This holiday season has me all up in my feels. Emotions started bubbling up when Christmas displays were placed in stores. Literal tears fell from my eyes as I looked at trees glistening with lights, beautiful ornaments, and garland, and stockings, and and and. It was surprising and unsettling, to say the least. Dabbing my eyes down the aisles of At Home is not how I planned to spend my morning.
I am not a big feeler. My Christmas tears are usually reserved for Christmas Mass. I am certainly neither a Grinch nor a Scrooge, but the idea of going all out at Christmas has always been exhausting. So we do things the kids love, and maybe make a few special requests happen.
But there is something magical in the air this year. It’s a palpable emotional surge ringing in the holiday season. It’s everywhere, and everyone I know feels it too.
So reflecting back on that Grinch-passage, I think this year we all feel MORE this Christmas.
More hope for healthy and happy futures.
More love for those who we can finally embrace this season.
More compassion for those who are suffering.
More JOY in celebrating!
So if you see me crying in the Target Christmas section, know they are not sad tears, but overflowing wonder of the beauty of the season.