December Feeling, Gift-giving

When December comes everyday living becomes slightly different. Days pass faster, but not just because the curtain of the night covers the sky around 4 PM, we’re also being drawn into a hypnotizing spiral of compulsive Christmas shopping & ticking the boxes on the list of our accomplishments. Not to mention that it’s a perfect month for everybody at work to suddenly be reminded about the deadlines drawing near. Add it all together, don’t forget to include not enough sleep in this equation. Plus a bunch of caffeine. Can you feel it? The pressure is on.


There are days when the gravity of planet Earth feels too much for me. Days when you’d rather stay at home, in bed, alone, because you feel that that you’ll be pushed down to the ground on the first occasion. Still I take every day head on. But short days are like energetic vampires that suck the power from my body. I am tired lately. Tired of many things. Advent should be a happy time of Holiday preparations. It’s not – because the commercial craze of Christmas started at the end of October here. Too many sparkling lights seen too early take away the happiness of looking forward to them. The charm is gone.

But I guess I’m not broken yet for there are still things that sparkle joy at this time of the year. Very little things that make me unexpectedly happy. On previous weekend I prepared gifts for my friends from abroad. I don’t know them in person, I have no idea what their voices sound like but they are MY friends. Trying to create memorable presents and assembling them in these 2 boxes really made my heart feel warm. Or going to the cinema to see Frozen 2 with a colleague from work on Wednesday. Animated tales are so beautiful these days. Wish I were like Elsa and let it go…

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3 thoughts on “December Feeling, Gift-giving

  1. Jillie says:

    It’s hard being a grown-up. The magic has lost its charm, the lights twinkle less brightly, the excitement has fizzled away and there are so many pressures – not only to achieve targets and get things done, but also to enjoy yourself. However, there are still those moments that bring warmth to your heart and comfort to your soul. Good friends make life feel good, not just at Christmas, and there is that message (often hidden and forgotten) that this is a time to be kind to all. Let the joy creep in!

    • lucasai says:

      It is, but I think it’s more about December blues or a Christmas blues in my case. By the time the calendar shows 24th and 25th of December I’m already fed up with overwhelming Christmas atmosphere that was served for 2 months and a bit.

      I do hope your gift will brighten your Chrismas and that the joy will eventually creep in indeed.

  2. hajusuuri says:

    I love the expression “curtain of the night”! I agree that the hustle and bustle of commercialization of Christmas tarnishes the true meaning of why we’re celebrating Christmas to begin with!

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