I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday, and even if you didn't you have my deepest sympathies and hope you at least made the best of it as much as you could. As for everyone else who doesn't celebrate, hope you had a lovely day regardless. :)
It just seems like things were always going wrong this month in preparation of the holidays. Starting with our freaking Christmas tree which I put up the moment December arrived. We have a pre-lit tree with both multicolored and clear lights, when all of them are on it is all magical and lovely. Unfortunately this year it has been brought to my attention that the lights on this tree are slowly, but surely, dying. First, the top half wasn't going on, and then no clear lights were on, and after getting a little device to help fix the broken lights it seemed like it was working, but then the clear lights got too bright and hot and then burnt out. I tried to research the problem to better understand what I could do about it, but none of the answers were fitting to our situation. So we concluded, after weeks of struggling, that our tree is just on its last legs. :(
And then there were issues with the other lights that we put up. This isn't unusual because there's always something wrong with one of our lights, but it seems that every single string of lights we had stored away were not working. At all. Even ones I bought fresh last year.
We bought a new haul, and they seem to be working fine for now. *knocks on wood* But yeah, it was just strange.
Then I became sick which reduced me to being lethargic and not getting things done in time (i.e. Christmas cards, wrapping presents) which I feel horrible about because now thanks to being sick my sleep schedule is all wonky, and I feel tired of being tired and lazy all the time.
Leading up to preparing for Christmas Eve dinner, I made dessert (brownies), which I didn't feel confident about them being made because they weren't the usual brownie mix I make, even though everyone said they were fine I just had a wave of anxiety after making them because I knew that I kind of fucked up somehow. Also at dinner I didn't feel well after eating something.
BUT ALL OF THAT ASIDE, it was a pretty good Christmas. We watched Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, my choice for the Christmas Eve movie night, which everyone ended up enjoying way more than I thought they would. Opening of presents was great, and I loved seeing my mom's reaction to the gift I gave her (was nervous and excited for that moment, tbh, because it was something I bought on a whim and I didn't know whether she would love it or not, but she did and I'm happy.) And yeah, that was my Christmas. So even with the oddities and mishaps that occurred, things worked out for the best in the end.
Is it just me, or has Christmas this year felt incredibly weird?
Some think it's because you get older and your perspective on the holiday changes, but I don't think that's entirely true in this case. Christmas can remain magical no matter what age, in my opinion. I just think it's the combination of the strange climate change we've been having and the stress from this year that has caused this different kind of feel to the season. It also doesn't help that I was sick for most of the month anyway, as well. So, yeah.
Oh, and thank you lynnylou for your card. ♥