Saturday, December 11, 2010

Strapping on the Weight of Expectation

Why do I hate Christmas?  I've never been able to say exactly, but someone else put it nicely into words for me a few nights ago.  She said that around the holidays we tend to "strap the weight of expectation onto our shoulders."

We're supposed to be in a joyous and generous mood, surrounded by family and remember that our troubles will be miles away.  I'm generally always in a good mood, but being constantly reminded by the television, radio and signs all over the mall that the two people I want most to be with, aren't with me this time of year tends to put me in a less than joyous and generous mood.  I suppose I'd rather just be happy because I'm happy, without any sort of excuse to force it.

I've vowed that next year at Christmas I will be somewhere in the African jungle or perhaps in a Muslim country where I can just be happy and not constantly reminded that I don't have a husband and children to gather round the tree with on Christmas morning.

8 comments:

Christina said...

Christmas means Forbes is almost here :)

Anonymous said...

Houston do you copy over?

Glen Volk said...

Jamie,

I am so touched. I am one of the two people....aren't I :-)

Your friend said it perfectly.

kermit said...

Don't give up on Christmas so fast. your smart enough to know the difference between your own and other peoples expectations. If you need the tree and some kids your welcome at my house. One hour here on Christmas morning and you'll have a real reason to hide in Africa.

Connie said...

I just want to remind you that you're an awesome goddess on this earth. Love, Connie (and Bobby from Down Under).

Jamie Shelden said...

Connie, you're a sweetheart. I'll give your man a big hug for you in a few days!

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