I Just Don’t Feel the Christmas Spirit This Year…

I’ve been lamenting why I haven’t really felt the Christmas Spirit this year.

I was raised a Christian/Roman Catholic, and I went to Sunday Bible School, and I’m glad for that because if anything, my parents taught me to be religiously inclined and to follow moral principles.

But, I feel that my own spiritual journey had taken me to Eastern Philosophy and Religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. I can celebrate Christmas like the Japanese do (they are so fanatical about Christmas for some reason).

Well, maybe I’m not that into Christmas like that…

It’s just that, to be honest, the whole tradition of Christmas can become a chore.

In fact, I envy my sister-in-law who took her family to New Zealand for Christmas… I think that’s creative. Why spend Christmas at home? Why not travel and see the world?

Anyway, my wife and I have this major kitchen remodel and it’s extended and cutting into Christmas and New Year’s, so that could be the main reason why I’m not feeling it this year. Well, that could be part of it.

I just get tired of wrapping gifts, setting up Christmas lights, and so on and so forth… plus, the money… the Christmas Season seems to start earlier in the year, and the costs keep going up each year as well… it’s become some commercially-driven. Perhaps that is why I don’t like Christmas all that much anymore.

Yes, I know…

Christmas is all about the Baby Jesus.

But I look around me… people are driving crazy on the freeways and streets! Do they seem to be focused on Christmas? They don’t look like it.

Especially in the parking lots at malls and shopping centers, people are fighting for parking spaces and are pretty rude and crude on the roads. Are they experiencing the Christmas Spirit?

I just think that the focus should be more on the spiritual rather than the material… more focus on Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men (and women).

It just makes me sad, and with the current administration being what it is (not going to mention any names in this post, you know who they are) and the fact that there is a government shutdown, it just seems like the world is being totally narcissistic rather than selfless and giving.

Oh, I have made my donations and plan to give a bunch of clothes, shoes and things to Goodwill. And, I will meditate for a peaceful, joyful world, but there is a part of me that has lost that Spirit of Christmas, because something seems to be missing and I can’t get it back.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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