For me, December is a busy month. There is Sinterklaas, celebrated in Holland on December 5th, and my son’s birthday on the 17th. Then of course you have Christmas, and the period leading up to it, and the time after it that brings us into the New Year.
Growing up in England, Christmas is the holiday for me. I love Sinterklaas, and think on the whole it is a better holiday. In terms of execution, in terms of how they have actual answers for the standard child question; ‘how does Sinterklaas go around every house in just one night.’ Yet, I cannot shake the feeling the December is about Christmas. (My son’s birthday is obviously not really included as that trumps everything.)
The spirit of Christmas, the act of giving instead of receiving. Ok, we don’t -very rarely – actually get the Dickens Christmases, but it doesn’t matter. For that is the image we conjure up for ourselves every time Christmas comes around.
This being said, there are certain things that need to happen before I can truly feel that Christmas spirit come to life. It is strange, that I will admit, but I simply cannot even begin to feel Christmassy, until I hear Slade Merry Christmas on the radio.
I have no particular connection to the band, as they were well before my time, but I have come to associate this song with Christmas, and without it, I just cannot feel truly festive.
What do you have that simply has to be seen or heard before you can celebrate Christmas? A song, a smell, a date? It’s weird confession time 🙂