I have had forbidden thoughts… Because lately I have felt like Christmas is not very interesting any more. I felt like I couldn’t get into any kind of Christmas joyful mood. And without kids, what’s the point? It’s super dark outside, and if we get snow it melts straight away and creates iced streets or gray water that leaks in and makes soggy socks. It’s just not the kind of weather or time of year I enjoy the most, you know?

You are never so lost that your angels cannot find you.
Jeff Rees Jones

Spread in Christmas Junk Journal no 1 hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

Also, I am not over the moon in love with our regular Christmas food, I don’t like to drink julmust and I am not a fan of gift hunting. And cutting down innocent trees and slowly watch them die? No thanks.

And I know I’m not alone. I saw someone posting similar sinful thoughts in a Facebook group I’m in here in Sweden recently. They were saying that they wished we could just skip the whole thing of Christmas altogether. But instead of being called out for Christmas Blasphemy or being too negative, she was acknowledged and sent hugs and support.

A lot of other people in the group joined in on the idea, with different feelings of Christmas Blues. It could be overwhelm, discomfort for not Loving the Holidays enough, or simply not wanting to decorate their homes at all! Some wanted to hide until it was all over, others had already created their own version of what felt more comfortable for them.

Maybe the unspeakable†Christmas Blues is more common than we think?

Spread in Christmas Junk Journal no 1 hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards, and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed. Charlie Brown

For some I think the whole idea of†having to be happy and cheerful on a specific week or day†feels strange and totally foreign. Like: Nobody tells me what to do or what to feel, right? And at times I know for a fact that celebrating when you’re not feeling it is super hard. It can make life feel even more depressing than it did before. Others have had bad experiences as kids with holidays gone bad, presents never bought, or homes where the holidays has gone overboard in one direction or other. And it is totally okay to skip it all, if that’s what you need to feel calm and at peace with yourself.

To me, though, I think it’s just a case of being tired and not feeling like I wanted to get into it this year again. We’re talking about giving less gifts, eating less holiday food, and downsizing the whole thing. A minimalistic celebration? And perhaps that is a good thing after all. More people should try it.

Spread in Christmas Junk Journal no 1 hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

Anyway, I did find a solution for myself this year! A little trick that made me feel happy and more positive towards Christmas again, and that’s what I wanted to write about today. How to turn Christmas around and make it cheerful and something to look forward to this year and next year.

How to (maybe) cure the†Christmas Blues

Christmas is like a little light in the dark, cold Swedish winter. I should embrace it better, and this year I started to do so as soon as I sat down with my Christmas papers. My initial plan was just to make Yummy Christmas Paper Kits†to sell, to de-stash collected imagery, wrapping paper and other Christmas ephemera. They were very popular last year, and I love sharing my collection of goodies. As I made little piles for the kits, I realized I could create a Christmas Journal as well… Because, why not? I had enough papers for it. As soon as I started, I felt the tingling of the Christmas Spirit inside my heart. I made three journals to sell in my Etsy Shop, and then one for myself too of course, because… why not?

I really enjoy making Traveler’s Notebook style inserts, and book making is always enjoyable to me. But it wasn’t until I started to fill my own Christmas Journal that I was reminded of so many good things. A spark was lit.

Spread in Christmas Junk Journal no 2 hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

I was not only reminded of my never ending love of notebooks and journaling, but of how lovely this time of year can be. I guess in a way, my spirit was lifted, because I didn’t feel so Christmas Blue anymore. I doubt I’m totally cured, but at least I could see through the patterned papers and the cute snow flake images, how lovely it can be.

Getting into the spirit of the holiday (yes, a bit late but who cares, it's still just mid December) hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

Maybe the solution, at least for me, would be to just embrace the whole thing through papers, washi tape, cute images, glitter tape, stickers and tags? By journaling my way to the feeling, instead of waiting to feel it so I can journal it then?

Note to self: What to do to feel better

Here’s the to-do-list that fixed me up this year:

  1. Make a cup of hot coffee
  2. Turn on a Christmas play list on Spotify (preferable one with new songs instead of the ones I’ve heard a gazillion times before)
  3. Light a tea candle or two, cozy down
  4. Grab a Traveler’s Notebook, a glue stick and some Christmas imagery and start to fill the pages
  5. Make a page, a spread or several spreads every day (or when you can manage), and Christmassy Feelings will start jumping at you from every direction – at least that’s my experience.

I would love to know your thoughts about the upcoming holiday. Does it always find you “in the right mood”, or do you too have tips and tricks on how to get into it (if that’s what you want to do)? You don’t have to fix anything if you want to ignore the whole thing.

I’m pro choice, how ever it looks for you right now. And next year you might make another choice, or do something in a different way. What ever you do, I hope you find some inner peace and calm. And remember, journaling, cutting and pasting or simply filling a notebook with doodles – always help.

My way might not be your solution, but I hope it will inspire you to give it a try.

Spread in Christmas Junk Journal no 1 hand made by iHanna and for sale at ihanna.etsy.com #christmasjournal

BTW: Journal one in the video I posted yesterday is sold, but† (Christmas journal 2†is still in the shop, as well as†Chrsitmas journal 3†- go get them while they’re still there and start journaling ASAP.

December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season.

It really is a choice you make.
Eileen Anglin

Yeah, so I am thinking about Christmas and Memory Keeping and Journaling today, and this post is mainly a†Note To Self: Things I need to remember next year when December is coming up again, because probably I’ll feel the†Christmas Blues again next year in November…

If it helped you in any way, consider leaving me a comment below. Take care.