To me, having holiday spirit means being excited about the Christmas season, feeling the anticipation, and looking forward to all of the events and traditions that are part of what makes this time of year so special.
That being said, my Christmas spirit is running a little low just yet. We've had three Advent Sundays at church so far, with the lighting of the candles, and we've got some outdoor decorations up (wreath, lights), so there are those visible/ tangible reminders that yes, Christmas is coming, but we've also been too busy the last few weeks. My husband's running around like crazy at work, then he comes home and works on renovating/refreshing one of our basement rooms for our son. This means ripping out carpet, laying sub-floor, laying vinyl planks, painting, moving furniture from here to there and there to here. Our basement is a mess, and that's usually where we put up our Christmas tree.
I do have the majority of our Christmas cards distributed, and I have bought most of the gifts, but there are still indoor decorations to erect, including the tree, goodies to be baked, gifts to be wrapped, a Christmas luncheon to host, a cocktail party to attend, the house to clean and tidy, and Christmas dinner to prepare and serve. With less than two weeks to go!!
Thankfully, my son is going to come and help his dad this Friday, and my daughter will be home from school Saturday. I know she'll want a break after her exams, but I hope that by Tuesday she'll be ready to help bake, decorate, etc. (Maybe she will read this and feel inspired).
One thing that is helping with my Christmas spirit are the carols I'm hearing as I drive to and from work these days. I heard this one today and really enjoyed it:
What fires your Christmas spirit the most?