org.

Myself, I’ll just keep waiting for these shivering moments.