Saturday, November 26, 2011

A different Christmas Spirit

And just like that, Sunday is closing in, and this super-long weekend will be over.  Bummer.  I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy the holidays!  The minute Thanksgiving is over, all I can think about is Christmas. 

Finally today we had some free time, so Forbes and I set to work putting up our Christmas decor.

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As cheerful as this is, unfortunately I spent most of the day in a sour mood.  I couldn't put aside the desire for more, more, more, buy, buy, buy.  Although I never went out and bought anything today, I felt very unsatisfied with my material possessions.  As we were unpacking the Christmas boxes from the attic, I was unhappy with everything.  I just wanted to pitch it all and start from scratch. 

I don't know what came over me today and made me so miserable, but it was no fun.  I knew once I had everything set up and decorated I would be more than happy, but it was hard for me to get to that point.  I just sulked all afternoon.

While I sulked, I begrudgingly set up the tree and the centerpieces on the tables.  Forbes, meanwhile, was outside hanging Christmas lights!
This is our first year hanging lights outside.  We bought several strands on sale after Christmas last year and we were so excited to hang the lights!
(I need to ditch the pumpkins...they are ruining my Christmas vibe!)
I am so particular about Christmas lights on houses.  In my opinion they should all be white lights and very straight!  Forbes did a fine job! 

With the lights on the house and all of our Christmas items on display, I feel much more at ease.  I didn't like the way I was feeling earlier today.  I don't like being discontent and materialistic.  When it comes down to it, those things just don't matter.  I am so blessed to have this beautiful home, and all the decorations I already own.  Still, those things shouldn't be where I find my happiness.  I look to God for the source of true joy, but get lost in the cracks and find myself pining over things that will not bring me lasting joy, only momentary happiness. 

Do you ever find yourself feeling this way?  What do you use as a reminder that money does not buy happiness?

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